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Manic is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jordan Melamed and written by Michael Bacall and Blayne Weaver. It was shown at several film festivals in 2001 and 2002, including the Sundance Film Festival. The region 1 DVD was released January 20, 2004. This is also the first time Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel have worked together as each other’s main interest in a film, the second being (500) Days of Summer.
Lyle Jensen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is admitted to the juvenile psychiatric ward of a hospital after beating another teen with a baseball bat during a baseball game; the other teen thought “it was funny” that Lyle’s father was physically abusive. It’s Dr. David Monroe’s (Don Cheadle) job to get Lyle to talk in group therapy sessions. Lyle’s mother placed him in the institution against his will after the incident in hopes of helping him control his anger. Lyle is placed in a room with Kenny (Cody Lightning) a reticent thirteen-year-old, and they form somewhat of a sibling relationship. Lyle has problems adjusting to the confinements of the institution; he continually has confrontations with Michael (Elden Henson) and the two come to blows multiple times.
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