WHAT'S IT ABOUT

Diagnosed with a mental illness during his senior year of high school, a witty, introspective teen struggles to keep it a secret while falling in love with a brilliant classmate who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition.

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  1. Anthony Sherratt December 7, 2020

    It’s a bold attempt to explore the chaotic mix of teenage hormones and stigma and troubles of mental health problems, and there is a lot to like in Words On Bathroom Walls. The performances are top notch, there are intriguing ideas and some nice characterisations. However the mental health depictions are problematic as the need for a simplistic Hollywood movie appear to take precedence over a genuine exploration. Reducing mental health illness to dangerous skims over the many layers of reality available so while the story is enjoyable, one can’t help but wonder if a too-neat ending will really help the negative perceptions of schizophrenia. I quite enjoyed it BUT the early ambiguities are lost towards the end of a story that became predictable.

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