By Angela

A humorous, entertaining movie for anyone who has been told that they have “psychiatric” problems, i.e., that they are “crazy.”

Crazy People (1990)

Starring: Dudley Moore, Daryl Hannah, Paul Reiser, J. T. Walsh, Danton Stone

This movie is about a man named Emory, who is burnt out working in advertizing. His employer believes he is having a mental breakdown when Emory reveals his latest advertizing idea – to tell the truth about the things they are trying to sell. “Volvos. Yes, they are boxy, but they’re safe.” This ridiculous idea of honesty in the advertizing world lands him in a psychiatric hospital to recover.

Meanwhile, back at the office, an error occurs – some of his truthful ads are released. Like: “Metamucil it helps you go to the toilet. If you don’t use it, you’ll get cancer and die.” Surprisingly, these ads are a HUGE success. Emory, however, has fallen in love with one of the patients and does not want to leave the psychiatric ward. Instead he inspires his fellow patients to help him, and he transforms the hospital into a branch of the advertizing company he works for. You will enjoy watching the characters’ transformations and listening to the wild ads they come up with.

Many of us with brain injuries have been told that “there is nothing physically wrong,” implying that we are crazy. Once you get lumped into being one of the “Crazy People,” you tend to become a social outcast and are looked upon as having nothing of value to contribute. One of the refreshing and humorous aspects of this movie is that the “crazy people” in the story are found to have some very valuable talents which society wants. As these talents begin to blossom and these people are valued by society, they begin to heal and grow as people.

Have you been labeled one of the “Crazy People?” What strengths and talents do you feel you possess which may or may not have been nurtured by your brain injury journey?

© Angela Cramer, 2008

Tags: TBI, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, post concussion syndrome, movie recommendations, Crazy People, psychiatric illness


1 Response to “Crazy People”

  1. October 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    A friend sent me this email today, and I thought it fit so appropriately with the movie, “Crazy People.” I’m half way tempted to try a couple of these!

    For those of us with brain injuries who have difficulty with understanding abstract thoughts, I find things like this to be cognitive therapy. Some of us become such concrete thinkers, that understanding why these things are humorous helps with the abstract thinking.


    How to Achieve a Healthy Level of Insanity:
    1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
    2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice!
    3. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
    4. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.
    5. In the Memo Field of all your checks, write ‘For Marijuana’
    6. Finish all your sentences with ‘In Accordance With The Prophecy.’
    7. Skip down the hall rather than walk and see how many looks you get.
    8. Order a diet water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.
    9. Specify that your drive-through order is ‘To Go.’
    10. Sing along at the opera.
    11. Put mosquito netting around your work area and play tropical sounds all day.
    12. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their CLE planning committee because you have a headache.
    13. When the money comes out the ATM, scream ‘I Won! I Won!’
    14. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling ‘Run for your lives! They’re loose!’
    15. Tell your children over dinner, ‘Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.’
    16. And the final way to keep a healthy level of insanity: Send this e-mail to someone to make them smile. It’s called THERAPY!

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