Three licensed therapists breakdown and analyze popular movies and characters from the perspectives of an individual, child, and a marriage and family therapist.
Pride and Prejudice and Anxiety
Welcome to Season 5!! We are riding our carriage to Jane Austen’s England to discuss the 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. We are breaking down the theme of Anxiety through the characters of Mrs. Bennett, Mr. Darcy, and Elizabeth Bennett. We explore the difference between anxiety that is a diagnosable disorder vs anxiety brought on by the environment or life changes. We also examine how our values dictate our life choices and the impact of privilege on those choices.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Confidence, Grief, and Empowerment
Jump into the multiverse with us as we discuss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse! We discuss the chronic trauma of being a superhero through constant exposure to grief and loss. We also discuss how to find empowerment in yourself and by helping others, group therapy, and trauma bonding. And remember, “anyone can wear the mask”.
Crazy Rich Asians: Culture Shock, Families, & Marriage
In this episode, we are jumping into our private jet to discuss the modern day rom com classic, Crazy Rich Asians. We explore the varied ways that culture shock can present via classism, immigration status, assimilation, etc. We also, unfortunately, tear apart the ways that Nick does not show up as a partner for Rachel when it comes to managing the complicated social layers and norms of shifting from one culture to another.
Casino Royale: Antisocial Personality Disorder, Attachment, and Trauma
Hop in our Aston Martin and join us as we break down the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale! We explore the question: Does James Bond have Antisocial Personality Disorder or is he in a career that encourages antisocial behaviors? We also examine his relationship with the Bond girl of this movie and the trauma that comes with being a 00. And remember…we like our mental health shaken…not stirred.
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar: The Power of Community
[CW: Discussions about domestic abuse] Hello and Happy Pride! Hop in our Cadillac DeVille as we discuss the 1995 comedy “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar”. We explore the role of community in the various ways it is demonstrated in the movie, both in the LGBT+ community and in the small town our main characters end up in. We also examine the movie’s depiction of domestic abuse and how community impacts that as well. And don’t worry…we make sure to honor Julie Newmar’s iconic role as Catwoman.
Brokeback Mountain: Trauma, Anger, and Homophobia w/Special Guest Patrick Serrano
[CW: discussions of hate crimes and intense violence]
Join us for a heavier episode today as we discuss the 2005 award-winning movie, Brokeback Mountain. We are joined by the host of the Lifetime Uncorked podcast, Patrick Serrano. We focus on the two main characters, Ennis and Jack, and explore how homophobia, trauma, and their families of origin impacted their mental health and influenced their relationship with each other as well as with their spouses. As noted in the content warning, we dive into very intense subject matter; such as hate crimes both seen in the movie and in those that have occurred in real life. Please listen with discretion.
Passionate. Fun. Insightful
These guys love movies. And are so passionate about mental health and it shows. They know their stuff and incorporate it to either enforce or correct the movie depiction of whatever mental health element is embedded in the film/tv show. I love how they bring Hollywood into reality and in such an easy to listen to podcast as these guys are delightful, smart and entertaining. It’s my favourite podcast. Thank you guys!
Fun and insightful!
Love this podcast!! The hosts are delightful, enthusiastic and insightful and manage to discuss mental health with real insight and respect, while also keeping such a fun and energetic tone to their episodes. I’ve learned a lot, watched a heap of movies I had missed out on, and taken a lot of informative messages or perspectives on board. It feels like recapping movies with friends - if your friends were educated and successful therapists.
Wonderful way to normalise mental health discussion and encouraging people to seek help like you would for any other health issue, especially when this group of mental health professionals are so relatable and clearly kind and compassionate humans who would be so easy to talk to. Super diverse range of movie genres covered too. The only thing I could for is more episodes! Also: team Hufflepuff all the way!
Wish the hosts could relax
Super interesting subject matter.. Shame the hosts seem so preoccupied with getting one up on each other.