Study shows movies about mental illness earn more, and get better reviews

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A new study finds that since 1977, movies about mental illness have consistently raked in more money, received better reviews, and won more Oscars than average.

In recent years, this has been the case for many much-talked-about films about mental illness, e.g. Joker, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Silver Linings Playbook.

Her notoriety went hand-in-hand with a burgeoning debate about the media’s portrayal of mental illness in general. But so far, the scientific literature has not examined this trend.

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That has changed with a new study authored by researchers from Stanford University, Yale University and the University of Connecticut.

Her new paper, “Movie Portrayals of Mental Illness and Association with Financial and Critical Success,” compares the financial and critical reception of these films to all other films released between 1977 and 2019.

More than 2,000 Movies About Mental Illness

The authors researched BoxOfficeMojo’s movie revenue data.

They recorded the national scores of 16,333 films released between 1977 and August 2019.

This study did not look at international box office earnings.

She then searched Wikipedia for plot summaries of these films. This search returned 10,491 parcels.

The other films either did not have a Wikipedia page or did not have a story section page.

Next, they searched these plot summaries for keywords related to mental health.

Example keywords included autism, schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, ADHD, OCD, mental disorder, suicide, mental institution and many more.

This filtering returned 2,043 movies that had mental illness plans. Suicide was by far the most common search term related to mental illness, appearing in 1,114 of those films.

Alcoholics, depression, psychiatrists, mental hospitals and panic attacks followed.

A growing genre

Researchers found that the number of films that feature mental illness is about 100% has increased by about two films a year since 1977.

While fewer than ten such films were released that year, that number had grown to almost 100 by 2019.

Nevertheless, the overall proportion of films about mental illness varied from year to year , remaining constant between 10-20%.

Box office success

Next, the authors compared the financial success of these Mental Disease films to the success of all other films over the same period.

They used total box office receipts as an indicator of financial success.

Movies featuring mental illness had above-average earnings in 83% of the years between 1977 and 2019.

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And for the films released between 1990 and 2019, that number rose to 97%.

Critical reception: The best films about mental illness

Similarly, the authors used IMDB ratings and Oscar nominations (and wins) as proxies for critical success.

In terms of critical reception, they found that the average IMDB rating for the mental illness films from 1977 to 2019 was above average every year.

Movies depicting mental illness achieved a score average rating of 6.4 versus 5.9 for films overall.

Movies about mental illness also have Oscar-winning Nominations and prizes consistently performed well above average.

In all years examined, films about mental illness accounted for 15.7% of all nominations.

These films also won 17.2% of the awards given between 1977 and 2019.

Raise awareness?

These results demonstrate “a significant and growing interest in mental representations of health and mental illness from both production and consumer standpoints,” the authors write.

While this may initially seem like good news, such films raise awareness of important mental health issues, the authors stress that this is not necessarily the case.

While their findings do indicate a growing interest in films about mental illness, “there is a risk of fetishizing mental health issues or celebrating poor performance,” they write.

“Psychiatrists and mental health providers,” they suggest, “need to play a role in shaping future representations of mental illness in cinema.”

Research: “Movie depiction of mental illness and association with financial and critical success”Authors:Shaan Kamal, Osama El-Gabalawy, Nathan Zhao, and Jelena MacLeodRelease Date: posted as a preprint on 22.10.2020DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.20.20215707Photo: by Anastasia Shuraeva via Pexels

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