The Plugged In Show, Episode 65: When Popular Entertainment Becomes Popular Psychology: How Does Hollywood Handle It?

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Plenty of movies work hard to make us feel good—to leave a theater (or, these days, our home theater in the basement) with a big ol’ smile on our faces.

Then there are the quieter movies, ones that deal with difficult subjects like dementia, depression or other mental illness struggles. These movies may not make us feel good. In fact, we may find that they force us to face some pretty tough things. But they can help us to understand, to empathize and maybe even to process emotions that we don’t always know what to do with when we trudge through life’s shadowy spaces.

This week, The Plugged In Show dives into a deep conversation about the value and place of these stories on film. We’ve recently reviewed several films that address the subject of dementia, specifically. But we’ll also talk about mental health in general as it relates to these films.

Movies about memory loss or anxiety are not likely to feel as fun as, say, a new Star Wars movie. But they might ultimately be more important for us personally, depending on where we’re at in our lives. So we’d invite you to take a listen to our conversation today, and check out the resources and reviews related to this week’s podcast in the list below.

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.