A Beautiful Mind (2001)
November 8, 2022 7:58 AM - Subscribe

John Nash is a brilliant but asocial mathematician fighting schizophrenia. After he accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany, Christopher Plummer, Josh Lucas, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Judd Hirsch.

Directed by Ron Howard. Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, based on the biography of the same name by Sylvia Nasar.

74% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Starz. Also available for digital rental on multiple outlets. JustWatch listing.

Today, I'm adding six Best Picture winners to FF that have not yet had posts. this is the last of today's six.
posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Along with the whitewashing of Alicia Nash, this movie also perpetuates the "the heartfelt efforts of a loved one are the real cure for mental illness" mythology, which is not helpful or kind, to these eyes.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:01 AM on November 8, 2022 [3 favorites]

Also the bit where Nash "discovers" the Nash equilibrium while he and his friends decide how to hit on a group of women, eww, doesn't even describe a Nash eq.

Which is annoying because it's not like it's hard to describe. "Everyone does the best for themselves, given what the other people are doing" or "Everyone's choice is a best response to the choices others made."
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 10:57 AM on November 8, 2022 [2 favorites]

disappointing they never touched on the fact that a cornerstone of modern economics is rooted in mental illness
posted by AlbertCalavicci at 1:47 PM on November 8, 2022

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