While some mental illnesses are empathised there are others that are still not understood. Schizophrenia is an illness that is not easy to approach. Words On Bathroom Walls is a movie that can help open conversation for those living with someone with schizophrenia or living with this mental illness.
This film is based on the novel with the same title written by Julia Walton. The story centers around a high school student, Adam (Charlie Plummer). He doesn’t only deal with the daily teenage struggles, but is adapting living with schizophrenia and tries to keeping his diagnosis a secret. Unfortunately, he has an episode during Chemistry class that leads to an accidental injury with a classmate. The school expels Adam in the middle of his senior year and is forced to transfer to a Catholic school. Here he meets Maya (Taylor Russell), a bright girl that gives him affection and comfort to helps him triumph despite all the challenges.
Charlie Plummer is a child star known for Hulu original series Looking for Alaska, Lean On Pete and The Clovehitch Killer. I had the opportunity to speak with Plummer via Zoom to discuss how he portrayed a teenager with schizophrenia. He hopes this film opens conversation and enlightens people on how to support someone dealing with this illness.
Words On Bathroom Walls can be seen in theaters and drive-in theaters as of today.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive