First of all, I love Cuckoo’s both the movie and the novel. There are plenty of works problematic by modern standards that I still value. But Cuckoo’s dated handling of mental health must be understood in context — the book takes place during psychological dark ages. And the primary villain/authority figure in a book about male mental patients being a cruel woman is sexist in retrospect. But the book, Eric, is strong enough to withstand cultural changes and conversations about it. The recent series Ratched on Netflix, a hit that wasn’t to my taste, is a testament to the strength of the novel.

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