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castalia
11-30-16, 07:04 AM
Can you name some so I can watch them? I loved Juno, where the main character was ADHD and on Adderall. Can't think of any others atm.

chiefbandit
11-30-16, 02:03 PM
Juno huh, gotta check it out sometime.

Zoom Dude
12-03-16, 11:08 AM
Huh.

I saw Juno, and didn't even register (or remember) that the main character had ADHD. So if it was there, it didn't factor prominently in the story for me. I can't think of any movie characters with ADHD where the disorder is significant to the character.

The closest I can come is Rainman, where Dustin Hoffman plays an autistic savant. Dustin Hoffman has ADHD.

And then there's Data from Star Trek, the Next Generation. (No, he's not an ADHD-addled automaton.) I was diagnosed at a very late age, so I had been enjoying Star Trek for a long time before the diagnosis. I was always drawn to Data and his unique relationship with the humans around him.

After my diagnosis gave me new perspective on ALL my memories, I came to understand my interest in Data. Here is a being with many great capabilities, who is fundamentally different from all those around him. The differences cause him awkward, tragic, comical, serendipitous interactions with others on a daily basis. He tries with every resource he has to fit in and still falls short, because his difference is so basic.

And yet, simply by trying he sometimes manages to be a better human than all the humans around him. It's hard not to see some heroism in him. (This is not something you see in every episode, it's developed over the course of the entire series. You may need to watch multiple seasons for it to emerge. If you're up for it, I think it's worth it.)

So maybe it's more useful to look for characters that can inspire us rather than just characters with ADHD. Finding them can be an enlightening journey in itself.

ZD

ADDon1
12-03-16, 04:46 PM
Juno is great!

This lovely Dutch kids movie about a boy with ADHD called Fidgety Bram:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdpfZwVjg2M

Dory from Finding Nemo :D
http://cdn01.cdn.justjared.com/wp-content/uploads/headlines/2016/06/what-kind-of-fish-is-dory-blue-tangs-should-not-be-bought.jpg

Circle
12-09-16, 01:44 AM
Juno is great. Pretty sure Ellen Page (who plays Juno) has said that she has ADHD herself too.

chiefbandit
12-09-16, 02:31 AM
Huh.

I saw Juno, and didn't even register (or remember) that the main character had ADHD. So if it was there, it didn't factor prominently in the story for me. I can't think of any movie characters with ADHD where the disorder is significant to the character.

The closest I can come is Rainman, where Dustin Hoffman plays an autistic savant. Dustin Hoffman has ADHD.

And then there's Data from Star Trek, the Next Generation. (No, he's not an ADHD-addled automaton.) I was diagnosed at a very late age, so I had been enjoying Star Trek for a long time before the diagnosis. I was always drawn to Data and his unique relationship with the humans around him.

After my diagnosis gave me new perspective on ALL my memories, I came to understand my interest in Data. Here is a being with many great capabilities, who is fundamentally different from all those around him. The differences cause him awkward, tragic, comical, serendipitous interactions with others on a daily basis. He tries with every resource he has to fit in and still falls short, because his difference is so basic.

And yet, simply by trying he sometimes manages to be a better human than all the humans around him. It's hard not to see some heroism in him. (This is not something you see in every episode, it's developed over the course of the entire series. You may need to watch multiple seasons for it to emerge. If you're up for it, I think it's worth it.)

So maybe it's more useful to look for characters that can inspire us rather than just characters with ADHD. Finding them can be an enlightening journey in itself.

ZD


I just watched Rain man, it is a great movie, and thanks for recommending.
But in my opinion, daniel hoffman is not ADD. He is higher up the spectrum at the polar end. He is an autistic savant. He just shows ADD qualities such as zoning out,not listening to people. ADD person will have difficulty listening to people, but not as extreme as in his case where socialising is impossible.Sad to say though, he is disabled,cannot work and fit into society and have to be put in mental institution, whereas it is not true for an ADD person.It could be that he has ADD as his comorbid disorder.

I am just worried that say a visitor come to visit this forum(like i did when i was trying to affirm whether i am ADD)and alot of them currently do and will be mislead into this misconception and think that they dont have ADD when actually in fact they do.

Just my two cents.

stef
12-09-16, 04:32 AM
The scientist in Back to the Future (Emmet? my mind is blank i just saw the 3 movies on tv this month)
" Great Scott!"

Enough Rope
12-10-16, 06:59 PM
The scientist in Back to the Future (Emmet? my mind is blank i just saw the 3 movies on tv this month)
" Great Scott!"

Emmett "Doc" Brown!

Enough Rope
12-10-16, 07:01 PM
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Uncle Billy, from 'It's a Wonderful Life'!

Zoom Dude
12-10-16, 07:10 PM
The scientist in Back to the Future (Emmet? my mind is blank i just saw the 3 movies on tv this month)
" Great Scott!"

Good call. That's Doc Brown:

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Incidentally, that movie is filled with little in-jokes if you pay close attention. Like the Twin Pines neigborhood becomes Lone Pine after their time-traveling shenanigans result in knocking down one of the trees. The school teacher who hears Marty McFly's band audition and says, "You're too loud!" is played by Huey Lewis, who did the film's theme song with The News. There are more....

ZD

john2100
12-10-16, 07:21 PM
I think that every movie ever made has 2-3 characters with ADHD. Some mention it here and there,but the reason why you don't see it as much in the movies is ,because it is not interesting for them . Person with ADHD appears very normal and acts normal, there are only subtle visible differences between non adhd and adhd people. It just doesn't make a good plot or a movie.

It is a disorder ,but build a plot on ADHD, ,,,it can be done, but how freaking boring that would be.

Movie about geniuses, depression,autism ,addiction , were proven to be successful , but
convince people to go see a movie about ADHD character,,,well good luck,,,who wants to see a movie about a guy who keeps switching tasks,losing the keys, being late and answering posts on the forum.

Juno says she has adhd, but that is about all , that movie would be just as good or bad if she didn;t mention it. Just another big pharma shameless advertisement . So that was really pointless and it didn't add anything to the movie,only another innocent advertising of how normal it is to be on adderal if you are "diagnosed". What was the point of her saying it. I wasn't paying attention to the movie that much, it was just playing in the background when I was working on something.

Enough Rope
12-10-16, 10:22 PM
who wants to see a movie about a guy who keeps switching tasks,losing the keys, being late and answering posts on the forum.


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aeon
12-10-16, 10:49 PM
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That co-ed on the very left...rrooow...lordosis strut and preen for the win, lol.

That butterfly is ready to caught, pinned, and mounted. :lol:


Oooh Baby,
Ian

aeon
12-10-16, 10:57 PM
Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

https://i.yomyomf.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Close-Encounters-of-the-Third-Kind-3.jpg

In rewatching the film all these years later, I was absolutely struck by how by-the-book his presentation was. Of course, I didnít know that as a child, as I had no idea of such a disorder, much less that I would be diagnosed as such decades later.

But to me, he is the most archetypal, most classic ADHD character in all of cinema. Itís all there...the inattention, impulsivity, perseveration, daydreaming, limbic dysregulation, driven-as-if-by-a-motor, clutter...itís just spot-on.


Cheers,
Ian

stef
12-11-16, 02:57 AM
of course!!!
and also the French scientist, somewhat

Claude Lacombe ( francois Truffaut)
that was bothering me, I had to go look it up

Enough Rope
12-11-16, 01:53 PM
Don't know if any of you have seen the TV series based on the movie called "Limitless", but it involves the main character taking a drug called NZT, which increases his brain power incredibly. I can somewhat identify with his journey with the drug, except I need mine just to be a regular guy. No solving crimes with this noggin...

jkimbo
12-11-16, 02:02 PM
Huh.

I saw Juno, and didn't even register (or remember) that the main character had ADHD. So if it was there, it didn't factor prominently in the story for me. I can't think of any movie characters with ADHD where the disorder is significant to the character.

The closest I can come is Rainman, where Dustin Hoffman plays an autistic savant. Dustin Hoffman has ADHD.

And then there's Data from Star Trek, the Next Generation. (No, he's not an ADHD-addled automaton.) I was diagnosed at a very late age, so I had been enjoying Star Trek for a long time before the diagnosis. I was always drawn to Data and his unique relationship with the humans around him.

After my diagnosis gave me new perspective on ALL my memories, I came to understand my interest in Data. Here is a being with many great capabilities, who is fundamentally different from all those around him. The differences cause him awkward, tragic, comical, serendipitous interactions with others on a daily basis. He tries with every resource he has to fit in and still falls short, because his difference is so basic.

And yet, simply by trying he sometimes manages to be a better human than all the humans around him. It's hard not to see some heroism in him. (This is not something you see in every episode, it's developed over the course of the entire series. You may need to watch multiple seasons for it to emerge. If you're up for it, I think it's worth it.)

So maybe it's more useful to look for characters that can inspire us rather than just characters with ADHD. Finding them can be an enlightening journey in itself.

ZD

Dustin Hoffman is one of my favorite actors! He is just great. The first movie I seen with him was Midnight Cowboy. Not about adhd but that was one of his best too!

jkimbo
12-11-16, 02:04 PM
Don't know if any of you have seen the TV series based on the movie called "Limitless", but it involves the main character taking a drug called NZT, which increases his brain power incredibly. I can somewhat identify with his journey with the drug, except I need mine just to be a regular guy. No solving crimes with this noggin...

The movie was 100% better imho :) The series was ok, but like all series they usually just turn in to drama soaps, except for Breaking Bad, damn was that a one good!

Little Missy
12-11-16, 02:11 PM
Breaking Bad was so good I'd turn it on and go to sit on the couch but I never sat back and at the end of the show I'd realize I had been perching on the edge of the couch, uncomfortably, the entire time. Sometimes the endings would have me perched with my mouth open.

Enough Rope
12-15-16, 09:09 PM
Dustin Hoffman is one of my favorite actors! He is just great. The first movie I seen with him was Midnight Cowboy. Not about adhd but that was one of his best too!

Watch 'Medici' on Netflix! He is in the first 2 episodes... And it's worth watching.

letsdoit
05-05-17, 11:10 AM
I highly recommend Demolition. The headliner (Jake Gyllenhaal) definitely has ADHD. You should watch this movie.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CldHH-eVYAQhSMx.jpg

psychopathetic
05-05-17, 02:57 PM
Agreed! Demolition was a great movie!!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172049/