“Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” premieres at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, on Lifetime.
Featuring a stellar cast that includes Academy Award winners Melissa Leo, Jennifer Hudson and Octavia Spencer along with Brittany Snow, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vassilieva, Jason Ritter, Ernie Hudson, Emmy winner Jean Smart, and Lea Thompson, this film composed of five shorts is mostly effective in presenting different forms of mental illness and their effects on loved ones.
Snow does an outstanding job in conveying the frightening aspects of schizophrenia as well as in displaying the graceful determination to make a life for herself, and Ritter is solid in his role as a source of support for her.
Former Tulsa resident Leo is excellent as a mother struggling with bipolar disorder and Hyland evokes heartbreaking sympathy as her teen daughter.
Ernie Hudson and Jennifer Hudson deliver moving performances as a father and daughter dealing with her posttraumatic stress disorder.
With directors that include Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd and Sharon Maguire, this is an absorbing film.
While the challenges faced by those coping with mental health issues are demonstrated, the most important message that comes across in “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” is one of hope.