Wood does an excellent job acting. The quiver in her lip when confronted by a school teacher is perfect. You can see the emotion in her face, and her lead up to the breakdown is well done. She was nominated for an Academy Award.
There is some brief nudity, as Dee Dee's mother confronts her while she is in the tub. Dee Dee has an episode as a result, screaming and ending up on the bed. The movie has a good point in that, sometimes what happens to us does not carry into adulthood. That is the point behind the poem the use,
Splendour in the Grass
What though the radiance which was once so bright Be now for ever taken from my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower, We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind; In the primal sympathy Which having been must ever be; In the soothing thoughts that spring Out of human suffering; In the faith that looks through death, In years that bring the philosophic mind.