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15 On-Screen Meltdowns That Capture What It's Really Like To Lose Your Shit

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    Losing your shit is something of an art form. These meltdowns don't always manifest themselves in loud screaming fits. Sometimes your angst has been brewing for so long it culminates in a surprisingly quiet rage. Freak outs — like onions and Shrek — have layers. They are nuanced, rooted in every single feeling you're feeling in that moment.

    Nowhere is the complicated nature of emotional tantrums captured more perfectly than on film. And, since today is National Panic Day, we've got meltdowns on the mind. Ahead, 15 instances of losing one's shit on screen. Take note for the next time you're feeling the need to flip out in public.

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    Waiting to Exhale (1995)
    Everything you own in a box to the left, friend. And, then that box is gonna get set on fire.

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    My Girl (1991)
    He needs his glasses, and no one can seem to understand this pivotal fact other than Anna Chlumsky.

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    The Help (2011)
    That time Octavia Spencer was like, literally eat my shit.

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    Bridesmaids (2011)
    Annie: 0. Chocolate fountain: 1

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    Anchorman (2004)
    Ron Burgundy can't even.