The Basketball Diaries (1995)
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Adolescent drug addiction provides the focus for this timely drama based on author Jim Carroll's best-selling 1978 autobiography. As a young man, Carroll and his three friends loved to hang out and play basketball. The boys' innocent drug experimentation leads them into heroin addition and threatens to destroy their lives.
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as Jim Carroll
as Jim's Mother
as Reggie Porter
as Drug Dealer #1
as Confessional Priest
as Father McNulty
as Diane Moody
as Chanting Woman
as Subway John
as Construction Worker
as Construction Worker
as Drug Dealer
as Mugging Victim
as Referee No. 1
as Referee No. 2
as Frankie Pinewater
as Juju Johnson
as Mr. Rubin
as Billy the Bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Basketball Diaries
For those few soul-freezing moments, you get a glimpse of the great actor Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be.
Significantly, the movie keeps the hero's reformation offscreen as well as unexplained; it's more interested in shock effects than in candor or elucidation.
The angel-faced DiCaprio is a gifted actor, but he lacks the authority and physical presence to keep us with him.
You leave The Basketball Diaries believing that Leonardo DiCaprio can do anything.
Audience Reviews for The Basketball Diaries
Used to despise Caprio initially, but now he's growing on me. Probably I was not qualified to see how talented an actor is. But I guess I'm progressing with time, at least in that direction. Or maybe it's vice versa. [Hell, whenever I comment, for most of the times, it's not entirely concentrated on the movie itself. Instead of asking (begging would come last, if at all) for your pardon, I'd rather that you get used to it. Even better, stop wa.....]
Back to the movie. Oh, hadn't started in the first place!!! The movie entertains as long as it depicts the teenage kiddo activities of Jim and company. It's fun for that part except for the sobby Bobby track in which Leonardo sucks. But the movie sort of descends with his downfall. It tries to portray the frustrations of an addicted teenager and how his relationships are worsened, but doesn't get it right. It becomes a bit too melodramatic, and some cliched dialogues only make it worse. And once he runs out of money to fetch drugs, it becomes tough not only for him but also for us. Wish it was the same for the recovery part.
However, on the whole, the movie's worth a shot. If you decide to see "The Basketball Diaries", please be cautious enough to not to piss on it.
"Man, who da hell axed you to suck dat dick!?"
Leo makes this movie awesome. His acting skills are amazing in this.
The film didn't really show Jim's spiral into addiction. It was kind of just like one minute he's clean, then the next he's a full fledged druggie. The plot was supposed to be based on a true story, but it was pretty damn unrealistic e.g. the guy falling off the roof, the coach being a pervert, the excessive mugging etc. It was all way too dramatized. I didn't like that.
Other than that, it was pretty good. Leo pretty much made the movie.
The Basketball Diaries Quotes
|Jim Carroll:||Don't let your mouth get you into something that your ass can't handle.|
|Jim Carroll:||And it's good that there is rain. It clears the month of your sorry rainbow expressions, and it clears the streets of the silent armies... so we can dance.|
|Pedro:||Holy shit, look at this place.|
|Mickey:||Wow! I tell you what, if our school was this nice I'd go more than once a week.|
|Jim Carroll:||You gotta have presence on the court. Presence like a cheetah rather than a chimp. Sure, they both got it, but Chimpy gotta jump his nuts around to get it. The shy cheetah moves with total nonchalance, stickin' it to them in his sexy, slow strut. Me? I play like a cheetah.|
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