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The Boost (1988)




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James Woods and Sean Young were still "an item" when they costarred in The Boost. The stars play an investment broker and his girlfriend, who begin snorting cocaine on a recreational basis. Inevitably, the drug takes its toll, and soon Woods and Young have thrown away their lives in their desperate pursuit of their next fix.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Darryl Ponicsan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2003
HBO Video


James Woods
as Lenny Brown
Sean Young
as Linda Brown
John Kapelos
as Joel Miller
Steven Hill
as Max Sherman
Kelle Kerr
as Rochelle
John Rothman
as Ned Lewis
Amanda Blake
as Barbara
Zina Bethune
as Dance Teacher/Choreo...
Charles David Richar...
as Limousine Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Boost

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Boost

Okay, so James Woods seems coked up even before he gets on drugs, and every possible druggy cliche that you can imagine happens to our drugged up couple, lost in California and in over their heads and it all just comes off like a Reagan-era anti-drug screed rather than a plausible turn of events.

Might be worth a rental to laugh at though, I found it pretty amusing.


It shouldn't have been called The Boost, It should've been called The Bottom because thats where Cocaine takes you.If a school or anybody want's to show a anti drug movie then they should show this 1

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

It's been forever since I've seen it, but what I remember about it is that it is a very hard-hitting movie with a very sad ending.

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