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Was very heartbreaking and could hit home for many people. Watched interviews about this movie to discover it is based on someone’s true experience.
One of the best portrayals of addiction while parenting and withdrawal and the highs and lows of how the drug affected his moods. The way this movie showed me exactly how selfish the disease is made me very emotional..it was very short however as real as it gets..this movie nailed it. It wasn't afraid to reveal all the horrific stages of withdrawal from defecation to enabling and I appreciate the raw delivery.
The acting was good, but the plot made no sense. Surely heroin addiction would not be hard to research! This is a sister with prior experience with an addict, and yet she doesn't know what to do. Here are the misses:
1. If you have an addict in withdrawal crisis in your car, head to an ER. They all know what to do.
2. An addict doesn't go from talking on the way to a party to extreme withdrawal in a matter of minutes.
3. I don't understand why the addict turned manic after getting a fix. Heroin addicts turn sleepy.
4. Why in God's name wouldn't you take a sleeping toddler from your car and hand her to her grandparents before driving around a city at night in a drug crisis?
Most importantly, the movie is prejudiced against addiction. We need to accept that addiction is a disease (medically recognized), and relapse is part of the disease. If the brother was depressed and suicidal in the past, and became suicidal again, would you say drive yourself to a clinic? No, you would drive him. So drive your brother to an ER, kiss him, tell him you love him, then safely take care of his daughter!
Absolutely terrible, first of all the thought that Franco was even anywhere close to acting the way a junkie does when he is in detox was laughable. He ran the whole spectrum of symptoms in a matter of approximately two hours. Then he sends his sister to cop for him and on top of that doesn’t have a kit with him? Not even close on this one. I feel like this was acted out by people who have at most watch a couple of episodes of intervention.
One of Face Franco's best performances. This is a great movie. I hope because it's on Netflix that the general public get to see it.
Two scenes with a view of shit (actual shit) is two scenes too many.
Dave Franco's acting as the struggling drug addict was amazing.
Cartoonish it's so unrealistic, shrill, and judgmental. Who wrote this? A 22 year old who just finished their first undergraduate class in Psychology? A Youth Pastor? The whole premise of the movie is absurd. A woman is throwing a party for her boyfriend, and on the way to pick up her brother, misses the party by deciding she needs to help her brother kick his heroin addiction- right here, right now, with no help from anyone, ditching her party and not telling her family or friends what she's doing.
Why? What kind of sense does that make? Who would do that? It wasn't an emergency. It could have waited until tomorrow, and a real person would have gotten help in that situation. The movie explicitly tells the audience, no, his sister had to drop everything and find a rehab right then, right now, or she'd be a terrible person. And she's not the terrible person, he is.
I could go on, but the point is this is someone's deeply co-dependent, shrill imagination of drug addiction. It's not realistic. The movie makes dumb mistakes, like thinking the brother was going to die from heroin withdrawal, (you can't), or that purchasing needles in a pharmacy would cause a real pharmacist to heap shame and insults on the buyer. Does the idiot who wrote this movie realize that people legitimately inject themselves with medicine all of the time, and a pharmacist wouldn't react that way to the purchase of syringes? The movie caricatures and insults people in the inner city, who look like they're zombies wandering around a war zone. Has the writer ever been to the inner city?
The droning narrative of some strange book on tape throughout the movie, which obviously intends to represent an allegory about drug addiction, is trite, not instructive or illuminating. Overall, very surprised so many people bought into this depiction of a serious problem, and it's a shame it was such an unrealistic portrayal.
Very heartbreaking but shows how much a sibling is willing to sacrifice for the other sibling.
Franco and Ryan earn a feather in their caps for this one, although it's more of a one act play than a feature film.