Drunks (1995)




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An Alcoholics Anonymous meeting provides the framework of this slice-of-life drama. The meeting is seen from start to finish as it takes place in the dingy basement of a church. The plot is adapted from screenwriter Gary Lennon's play Blackout. As each member of the group gets up to tell his or her story (and many of them are wrenching) it is plain to see that alcoholism affects many different kinds of people regardless of cultural background or social standing. At one point during the meeting, one of the members storms out and goes on a massive bender.
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Dianne Wiest
as Rachel
Parker Posey
as Debbie
Amanda Plummer
as Shelley
Liza Harris
as Melanie
Fanni Green
as Jasmine
Oscar Koch
as Dennis
Kevin Rendon
as First Liquor Clerk
Anna Levine
as Tanya
Joey Arias
as Ruby
Liam Ahern
as Billy
Abe Gurko
as Huge Guy
Cisco Davis
as Park Kid
Olga Merediz
as Chairwoman
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Drunks succeeds in presenting a fictional AA meeting and getting across the idea that alcoholics come from all walks of life...

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
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Reveals the spiritual underpinnings of AA and the service it provides to those on the path to recovery.

Full Review… | August 21, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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November 12, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
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Richard Lewis plays a "version" of himself... which means this was part of his rehab. And he's phenomenal anyway. Other actors (Wiest, Posey, Rockwell) are great too, even if it's kind of repetitive.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

Starring: Richard Lewis, Liza Harris, Sam Rockwell, Amanda Plummer, Kevin Corrigan, Parker Posey, Dianne Wiest, Faye Dunaway, Lisa Gay Hamilton, and Calista Flockhart. Directed by Peter Cohn. Written by Gary Lennon. Rated [b]R[/b] (for pervasive strong language, substance abuse and a sex scene). Running time approximately 1 hour 28 minutes. [center][img]http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h159/NuBz86/drunks.jpg[/img][/center] [center][i]I can't tell who that even is...[/i][/center] Peter Cohn's [i]Drunks[/i] is a success due solely to the fact that everyone here delivers a fantastic performance. The dialogue, which reads like improvisation, is delightfully crisp and realistic, and each one of the characters is an individual, but not to the point of ridiculous eccentricity. I really enjoyed the film as far as the performances went. Outside of the acting, the production itself is rather bland and quite depressing. I do offer Richard Lewis congratulations for giving what may be the best performance from him I've seen. These people are alcoholics, which is horribly sad. Not surprisingly, their stories are heartbreaking. [b]***1/2 (out of ****) B+[/b]

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