Love Is the Drug (Addicted to Her Love) Reviews
When the event that alters the course of the story occurs, things quickly become more interesting. The manner in which the characters deal with their grief is, for the most part, subtly handled, even if you get vague hints about what has transpired and what will transpire. Another character, portrayed acceptably by D.J. Cotorna, the person you should by all rights despise for his boorishness, sets about some very basic detective work born of both self-preservation and loyalty. This section continues to build up well while the protagonist continues to somewhat obsessively pursue his ultimate goal, and his nerdy gawkishness puts your distinctly on his side while instilling fear about what his intentions and his executions.
When this element boils to the surface, there is a wonderful scene that transformers from tender to painful gracefully, and after that, your perspective on the characters in inexorably changed and you're left wondering where they have to go from there.
Unfortunately, after this, the loner's descent is handled with unwieldy predictability. If you're aware of the emotions solicited by drug movies, you'll quickly see that there's only one place to go, and along the way, you're treated to an undoing that is as forced as it is rushed, destroying the tone created by the first two acts as you're left feeling betrayed by a character you never feel you understood in the first place. Whether this is the intended effect or not, you cannot come away with any other opinion other than the fact that it's poorly handled.
Overall, it's an interesting take on two different forms of addiction that fails to fulfill its potential while remaining worth the time it takes to watch it.
i missed the first 15 min, and enjoyed tasting everything without a clue of where its going
Initially the film starts as a basic kid fitting in film where Jonah uses his position to get in with the in-crowd. As the film passes it becomes something darker with characters that get creepier and creepier as the movie unfolds. It actually becomes an interesting movie, even though it does get a bit melodramatic at points. Some scenes are very good, meanwhile others are almost laughable from a dialogue standpoint. There are a few points that will leave you scratching your head, such as the what I can assume is a detective that Troy's parents hire to figure out who gave their son the drugs. This guy seems to have free reign throughout the film to stalk people and walk right into homes. For kids who are rebellious and such I would expect a big F-off to this guy, yet they cooperate more with him than with each other.
Borrowing a name from a Roxy Music tune (I'm assuming that the film makers got sued because it has been re-titled as Addicted To Her Love) the film is interesting and develops quite well, yet there's a ton of little things that just drag it down. Once it starts getting real good, there's something ridiculous that pulls you right out of it again. The way we remake stuff, this would make good fodder in about a decade. It just needs a bit of polish.
Terrible, predictable and vulgar. The only reason I bothered was because a friend told me that it was like one of my favorite books, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Not only is it NOTHING like that book, the main character in this movie, Jonah, is nothing like the main character, Charlie in Perks; there wasn't a single similarity. Specifically, Charlie's crush on Sam in that book was respectful and tender, it wasn't crazed like Jonah's schizo-obsession for Sarah in this movie. I'd hardly call it a spoiler if I mentioned why, since I could see every "curveball" coming from a mile away, and I discourage everyone from watching this movie, but whatever. This was not smart movie making, not even a little bit. Also, I was VERY shocked to hear a Relient K song used in this film... I wonder if Matt Thiessen knows about that. I can't imagine Goatee Records would have let the filmmakers use the song had they been aware of the subject matter. I can't believe I wasted my time on this! I was too impatient for my Netflix, so I watched it on YouTube and "missed" nine minutes of it because the link to part 9 disappeared. Though, it seems like as bad as the entire movie was, maybe I was spared those nine minutes. I beg you not to waste your time like I did on this trash.
I see that 81% of Flixster users are not interested in watching this and you'd do well to follow suit and stay away.