Self Medicated (2006)



Critic Consensus: Self-Medicated features some nice performances, but is too sentimental and unfocused to be a truly compelling film.

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Monty Lapica's drama Self-Medicated tells the story of a 17-year-old boy who is having a very difficult time dealing with the grief he experiences after his father dies. After the boy slides into a wicked drug addiction, as well as legal problems, his mother reaches the end of her tether and has her son admitted to an adolescent hospital designed to force him into confronting his issues. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
R (for substance abuse, language and some sexual material)
Art House & International , Drama
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Diane Venora
as Louise Eriksen
Noah Segan
as Trevor
Michael Bowen
as Dan Jones
Monty Lapica
as Andrew Eriksen
Michael Mantell
as Dr. Reinholtz
Shane Stuart
as Seth Calenes
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Critic Reviews for Self Medicated

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (17)

It's just horrible stuff.

September 4, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's a personal story that feels like it's been constructed from other movies.

August 31, 2007
AV Club
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It's just a little too simplistic and not a very compelling story.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Seattle Times
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Though the script and storytelling could have used more polish, Lapica's honesty provides the lasting impression.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Lapica's lack of distance from his story is both the film's strength and its weakness.

August 31, 2007
Top Critic

Note to fledgling directors: when making a movie, you don't have to do everything yourself. In fact, you probably shouldn't.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Self Medicated

I thought the people at the rehab were trying to help the kid with a little bit of tough love. He was a total manipulator and drug addict.

Ida Kern
Ida Kern

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As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware. A more seasoned writer would steer clear of false, assembly-line contrivances.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

An impressive debut film for Monty Lapica , who takes on writing, directing, and acting lead. The film had some powerful dramatic scenes and great performances but there's this one plot device introduced in the middle of the film that I found a bit too cheesy.

Joedie Villanueva
Joedie Villanueva

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