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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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This is a movie with a disturbing story to tell, but it promises more for the future of its first-time director, writer and star, Monty Lapica, than it really delivers for a viewer. The picture over-punches its message and ultimately grows tiresome.
The movie slides toward melodrama with some stale business about the hero spreading his late father's ashes and an embarrassing sequence in which a homeless man washes Lapica's car, delivers a benediction, and magically disappears.
While it is unfortunate that Monty Lapica had to live through the events portrayed in Self Medicated, it is even more unfortunate that he felt compelled not only to write and direct a film based on those events but to star in it as well.
As director, Lapica labors to affect a kind of stark, airless 'realism,' yet long before Andrew's eleventh-hour encounter with a saintly, homily-spouting homeless man, Self-Medicated reveals itself as a uniquely narcissistic fantasy.