The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Self-Medicated features some nice performances, but is too sentimental and unfocused to be a truly compelling film.
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It's just horrible stuff.
It's a personal story that feels like it's been constructed from other movies.
It's just a little too simplistic and not a very compelling story.
Though the script and storytelling could have used more polish, Lapica's honesty provides the lasting impression.
Lapica's lack of distance from his story is both the film's strength and its weakness.
Note to fledgling directors: when making a movie, you don't have to do everything yourself. In fact, you probably shouldn't.
A more seasoned writer would steer clear of false, assembly-line contrivances.
There are nice touches, particularly in Venora's performance and Timothy Kendall's editing, but the film's maudlin edge illustrates the dangers of directing your own material.
Monty Lapica's Self-Medicated is a powerful, personal piece of independent filmmaking
As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware.
Heartfelt it clearly is. Disciplined and focused on what's truly intriguing about the story, not so much.
It's a precocious performance, although one with melodramatic moments that prevent Lapica from entirely dispelling the specter of vanity self-casting.
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.
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