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Mr. Elliott's story is not helped by James Franco, who plays him with his usual smug catatonia.
"The Adderall Diaries" is a complex, absorbing, at times profound look at how we choose to remember our past.
All affect and no personality.
Writer-director Pamela Romanowsky, in her first feature, captures both fireworks and tragedy in go-for-broke scenes between Franco and Harris.
The Adderall Diaries is about nothing but itself. It's not fiction, it's forgery. It's not adaptation, it's erasure.
The Adderall Diaries comes across as an incomplete jumble of colliding plot lines.
It's truly hard to tell if this is satire or in earnest.
The trouble with watching someone fail to write is that we are sentenced to their procrastination through no fault of our own.
Like too much of the credits-packed Franco's film resume, high-minded and challenging in intent, underwhelming in execution.
Screenwriter and director Pamela Romanowsky adapts Elliott's memoir, allowing the loose strands of narrative to unravel even further, approximating the downward spiral of Elliott's blocked psyche.
The frenetic tone and uneven storytelling feels more like an outline for a film than a finished product.
... feels a little self-impressed and student-filmy, yet it allows its cast a few highlight reel moments.
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