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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Handling of Addicts

    Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur are a great pair that deserve an Academy Award for their portrayal in this film of dependent heroin addicts. Beautiful showing of how our inner cities have become destructive Third World due to drug infestation and society's apathy towards the problem.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The way it is.....

    This film tells an interesting story that is all too true to life. I am a nurse researcher working with women coming out of jail, and have worked closely with women who really do want to quit drugs upon their release from jail, though their efforts most often fade away over time. ''Why get sober if nothing really changes?'' a young woman once asked me. The barriers depicted in this film were right on target with regard to how difficult it is to get into drug rehab--how the way we structure entre into rehab guarantees failure for most of those who try. However, the film also depicts the narcissism typical of addicts--in their world, it's only about themselves, their drugs, and how they can get more. When that narcissism is interrupted, and addicts attempt to make it happen, our failure as a society is that we don't capitalize on this new (and too often fleeting) intentionality. In addition, this is one of the few films that considers addicts in a wider context. As each of the main characters participate in presenting Tupac's music with its haunting lyrics at the end of the film, we are reminded that just because someone is an addict doesn't mean their talents go away, or their ability to connect with other humans goes away. I loved this film for its story, the quality of the acting, and it's dead-on depiction of the reality of drug addiction and the community structures that act as barriers to rehab. This film has a lot to teach those health sciences professionals and bureaucrats as well), who purport to develop programs to help members of our community overcome addiction. If we want addicts to stop using, and free their families and communities from the collateral consequences of their addictions, we must establish programs that addicts can actually access. When we don't, as the film dramatically depicts, nothing really does change.

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    Posted January 5, 2009

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