If You Like Depressing Movies...
By Ingmar Bergman's depressed cousin
I was flipping the channels on the tube when I came across "The
Crossing Guard." A story about a man who plans to kill the person
who killed his daughter while driving drunk. I watched for a while,
then switched. I came upon "When A Man Loves A Woman." A Story about
a man trying to save a family while married to a drunk. With this
seed of inspiration in my head. I went to the video store and rented
"Drunks" is a movie about one night in the lives of an AA group.
AA in this case stood for Atrocious Acting. This film has more stars
in it than a Scientology meeting. The problem is that every single
one of them OVERacts. The biggest offender of the lot is the lead
character, Jim, played by Richard Lewis. He is the old time recovering
alcoholic with the depressing story that doesn1t end well. Boo hoo.
The lone bright spot is Spalding Gray. The problem is that he is
so good he doesn't blend well with the rest of the schlock.
The whole film is a bunch of stories told by recovering alcoholics.
They all have their own sad stories to tell. There is the drunk
black man who beat his wife, the drunk party girl (Parker Posey
really stretching her acting abilities), the drunk doctor who got
her license taken away, the drunk mother who hasn't told her son,
the drunk who doesn't want to give up drinking, the drunk who gave
up boozing for her son etc, etc. I haven't seen a group of "same,
but different" characters this big since "Get On The Bus."
The only reason to see this film is for Spalding Gray, but if you
want to see him, rent "Monster In A Box" OR "King of the Hill" instead.
Remember Rehab is for quitters and quitters never win. Or something
like that. God I'm thirsty.