6 Movies to Keep Anyone Off Drugs

Read “drugs” from the title as illicit narcotics. That is, nothing that can be bought by people over 18 years old on the corner of their house, such as cigarettes or alcohol; or at the pharmacy, such as antidepressants and opioids.

The purpose of this list is to present films that confront the reality of drug addiction considered “hard”, that is, completely addictive and self-destructive in teenage characters. Before euphoriain which Zendaya gives life to junkie Rue, other actors have tried to make this alert based on real cases.

The works listed below present different perspectives but similar messages. All the selected features are impressive in their work of making people, especially the youngest, reflect before “I’m just going to try some junk”. In other words, all projects that treat the topic as comedy are discarded, because the subject is serious today.

Among the films, there are those that marked my own adolescence and others that reached the public in my adult phase, but they are just as impactful as the older ones. almost all are based on real experiences and in books that tell the detoxification process in detail.

After the split, journalist David Sheff (Steve Carrell) struggles to help his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) methamphetamine addict to resume his life. In the beginning, the teenager has good grades, he is an editor of the school newspaper, an athlete, he has several friends, but he starts experimenting with some substances and, soon, the urge to ingest more and more becomes uncontrollable.

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With deaths around him and the daily fear of the next being his son, the father finds no answers for his “boy’s” behavior. Compared to the other films on the list, dear boy it’s aseptic. There are no strong scenes or emotions on the surface. It seems to walk in a vicious cycle of situations.

Directed by Felix Van Groeningen (Alabama Monroe), the plot is based on a combination of Nic Sheff’s bestselling memoirs, tweet (the tug, in free translation), and from his father David’s book, BEautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction. (Pretty Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction)

Read more: Review | Querido Menino – Warm drama about chemical dependency from the father’s point of view

In the same year as the previous film, the problematic son theme also fell into the arms of Julia Robert and the director and screenwriter Peter Hedges (The Strange Life of Timothy Green). Unlike the monotonous narration of dear boy, Ben’s Return mixes an air of mystery, suspense and affliction to the problem of the protagonist lived by Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird – Time to Fly), son of the director.

The distrust of the mother, the sister, the stepfather, the contempt of the neighbors, the guilt for the death of the ex-girlfriend: all these elements have a cathartic power on screen in a touching performance of the young actor. Ben returns on Christmas Eve to the family home, however, he was supposed to be in rehab after almost succumb to overdose.

After just a few months, the young man tries to look better, but every cell in his body cries out for any opioid, any relief. A more exciting plot, but still neat compared to other depictions to follow.

Just like Timothée and Lucas, in the 90s, Leonardo DiCaprioat the age of 20, gave life to the memories of the poet Jim Carrollpublished in 1978. Considered a story of initiation into the world of drugs, Diary of a teenager tells of Jim’s youthful passion for basketball, friendships and his then-heroin addiction.

To continue to escape reality, he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Though lacking in conflict and reflection, the young DiCaprio is an excellent performer and focuses more on the moment to get up than the fall itself. With the help of old neighborhood friend Reggie (Ernie Hudson), the protagonist tries to pick up the pieces and return to sanity.

Starred by the late Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish (RoboCop), the film is a love story between Dan and Candy, inspired by the life of the writer Luke Davis in his youth in Sydney, Australia. Directed by Neil Armfieldthe plot is based on the book Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction and shows the couple’s addiction to heroin, something that at the same time unites them physically, but separates them emotionally.

The journey is a whirlwind of feelings with shocking moments. For example, love is put aside to make way for the practice of prostitution in order to buy more and more injections of the substance. In addition, there is a dramatic scene of the birth of a dead fetus due to narcotics.

If one of them manages to stay clean, the other bows to addiction. Recalling this period of his life, the author and his ex-wife at the time of release reported that reality was 50,000 times worse than what is shown in the film.

  1. Requiem for a Dream (2000)

If previous accounts of decadence, depravity and indignity don’t work to keep anyone off drugs, the nightmare images created by Darren Aronofsky (Mother!) Pharaoh. Requiem for a Dream it is acutely intense and the images projected in our minds are inerasable.

Masterfully, the filmmaker draws a parallel between obsession, desire and narcotics. So the rapid rise of desire is proportionate to the slight degradation of individuals. Thus, this is one of the most successful films in presenting the warped feelings of addiction and the vileness of chemicals in a graphic way.

Each in their own way, Sara (Ellen Burstyn), his son Harry (Jared Leto) and girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) turn into zombies, mutilated and humiliated in order to obtain “the elements” capable of making them hide from their own despair. The scene of Marion’s “dancing” with another girl connected by the anus is difficult to erase from the mind, as is the feeling of decay.

Read more: Article | ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and human decay through Darren Aronofsky’s vision

If someone is capable of taking you to mental havoc, that person is Christiane F. Re-released in August in Brazilian theaters in celebration of the film’s 40th anniversary, Me, Christiane F., 13 years old, drugged and prostituted it’s already a classic. worshiped by the scene underground Berlin of the 1970s/80s and the musical participation of David Bowiethe German film tells a true story based on the memories of the protagonist in the book of the same name.

Directed by Uli Edel, the production does not spare viewers the ghastly details of the world in which young people fall inside a disco nightclub, the sensation of the period. The long course of this first moment of ecstasy, the longing continues, the abandonment of home, prostitution, despair, the death drive and the disconnection from the earthly world.

Christiane’s scenes (Natja Brunckhorst) and her boyfriend Detlef (Thomas Haustein) are raw. The injections of heroin in the vein are shocking. An unforgettable scene is a boy in the bathroom injecting himself into a vein in his neck because he no longer had veins in his arms and ankles. It gives me goosebumps just remembering it.

Read more: Me, Christiane F., 13 Years Old, Drugged and Prostituted – Classic that SHOCKED the 80s Returns to Cinemas and proves to be Timeless

Know anyone else? Tell us in the comments which other movies keep anyone off drugs.

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