Saturday, April 05, 2008


On with the thread of bummer films DRUNKS is just that. The cumulative story of beautiful people who all just happen to be alcoholics. It is based on a stage play and I've heard it was star Richard Lewis who pushed to have this one made after he himself completed his twelve step AA program. It's an interesting role for him and he gives it a serious go, as do Parker Posey, Amanda Plummer and Calista Flockhart. One of the greatest and also saddest moments in the film is a scene stealing rap from the late Spalding Grey and one could make a great argument as top Faye Dunaway's character being a homage continuation of that as the one she played in BARFLY. Dark and gritty this is a REAL version of LEAVING LAS VEGAS and as morose as it may seem at times it still does offer a glimpse of hope.


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