Saturday, March 5, 2016

801. Drugstore Cowboy

Drugstore Cowboy
Directed by Gus Van Sant

I really don't like movies concerning drugs, although I suppose with Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting looming, I shouldn't complain just yet.

Bob is an extremely superstitious drug addict, who fuels his habit by robbing hospitals and pharmacies. He is aided by his wife, his friend, and his friend's girlfriend.  After an unexpected (well unexpected to them at least) overdose, Bob vows to go straight.

This film will be disturbing to anyone who knows people that suffer from addiction (so basically everyone) as the director really taps into the desperation and sadness of these characters.  I suppose the comedy works somewhat well in this, but the film's themes are so depressing that it is hard to laugh at or with the people onscreen.

Sorry for the short review, but I just want to move on from this one.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Number two on Roger Ebert's list of Best Films of 1989.

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