Must pick 1 out of the 4 movies listed
APA Format, 12 Font
3 page reaction paper to the movie you choose not including cover page or reference page.
Requiem for a Dream. Recommended by the College of Psychiatric and Neurological Pharmacists (CPNP) “
Junkies”. “Addicts”. “Crack heads”. These are all common derogatory terms referring to people suffering from drug addiction. Requiem for a Dream depicts four different kinds of drug addiction each leading different outcomes for the characters. Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is addicted to amphetamines, Marion Silver (Jennifer Connelly), Tyrone Love (Marlone Wayans), and Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto) are all addicted to heroin. The lives of these characters are all drastically changed as they progress further into their drug addiction. Requiem for a Dream is not like a typical drug abuse film in which the characters have successfully overcome their addiction or are on a path to recovery. Instead, it shows how drug abuse completely engulfs an individual to the point where they are unrecognizable.
Basketball Diaries: Though basketball is its central conceit, “Basketball Diaries” is not a sports film—at least not in the conventional sense. Based on jock-poet-rock star Jim Carroll’s celebrated account of his brutal descent into heroin abuse as a teenager in Manhattan, the film has no big-game finale drawing the story forward. It’s a tough, intense, wrenching picture about drugs and growing up and surviving, driven by a fierce, skinless performance by its star, Leonardo DiCaprio.
Drugstore Cowboy: Portraits of drug addiction tend to wallow in spiraling miseries, like a hurricane that gathers strength and grows more destructive as it reaches landfall. Bob Hughes (Matt Dillon) is the leader of a “family” of drug addicts consisting of his wife, Dianne (Kelly Lynch), and another couple who feed their habit by robbing drug stores as they travel across the country. After a tragedy befalls a member of his group, Bob decides he must leave his dysfunctional clan and go straight. Parting ways with his junkie past proves more difficult than expected when Bob is stalked by an old acquaintance looking to score drugs at any price.
Candy: The sight of young people going down the drain is never pleasant, particularly when there are needles jabbed in their arms. It isn’t just that watching anyone probe his or her veins with a sharp tends to be pretty gross; it’s also that the ritual of heroin addiction. This film features striking performances from Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush. Mr. Ledger plays Dan, a low-key charmer with a dewily pretty girlfriend, Candy (Abbie Cornish), and a growing appetite for heroin.