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Genres:
Drama
Resolution:
1280*714
Size:
1.12G
Quality:
720p
Frame Rate:
29.97 fps
Language:
English 2.0  
Run Time:
124 min
IMDB Rating:
6.7 / 10 
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Downloaded:
422
Seeds:
31
Peers:
18
Directors: Glenn Gordon Caron [Director] ,


Movie Description:
Michael Keaton plays Daryl Poynter, a hot shot real estate agent who just happens to have a cocaine and drinking problem. One morning, he wakes up to find a dead woman in his bed (someone he had been partying with the night before) from a cocaine overdose. He also just happens to receive a phone call from his employers telling him a huge sum of money is missing from one of his accounts. Panicking, Daryl decides to check into a drug rehab to hide from the law, where he meets tough cookie Morgan Freeman. A recovering addict himself, he now works as a drug counselor, and knows all the tricks Daryl tries to pull. Soon Daryl discovers he just might be in the right place, after all.

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Reviews

The Long Way Down

Clean and Sober is not a "feel good" movie. It doesn't have Improbably beautiful actors going through the stereotypical and cliche motions seen in other films about addiction. Michael Keaton is astonishingly believable as a smooth talking drug addict whose talents for manipulating others is surpassed only by his own self deception. Keaton's performance resonates as a man fueled purely by need. The essence of addiction is viscerally on display as he desperately tries to mitigate the trouble in which he now finds himself. The walls are closing in all around him and we feel not only his desperation, but also his inability to recognize it as such.Morgan Freeman is in top form as usual in an early performance in his film career. A former addict now sober and working in a rehab he has a proud weariness to him. A kind man but also one who knows Keaton's number and isn't afraid to tell him as much. But ultimately this is Keaton's movie...a testament to the greatness of his performance. The supporting cast is very genuine and their stories are tragically believable. M. Emmet Walsh in particular stands out as a success story for a recovering addict. He has no problem admitting that putting down one addiction sometimes requires picking up another, albeit much less harmfulThe story itself is familiar enough. Keaton is a business man in a lot of trouble for a lot of reasons. Drug rehab is seen as sanctuary; a place to lay low while he frantically tries to fix the problems he has created. Getting sober is not a straight line for anyone. Keaton's journey is one that at he doesn't always know he is making, Luck, timing, fate, and tragedy all play a part in keeping himself and drugs separated.Clean and Sober really is a fine film and all too often overlooked. It's not cute and it doesn't let us off the hook. But it's that uncompromising honesty that makes it so incredibly moving. Life can be cruel. We can lose ourselves but also muster the strength to find ourselves again. Sometimes we have to prematurely say goodbye to those we love. But through sorrow strength can also be found. Strength to carry on even when surrender seems so seductive.Clean and Sober hits some very powerful notes. We should always dare to hope for a better day. In the end key words are spoken by Keaton that perfectly encapsulate his situation. A sense of defiant optimism in the face of great difficulty is the fuel that helps us achieve new heights. And from there, to go ahead and reach a little higher.

well-made drug rehab drama

This sort of topical cautionary fable usually plays better as a television movie-of-the-week, but here the Big Message is downplayed in favor of a frequently engrossing drama, presenting erstwhile funnyman Michael Keaton with a meaty character to cut his dramatic teeth on. Keaton plays a young high financier and substance abuser hiding from the authorities in a drug rehab center. The role allows him the opportunity for some colorful temper tantrums and histrionic withdrawal anxieties, and he responds with a high-strung performance anchored by an excellent cast of veteran co-stars. Half way into the film the screenplay meanders into an uncertain (if thankfully unsentimental) love story, but just before it can end happily ever after a surprise plot twist brings reality back with a jolt, leading to a bittersweet conclusion almost spoiled by an annoying, self-congratulatory epilogue. It may not win any battles in the war against drugs, but the film is a cut above the usual big screen temperance lesson.

well-made drug rehab drama

This sort of topical cautionary fable usually plays better as a television movie-of-the-week, but here the Big Message is downplayed in favor of a frequently engrossing drama, presenting erstwhile funnyman Michael Keaton with a meaty character to cut his dramatic teeth on. Keaton plays a young high financier and substance abuser hiding from the authorities in a drug rehab center. The role allows him the opportunity for some colorful temper tantrums and histrionic withdrawal anxieties, and he responds with a high-strung performance anchored by an excellent cast of veteran co-stars. Half way into the film the screenplay meanders into an uncertain (if thankfully unsentimental) love story, but just before it can end happily ever after a surprise plot twist brings reality back with a jolt, leading to a bittersweet conclusion almost spoiled by an annoying, self-congratulatory epilogue. It may not win any battles in the war against drugs, but the film is a cut above the usual big screen temperance lesson.
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