This is a really dated movie for a perpetual and chronic problem that effects so many people. I was court ordered to watch "Shattered Spirits" in alcohol education class. The only problem was the 25 or so other people in the room who had no appreciation for the campiness of this outdated piece. It would be like ordering 19 year old junkies to watch "The Man With The Golden Arm". Great to see "Albert" from Little House on the Prairie driving the van like it was an unruly 747. Marty Sheen's acting was brilliant as usual and he had that crazy, raging drunken dad thing down perfectly. Some people think the lawn mowing scene was over the top but I've seen and done worse. I've yet to see a really good film on the topic of alcoholism in mainstream, middle class families - most are Hollywood or Disneyfied garbage that leave out the true madness.
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