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Trapped in a Purple Haze (2000)

When a charismatic teenager falters under constant pressure from his parents and school, he makes a potentially deadly mistake.

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Molly White
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Max Hanson is a gifted artist. But he likes ice hockey better. His mother puts him under constant pressure to pursue his artistic career. He finally collapses under this pressure when he falls for classmate Molly who introduces him to parties and drugs. Everything goes down from there with Max losing all he cares for: Ice hockey and even Molly. After running away from home his mom tries to bring him back but not without the final confrontation. Written by <anya199@hotmail.com>

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well directed...
26 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film is a realistic portrayal of the problems faced by Max (well-portrayed by Jonathan Jackson). He is drawn into a relationship with a female student (Carly Pope) who seems to just be temperamental at first, but then it unravels as she is on drugs (heroin) and brings Max into her world.

JoBeth Williams is Max's mom and Colm Feore (as the Dad) gives a realistic performance of a man who loves his son and offers help. For some reason Max's mother has issues with this, and her son ends up on the street. Some of the scenes as when she sees her son pan-handling at the mall, and chooses to avoid him, are realistic and disturbing. There is a sad scene toward the end.

This film has a good message as it addresses Max's point of view. He just wants to fit in and be with his girlfriend (Carly Pope). Highly recommended. 9/10.


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