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Never Get Outta the Boat (2002)

R  |   |  Drama  |  October 2003 (USA)
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The story of young men whose recovery from drug abuse hangs on their self-management of a gritty L.A. rehab center.



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The story of young men whose recovery from drug abuse hangs on their self-management of a gritty L.A. rehab center.

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Rated R for pervasive drug material and language, strong sexual content and some violent images




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Outta the Blue
12 December 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

So, I was just checking IFC this afternoon to see which umpteenth repeat of -(insert your own most-annoying IFC repeat)- was on today.

'Never Get Outta the Boat,' seemed like some good advice I'd heard somewhere once, so I hit the next button.

I read the summary, saw the three stars and changed my day around a little just to watch it. I went through similar drug addict circumstances for years, so I thought I'd check out the latest piece of crap movie about it. They never get it right. Not that it would be easy to do that, but why some try is a mystery.

Also, I've been clean for a good while now, and can always use a little reminder of what I'm not missing. Some of you know how that is.

So 'Outta the Blue,' (corny enough?) comes this perfect portrayal. Its translated through LA, but is certainly universal enough in scope.

Another poster mentioned 'the wanting.' How simple. How complex.

This film captures just about every aspect of the addiction 'lifestyle' it possibly could in just a few hours. At this point, I just say 'see it,' if you want to know what that world is like, or hopefully, if you are an addict, look back at it.

All of you wannabe addicts-in-training should see it too, and get a load of what you're in for. The thing with this film is, it is so realistic, you will not be able to dismiss it.

Here are some comments, in no particular order:

-The use of the soundtrack is a perfect ten. Not too much, just enough and always right.

-The 'using' scenes are perfect.

-The 'craving' scene, in the truck ride on Slawson/Slauson (sp?) really captured that certain 'pull' the addict feels.

It definitely will make you well up, maybe even cry, tough guy. You feel like you know these people. Maybe you did. Maybe the next guy that dies is you. Was that your wife in that one scene? I could go on and on here. Just let me highly recommend it.

Oh, yeah. The acting was so realistic, I almost forgot to mention it.

Thanks, folks.


Personal Aside

The only character missing was the befuddled Wall Street addict. John Cusack cast as me would've been ideal.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

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