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He began a film, a search, to discover not only what had happened to Stevie over the past ten years but to understand the forces that had shaped his entire life. Part way through the filming, Stevie is arrested and charged with a serious crime that tears his family apart. What was to be a modest profile turns into a intimate four and half year chronicle of Stevie, his broken family, the criminal justice system and the filmmaker himself, as they all struggle with what Stevie has done and who he has become. Written by
[when his step-grandmother mentions Stevie's abusive biological mom]
I don't have a mother, I never had one, and on the day she dies, I'm gonna go, and I'm gonna laugh at her!
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"Stevie" is easily one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen. Stevie has been shat on his entire life and nobody cares. His family has failed him, the system meant to protect him has failed him, and the people who are supposed to be his friends have failed him. People knew since Stevie was a teenager that the specific trouble that got him into trouble, which is the core of the movie, would eventually happen. Yet, nobody did anything to prevent it, instead seemingly choosing to say "Aren't you stupid for letting it happen. Now live with the consequences." The only problem is, the people that created the monster that is Stevie don't share in any of the blame. One of the most appalling things about this movie is that it was made. Steve James does a great job of injecting himself into a situation while trying to wipe his hands clean of any responsibility. He tells Stevie what Stevie wants to hear, but doesn't follow it up with any action. Steve James is just one more person to shat on Stevie and should be ashamed of himself. Hell, everyone in Stevie's life should be ashamed of themselves. If nothing else, this movie is great at showing the outcome of child abuse in every sense of "outcome."
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