Self Medicated (2005)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  June 2005 (USA)
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A pill-popping mom has her drug-abusing teen son abducted into a private intervention facility that means well.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Eriksen
Louise Eriksen
Dan Jones
Seth Calenes
Richard Weisner ...
Mikey (as Richie Weisner)
Dr. Reinholtz
Kawa (as Olo Alailima)


Based on true events. On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew's life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew's descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young man is now headed for self-destruction. Andrew's mother, helpless to control her son and fighting an addiction of her own, refuses to watch idly as her only child destroys himself. As a last resort, she hires a private company to forcibly kidnap and confine him in a locked-down and corrupt psychiatric hospital. As Andrew is subjected to the secret physical and emotional abuses of the program, something inside him is re-awakened. He must somehow get free to save what's left of his life, but to do that, he knows he must first face his own demons head-on. Written by ThinkFilm

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for substance abuse, language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Own Demon  »

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Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,168 (USA) (31 August 2007)


$98,830 (USA) (21 September 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Winner of over 35 international film awards. See more »


Andrew Eriksen: What the hell's "conspiracy to escape?"
Dan Jones: Hey, watch it, mister! Huh? H-E double hockey sticks - that's a curse word. Now I want you to write 500 words on the deleterious effects of profanity.
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Edited into The Making of Self-Medicated (2007) See more »


Self Medicated Main Title Theme
Written by Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Charlie Colin
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The film hit me right in the gut
8 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was incredibly impressed with this film. For me personally it was a 4-time tear jerker. Yes, that's right, 4. And I NEVER CRY IN MOVIES. Maybe my reaction to this film might have something to do with the fact that I am a new father and my sensitivities in this department are just now budding, but the relationship between parent and child in this film was so real and raw that it made me feel on a very visceral level like few films have. Let me say the writing was spot on. I kept listening for "lines", you know, the kind that remind you that you are watching a movie, but I never heard one. It felt like what I was watching was unfolding for the first time in real life right before me. Andrew is one torn up kid, not the kind of kid that you immediately take a liking to, but by the end of the movie I was right there with him. And now I find myself online at 1:00 am writing this, something else I would normally never do. Also, the acting in this one was, if I dare say... f'n amazing. Very raw, very real, and not always easy to watch - but electrifying. Definitely not your sugarcoated Hollywood fare. Reminds me of they used to make movies in the 70's, before Nipplegate and the FCC started breathing down everyone's throats.

An excellent film on many levels - 10/10.

Take note Hollywood: if you guys made more movies like this maybe we'd come to the theaters and sit through your 20 minutes of car commercials before the previews. But in the meantime, as long as you're pumping out stuff like The Pacifier, you can find me at home plopped down in front of my 62'' plasma with my Netflix.

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