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Self Medicated (2005)

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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

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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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The scenes that take place in "Brightway Adolescent Hospital" were shot in a functioning state mental hospital. See more »


Gabe: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and he will direct your path."
Andrew Eriksen: You got a Bible verse memorized for it and everything, huh?
Gabe: Here's another one you ought to hear: "It's better to put it in the belly of a whore than on the ground."
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Self Medicated Main Title Theme
Written by Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Charlie Colin
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The best indie I've seen in a while
3 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the hell out of this film. Definitely the best indie movie I can remember seeing in quite a while. Very entertaining with a thoughtful and intelligent script. It was rather dark at times yet there were some very funny and touching moments as well. I laughed out loud in several places. The acting was very solid all around, especially for an indie, which isn't often the case. Diane Venora was awesome. Why in the hell is she not in more movies? Who knows? I loved the music, very ethereal, reminded me of Sigur Ros. There is one scene in this movie that I just cannot get out of my head ever since I saw it, perhaps one of the most powerful single scenes I have ever seen in any movie, indie or otherwise. I'm trying to figure out why it hit me as hard as it did. But I guess I'll have to see this movie again before I decide if it's really as good as I think it might be.

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