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Self Medicated (2005)

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

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Louise Eriksen
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Keith
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Nicole
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Aaron
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Seth Calenes
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Mikey (as Richie Weisner)
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Kawa (as Olo Alailima)
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Tori
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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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$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,168, 31 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$98,830, 23 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 »

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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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Self Medicated Main Title Theme
Written by Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Charlie Colin
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Subtle and down to earth – beautiful!
14 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film is something very special.

Go see it! It's all true. It's subtle, down-to-earth, and allows the audience to observe and relate to the characters. The mother and son who are the main characters in this film have a life crisis to deal with, and both become alienated by their own self-destructive behavior. For me, I felt a very strong connection to the characters, their loneliness, and general fear about what to do and how to create/sustain their lives.

It's a real and true to life kind of film. If you cannot be sensitive for a couple of hours you certainly won't appreciate it, but if you can it is well worth the time. I think that everybody should have an experience that causes you to take stock of your life.


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