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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
The scenes that take place in "Brightway Adolescent Hospital" were shot in a functioning state mental hospital. See more »
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and he will direct your path."
You got a Bible verse memorized for it and everything, huh?
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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If not for CineVegas I would have never seen this excellent film which deserves a wide audience. It has been many months since I sat in the small theater, nearly empty, early afternoon to see a movie I never heard about, starring and directed by a kid no one ever heard of. They will now. Spielberg had his "Duel" -- and guess what -- Self Medicated is better. On just about every level. Production values, acting, script. This movie needs to be seen by the general public. It would be a crime if it didn't find a distributor. Three movies that were shown at the same festival garnered a lot of publicity and continue to have a shelf life -- Land of the Dead, Murder Ball (simply terrific!) and The Aristocrats (who cares?). Self Medicated is the best of the bunch. Bravo to all involved!
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