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Suck it Up Buttercup (2014)

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Drug addiction's collateral damage is starkly revealed when a former honor student, newly addicted to prescription pills, triggers a chain of events that devastates her friends and threatens to tear her family apart.


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Credited cast:
Jackie Holman
Ellie Holman
Joe Holman
Devin Fanlin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dr. Yim
Officer Nicky Gregorio
Brianna Praig
Matthew Douglas Goodrich ...
Rusty Corliss (as Matthew Goodrich)


When the worlds of addiction, denial, deceit and dementia all suddenly collide one night, the collateral damage from teenage drug use is laid bare. Once an honors student, Jackie Holman is newly addicted to prescription pills. Her father Joe is out of work and in denial about Jackie's addiction. Her mother Ellie, pregnant and working double shifts to keep the family afloat, is also burdened with Jackie's senile grandfather and unaware of her daughter's drug use. A fast moving chain of events unfolds as Jackie, desperate to get her next fix, lies in order to get the money she needs from her father. While she parties and waits for her payday, Joe and Ellie race to save her in a clash that brings out cop cars handcuffs and heartache while testing the family resolve. Grounded in the economic decline and teenage aimlessness that afflicts small town America, SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP is raw, emotional and uncomfortably real. Written by Anonymous

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Beautifully drawn portrait of a family struggling to hold it together
21 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some movies speak to the heart of an issue. Suck It Up Buttercup is one of those movies. I was lucky enough to attend it's premiere at the Bare Bones Film Festival in Muskogee Oklahoma last week, and at the premiere you could definitely feel the atmosphere of excitement in the air as the audience discovered this gem. Anyone who's dealt with a friend or family member who's been affected by addiction will recognize themselves in this film. It is truthful, compassionate, and unafraid of showing the warts and underbelly of a family who loves each other in a time of crisis. Bravo to the actors for their honest and brave portrayals of these characters and bravo to the writers and director, Malindi Fickle, who's work is so meticulous, well-crafted and brave. This movie is a gift to us all, in terms of starting a conversation about the affects of addiction on a family unit, and it's also a work of art. Thank you to the artists behind this wonderful film!

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