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Clean and Sober (1988)
Movie shows a process
If you want to truly enjoy this movie, watch it with someone who has been through rehab (well, actually, he did a couple of times) and has some recovery time. (about 20 years at the time we watched this movie together) My friend and I watched this movie and He was fully impressed as was I, having seen this process taking place in the lives of several of my friends.
Micheal Keaton's character goes through all the stages of recovery; the crash and burn - hitting bottom, faking it, making it and getting on the road of recovery. With a sponsor who is exactly what he needed - a bastard with a heart - he gains insight into his own life and finds his direction.
What I enjoyed was that the movie did not pound a point into us. As if we could not get the concept. It let us gather in what was told and watch what happened. We see some in sight into the mind of the addict, without it being a person we really could care less about. Some how we feel for him and want him to find a good path.
My friend told me that the scenes in rehab were authentic, complete with the sex that takes place. 13th stepping as they call it.
Keaton plays the role so well you can forget who he is and take in the character.
If you know someone who is working a recovery, you might enjoy watching this with them, not only for what they can tell you, but for what you might learn about them.
Not the original Armageddon. So far above it!
I read the review of this movie and was astounded to find someone felt this was the original Armageddon movie. While there is one similarity, in that they both involved the so named "Hell Fighters", the other movie is a cheap knock off of some idea to put these guys in space.
This movie was so far above the Bruce Willis movie. If you are able to watch this movie and not feel the heat of the job you are not watching close enough. John Wayne and fact the whole cast play this movie with such a realistic feel you can't help but get into. No cut on Mr. Willis, but that was such a fluffy, far-fetched movie, you could not really believe it for a moment.
Watch this movie if you want to see the lives of people who truly live on the edge of danger.
Analyze That (2002)
ZZzzz.. yeah, that bad
If this was the best that they could do, they should have stopped with the first. The plot is contrived and thin at best. The movie drags on while one waits for a punch line. For example, their first session at home is so long and drawn out and should have been much shorter. The entire movie lacked punch.. and thus the punch lines dragged out.
It feels like Billy Crystal is working too hard to make this all work.
Sometimes a sequel is bad idea. This was one such time.