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Self Medicated (2005)

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A pill-popping mom has her drug-abusing teen son abducted into a private intervention facility that means well.

Director:

Monty Lapica

Writer:

Monty Lapica
25 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monty Lapica ... Andrew Eriksen
Diane Venora ... Louise Eriksen
Michael Bowen ... Dan Jones
Greg Germann ... Keith
Kristina Anapau ... Nicole
Matthew Carey ... Aaron
Shane Stuart ... Seth Calenes
Richard Weisner Richard Weisner ... Mikey (as Richie Weisner)
William Stanford Davis ... Gabe
Michael Mantell ... Dr. Reinholtz
Faleolo Alailima ... Kawa (as Olo Alailima)
Kelly Kruger ... Tori
Karim Prince ... Steve
Glenndon Chatman Glenndon Chatman ... John
Noah Segan ... Trevor
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for substance abuse, language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Own Demon See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,168, 31 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$98,830, 23 September 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Story based on director-writer-actor Monty Lapica's own experiences following the death of his father. See more »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Self Medicated Main Title Theme
Written by Anthony Marinelli
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Charlie Colin
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Excellent performances all around.
14 November 2006 | by sashawhatsonSee all my reviews

I must confess a big reason I adored this movie so much is because of Kristina Anapau, who is not only smoking hot in this film, but is absolutely perfect in her role. I also loved Monty Lapica's performance, who totally amazes in this film as well. Fortunately, the twists in this film keep this from being anything close to a formulaic movie. The tension builds steadily. Michael Bowen from Kill Bill makes an excellent bad guy, as always, who you love to hate. And there are several other good supporting roles, especially that of Greg Germann, who I used to watch on Ally McBeal.

I found out that this is the director's first film and I have to say he succeeds with flying colors in creating an original, beautiful, poignant and good natured picture.


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