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Self Medicated (2005)

R | | Biography, Drama | June 2005 (USA)
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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
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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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Edited into The Making of Self-Medicated (2007) See more »

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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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The best indie I've seen in a while
3 March 2006 | by cherrito-1See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the hell out of this film. Definitely the best indie movie I can remember seeing in quite a while. Very entertaining with a thoughtful and intelligent script. It was rather dark at times yet there were some very funny and touching moments as well. I laughed out loud in several places. The acting was very solid all around, especially for an indie, which isn't often the case. Diane Venora was awesome. Why in the hell is she not in more movies? Who knows? I loved the music, very ethereal, reminded me of Sigur Ros. There is one scene in this movie that I just cannot get out of my head ever since I saw it, perhaps one of the most powerful single scenes I have ever seen in any movie, indie or otherwise. I'm trying to figure out why it hit me as hard as it did. But I guess I'll have to see this movie again before I decide if it's really as good as I think it might be.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Own Demon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,871, 2 September 2007

Gross USA:

$100,610

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,610
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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