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The Adderall Diaries (2015)

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Elliot, a troubled former successful writer decides to write about a missing wife and the following murder trial of her husband.

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Pamela Romanowsky

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Pamela Romanowsky, Stephen Elliott (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Stephen Elliott
Ed Harris ... Neil Elliott
Amber Heard ... Lana Edmond
Jim Parrack ... Roger
Timothée Chalamet ... Teenage Stephen
Danny Flaherty ... Teenage Roger
Christian Slater ... Hans Reiser
Cynthia Nixon ... Jen Davis
Elizabeth Hobgood Elizabeth Hobgood ... Kathleen
Tamzin Brown ... Miranda
Rochelle Bostrom ... Amanda
Laura Frost ... Nina Reiser
Jake Katzman ... Cori Resier
Adam LeFevre ... Bill DuBois
Michael Cristofer ... Paul Hora
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As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott's cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant's friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser's wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas. Written by Publisher's Weekly

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexuality, and some aberrant and disturbing content | See all certifications »

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Second film James Franco has starred in that was released by A24, his first one was (Spring Breakers) See more »

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[last lines]
Stephen Elliott: You remember when you taught me to drive? I was 14. You let me drive out to Warren park in a '69 mustang. I loved that car. You used to take me out, let me drive. I remember feelin' so happy and free, full of hope and potential.
Neil Elliott: I don't know why you always told people I taught you to drive in the mustang. It was a red 1968 Oldsmobile Delmont convertible, in Warren park in the parkin' lot. You were belligerent, and you were a terrible driver. So we only did it once.
Stephen Elliott: Wanna go for a ...
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

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El Tecolete
Written by Marcel Frank
Published by Thomas J. Valentino, Inc.
Performed by Marcel Frank
Courtesy of Selectracks, Inc.
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Very heavy story, but good acting
12 February 2020 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Those of you who know me might wonder why I chose to rent The Adderall Diaries, since it's completely not my cup of tea. Even using that analogy shows how much this movie wouldn't be my style. However, since it was James Franco's time as Star of the Week on Hot Toasty Rag, I thought I'd give it a chance.

This very heavy drama centers on Franco, a writer who learns the hard way that memories are not necessarily truthful. Just because you remember something doesn't mean you aren't remembering a warped version to vindicate what you want to believe. This is the type of movie that makes you think afterwards, so you can understand why I wanted to take a chance on it. If some of the darker themes were cut out, I'd probably have enjoyed it much more, so I would caution the more squeamish viewers out there that there will be many uncomfortable moments throughout the 90 minutes. As it is, through the drugs and self-abuse, I felt an intense amount of pity for the main character who wasn't able to cope through life without adding in a bevy of complications.

If you watch this movie, you'll be treated to some great performances by Franco, his onscreen father Ed Harris, and accused murderer Christian Slater. Amber Heard's character in particular drew out my sympathy. She's Franco's love interest, and while she has lived through darkness in her life, she's not as damaged as the man she's drawn to. Any girl who's tried to reshape herself for the sake of keeping a bad boy interested will feel for Amber in this movie. You'll also see a young boy playing the troubled teen version of Franco, and if his face looks familiar, it's because it's a pre-famous Timothée Chalamet.

DLM Warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie might not be your friend. There are some canted angles and handheld motions that will make you sick. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"

Kiddy Warning: Obviously, you have control over your own children. However, due to sex scenes, drug use, and violence, I wouldn't let my kids watch it.


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Release Date:

10 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,517, 17 April 2016

Gross USA:

$13,191

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,364
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