Every era gets the drug it deserves. In America today, where competition is ceaseless from school to the workforce and everyone wants a performance edge, Adderall and other prescription stimulants are the defining drugs of this generation.
The pressure to achieve more, do more, and be more is part of being human - and in the age of Adderall and Ritalin, achieving that can be as close as the local pharmacy. No longer just "a cure for excitable kids," prescription stimulants are in college classrooms, on Wall Street, in Silicon Valley...any place "the need to succeed" slams into "not enough hours in the day." But there are costs. In the insightful Netflix documentary TAKE YOUR PILLS, award-winning documentarian Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry) focuses on the history, the facts, and the pervasiveness of cognitive-enhancement drugs in our amped-up era of late-stage-capitalism. Executive produced by Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger, TAKE YOUR PILLS examines what some view as a brave new world of limitless possibilities, and others see as a sped-up ride down a synaptic slippery slope, as these pills have become the defining drug of a generation.
It's not informative. It's a shock-value documentary
First off, I was addicted to speed for about a year and a half. Speed is just non-pharma Adderall. I tried Addy, it was great, but way too expensive for my lifestyle. During my depression I had to make friends, do my job, get passing grades, all things I could no longer do normally. I've lived the life they're describing in the film.
Now there are a few reasons why I gave this film 2 stars.
1) It's EXTREMELY REPTITIVE
I honestly couldn't watch the first 20 minutes without being forced to skip sections of the movie. It just pounds into your head that "omg hey everyone, everyone else is doing it and you just don't know, or maybe you do cause you're in college or in business" But it's not true.
2) It exaggerates immensely
Not EVERYONE and their mother is doing it. I've been to college, and while it was a fairly conservative college, the level of abuse is so exaggerated. They act like every college kid HAS to do it and DOES do it, and that's just flat out not true. At my school in particular I would say less than 20-25% of kids have even tried Adderall.
3) It underlines this massive problem and gives no answers
It briefly skims over nootropics, and vaguely mentions "hey btw Adderall has long term effects! I guess you'll just have to guess what those are because this isn't an informative documentary, this is a shock value documentary!!!!"
And that's honestly what pissed me off the most. It's not an informative documentary. It's a shock value documentary.
All they care about is spreading an exaggerated message that Adderall is being abused.
Yes it's a problem. No they don't give you a solution.
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