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Self-Medicated

The 24-year-old writer-director Monty Lapica makes an ill-advised stab at playing the 17-year-old version of himself in this autobiographical drama about a Las Vegas high-schooler with an alcohol addiction. His pill-popping mom begs God to save her son from his reckless ways. As it happens, Self-Medicateddoes concern an intervention—albeit not a divine one—in which Lapica (here called Andrew) is interred in the kind of rehab center that makes San Quentin look like Club Med. As a director, Lapica labors to affect a kind of stark, airless "realism," yet long before Andrew's eleventh-hour encounter with a homily-spouting homeless man, Self-Medicatedreveals itself as a narcissistic fantasy about the misunderstood kid with a heart of gold who finally figures out how to get his shit together: Good Will Huntingwith a side of Capracorn.

 
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