|CLEAN AND SOBER (director/writer: Glenn Gordon Caron; screenwriter: Tod Carroll; cinematographer: Jan Kiesser; editor: Richard Chew; music: Gabriel Yared; cast: Michael Keaton (Daryl Poynter), Kathy Baker (Charlie Standers), Morgan Freeman (Craig), M. Emmet Walsh (Richard Dirks), Tate Donovan (Donald Towle), Luca Bercovici (Lenny), Claudia Christian (Iris); Runtime: 124; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Tony Ganz/Deborah Blum; Warner Home Video; 1988)|
|"An intense drama about
substance abuse that turns out all too
predictable, but is
by Dennis Schwartz
An intense drama about substance abuse that turns out all too predictable, but is nevertheless powerful. It's the directorial debut of Glenn Gordon Caron ("Wilder Napalm"/"Picture Perfect"/"Love Affair"), the creator of the television series Moonlighting (1985-89). Caron co-writes the screenplay with Tod Carroll ( "National Lampoon" alumnus).
Keaton plays Daryl Poynter, the
fast-talking embezzler real estate executive, who is
saddled with great debts after losing the stolen money
at the stock market and squandering it on drugs. The
middle-class cocaine addict, with an additional
drinking problem, is in denial over his substance
problems. While on the run, after waking up and
finding his date dead, he hides out in an abuse
recovery hospital to get away from the possibility of
criminal charges brought against him for both
embezzling and murder.
is shown struggling to come to grips with his problem
while in a 30-day rehab program.
Freeman plays the ex-junkie strict supervisor
at the rehab clinic. Kathy Baker is a self-denigrating
crane operator and recovering addict, whose
hubby is out on parole for petty theft. Daryl tries to
begin a romance with her.
pic follows the couple's difficulties trying to
overcome their cocaine addiction and begin life with a
M. Emmet Walsh plays
is superb as the difficult abrasive patient.
REVIEWED ON 4/17/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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