Self-Medicated Synopsis
A woman (Diane Venora) sends her troubled son (Monty Lapica) to a rehabilitation center.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Though the script and storytelling could have used more polish, Lapica's honesty provides the lasting impression.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
On the basis of this film, Monty Lapica, at 24, has a career ahead of him as a director, an actor or both. He also has a life ahead of him,...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
There's a palpable element of honesty in Lapica's writing and lead performance that gives this indie production, the edge over other...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marrit Ingman
A compelling small-scale drama, and Lapica is a talent to watch.
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
It's worth noting that the movie's spiritual underpinnings are sometimes fairly subtle and other times veer into "Touched by an Angel"...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
There are nice touches, particularly in Venora's performance and Timothy Kendall's editing, but the film's maudlin edge illustrates the...
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Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The vision of him pretending to be a sullen teen is a distraction the movie never overcomes.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Lapica isn't yet enough of a writer or director (or an actor) to make the dramatic arc unpredictable in any way. It may be effective for...
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Bill White
Before the movie reaches its climax, it has created a mess that requires divine intervention.
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By i_hate_selfmedicated
It doesn't take long to realize that this movie is a wannabe Lifetime original...I say wannabe because even Lifetime originals have better acting and less preaching. This movie should be under...

One of the best films I've seen in the last few years

By jimterry101
I saw this movie at a film festival earlier this year and itwas quite simply the best independent film I've seen in recent years. The acting in this film is superb. The character study is amazing....

are you kidding?

By k8webster
enjoyed most of it until the cliched religious symbolism, and it was all downhill from there. the writer-director also stars in it, and not only is he completely unbelievable as a 17 year old, he...


By NevadaLVCC
Having grown up in Vegas it is easy to relate to the trueness of this film, which is depicted beautifully. The premier in Vegas at the Brennan theaters was a hit and I think that's what got this film...

Entertaining and Intelligent Film

By movie_snob_of_the_century
I went to a preview screening of this film on 8/28/2007 at the Fine Arts theater in Beverly Hills. I was really surprised. The film has none of the weeknesses of a small-budget, independent, first...

Self Medicated

By Valerama
This movie should be watched by all high school students. Very intense. A must see....

Young Vegas

By emmatad
A must see! I saw the movie at Cinevegas and was blown away! I would suggest this movie to all ages. Pure and raw entertainment! Great going!...

Very Good!

By jenevabell
This is a great movie. We need more made like this. Jeneva...

See this film!!!

By suitdesign
I caught this film in Tahoe and it's a must see! The story is intriguing and the acting is great. I normally get pretty bored with true stories, but this film kept me interested from start to...


By bsreeds
Apparantly k8webster has something against Beleivers. I live here in Las Vegas and happen to be Good friends with Monty Lapica's Mom, and a personal acquaintance of Monty. This is a very Good Movie...

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Rated R | For substance abuse, language, and some sexual material