DVD In My Pocket

DVD In My Pocket
DVD In My Pocket
Run time: 94 min
Rating: 4.9
Genres: Drama | Romance
Director: David Lisle Johnson
Writers: Joseph Ferrugio, David Lisle Johnson
Stars: Gregory Smith, Zack Ward, Shantel VanSanten
Storyline
A harrowing journey down the dark spiral of drug addiction. As Stephen Jameson’s carefully constructed life slowly falls apart, his belief system is shattered when he discovers that he’s no longer the functioning addict that he once was. Uncompromising and unwaveringly honest, IN MY POCKET pulls no punches as it not only dares you to peer into the edge of the abyss…but then pushes you right in. Written by anonymous
Plot Keywords: addiction, los angeles california, independent film
Details:
Country: USA
Release Date: 5 February 2013 (USA)
Box Office
Budget: $2,000,000 (estimated)

3 Comments

  1. Can't believe it won any kind of audience choice award. I also can't believe its rated as high as it is , even allowing for the cast and crew to have all voted it up. I expect that probably accounts for about half the votes though , so at about 6.9 without them voting your probably looking at a movie that's actually rated about 5.0 or so.

    This movie started off with some promise technically but as it moved along it actually continually surprised me with each new unbelievable turn of plot , phony character , or contrived emotion. The cartoon characters in rehab , the awful forced romantic relationship, cripes.. I know something of addiction and rehab myself and it really did an EXCEPTIONALLY poor job of portraying either experience with any degree of authenticity.

    What were these guys taking peyote? Why did his fairly well to do parents put their ""on his way to med school" kid in some kind of rehab that was like a state mental ward ? I could pick it apart more here but whats the point of kicking someone when their down. Don't waste your time…

  2. A college student overdoses on drugs and wakes up in the hospital. The parents say if he doesn't admit himself into rehab that they will stop supporting him. Next it shows the parents signing papers, as if they are having him committed. It turns out he is in fact committed, to a mental ward, without his consent. What? No judge ordered him to be put into a mental hospital. No judge ordered him into forced rehab. He didn't want to go, so why is he there? The only plausible explanation is that he willingly allowed himself to be committed to a mental hospital. The kind with steel grates over all the windows so you can't escape. Are we supposed to believe that he did this just so his parents would keep supporting him?

    He was failing out of med school and also ran a drug lab. Why would he need their money? He could get a job at 7-11 (or keep selling drugs)and move into a crappy apartment with a friend, but instead he chooses to lock himself up in a mental hospital?

    There are violent criminals locked up in there as well, but when the main characters ex-girlfriend comes to visit him, they allow her to wander the halls, with all of the patients, looking for him. Is this really how secured mental hospitals and secured drug rehab facilities for ex-cons operate? Whoever wrote this movie doesn't seem to understand that if you are an adult, your parents cannot commit you to a mental hospital by signing some papers. If this guy did commit himself to this particular facility, then he is just stupid. It's too bad, because the acting and special effects are pretty decent. The story is absolutely absurd.

  3. This film is a wannabe Requiem for a Dream, with the difference being that the story of In My Pocket was written by people who know nothing about anything. To give one example, it shows a girl who was injected with an unknown drug just once and became so addicted to it she was still in rehab 5 years later having extreme craving. The film tries to present a serious subject matter, but ends up being a mishmash of clichés put together in a less than bright or informed manner. The main audience for this is people who will swallow nonsense and laud it as educational provided it vilifies drugs and at least superficially resembles reality. Even if you disregard the contrived nature of some story elements and the general lack of understandable motivation for the character's actions, parts of the film feature sub-par acting, like the main character's father trying and failing to give a strict appearance. This is one of the rare films whose lack of redeeming qualities has made me regret watching it.

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