Self Medicated
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Monty Lapica's drama Self-Medicated tells the story of a 17-year-old boy who is having a very difficult time dealing with the grief he experiences after his father dies. After the boy slides into a wicked drug addiction, as well as legal problems, his mother reaches the end of her tether and has her son admitted to an adolescent hospital designed to force him into confronting his issues. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's just horrible stuff."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Though the script and storytelling could have used more polish, Lapica's honesty provides the lasting impression."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"There are nice touches, particularly in Venora's performance and Timothy Kendall's editing, but the film's maudlin edge illustrates the dangers of directing your own material."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Heartfelt it clearly is. Disciplined and focused on what's truly intriguing about the story, not so much."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"This is a movie with a disturbing story to tell, but it promises more for the future of its first-time director, writer and star, Monty Lapica, than it really delivers for a viewer. The picture over-punches its message and ultimately grows tiresome."
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"It's a personal story that feels like it's been constructed from other movies."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Lapica's lack of distance from his story is both the film's strength and its weakness."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Monty Lapica's Self-Medicated is a powerful, personal piece of independent filmmaking"
‑ Jim Hemphill,
"It's a precocious performance, although one with melodramatic moments that prevent Lapica from entirely dispelling the specter of vanity self-casting."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"Suffers from one serious flaw, the otherwise talented director's choice of himself to star in the picture. Now 24, he's simply a little long in the tooth to try to pass for a teenager."
‑ Kam Williams,
"It's just a little too simplistic and not a very compelling story."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"A more seasoned writer would steer clear of false, assembly-line contrivances."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"As it stands, the film is more often self-absorbed than self-aware."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Even when it is inelegant, Self-Medicated is a compelling small-scale drama, and Lapica is a talent to watch."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
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