Gridlock'd (1997)

This gritty urban comedy focuses on three heroin addicts, one of whom must be rushed to a hospital after an overdose. As the condition of Cookie remains to be foretold, the other two try desperately to get into a rehabilitation clinic but… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 31, 1997
DVD Release Date: December 10, 1997
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

An engaging look at a mangy day in the lives of two junkies trying to kick, Gridlock'd would have been a good mid-level B.O. performer even without the interest surrounding it, due to the recent death of co-star Tupac Shakur.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The movie's appeal lies largely in its capacity for surprise, riffing off tired characters and pooped genres to produce, intermittently at least, a fresh new tone. Call it junkie humour.

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A dark, effective satire about drug addiction that offers laughs as well as savage criticism of the US approach to dealing with users.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The film has a fairly uninteresting narrative motor in its thriller subplot, but hits on an edgy black comic tone for Stretch and Spoon's increasingly pained dealings with the unsympathetic representatives of authority.

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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

Cast against type as the gentler of two musician junkies trying to burrow through the bureaucracy to enter a rehab clinic in Detroit, Shakur has the relaxed screen presence of a young Wesley Snipes and plays perfectly off the delirious Tim Roth.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

While not entirely successful, there's enough humor and humanism amid gritty urban locations to recommend Gridlock'd.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

The film seems so fresh it's almost possible to forget that it is a fraud in its description of the culture of hard drugs.

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James Berardinelli

Gridlock'd is refreshing because it's different. The subject matter isn't new, but the approach and tone are.

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Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle

The late Shakur is especially impressive as the brighter of the duo -- a frazzled but infinitely patient character with a touching faith that somehow, if the pair just keeps plugging away, everything will turn out okay.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
I found this quite a bleak depressing film with moments of humour, true its a dark comedy and a satirical look at the bureaucracy and needless paperwork that… More
Jani H
Saw this one in a film festival and loved it. Tim Roth has always been great but Tupac Shakur suprised me with a fantastic performance. Junkie films are my… More
Film Crazy
I love this movie, its extremely entertainly. Its a laugh a minute and you can just fall in love with all the characters! Tupak and Roth are fantastic and have… More
EightThirty .
Tupac is Great ^_^
danny d
an excellent film about friendship and the abuses of heroin. tupac puts forth probably the one truly noteworthy performance of his acting career and tim roth… More
Dean King
A very funny dark comedy/buddy film.