Permanent Midnight

Permanent Midnight

1998 • R • Biography, Drama, Romance

Ben Stiller is a comedy writer addicted to heroin.

WHY WE PICKED IT: This unapologetic, intentionally unsettling story avoids addiction tropes thanks to its scorching sense of humor.

Successful television writer Jerry Stahl once had a coveted job on a hit Hollywood sitcom – and a pesky $6000 a week heroin habit. Now approaching the end of a detox program, Stahl shacks up in a hotel room with fellow survivor Kitty and recounts his smack-filled fall from grace, a graphic descent that included marrying a producer for money (and a green card), taking his infant daughter along on drug runs, and shooting up during TV script conferences. Based on real life writer Stahl’s autobiography.

DIRECTOR: David Veloz

CAST: Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, Jay Paulson, Owen Wilson, Elizabeth Hurley

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Permanent Midnight
  • Permanent Midnight

    1998 • R • Biography, Drama, Romance

    Ben Stiller is a comedy writer addicted to heroin.

    WHY WE PICKED IT: This unapologetic, intentionally unsettling story avoids addiction tropes thanks to its scorching sense of humor.

    Successful television writer Jerry Stahl once had a coveted job on ...