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