Release date:December 6, 2019
Screenwriters:Sam Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Starring:Billy Bob Thornton, Charlie Hunnam, Carla Juri, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Based on James Frey’s book “A Million Little Pieces.” By the time he entered a drug and alcohol treatment facility, James Frey had taken his addictions to near-deadly extremes. He had so thoroughly ravaged his body that the facility’s doctors were shocked he was still alive. The ensuing torments of detoxification and withdrawal, and the never-ending urge to use chemicals, are captured with a vitality and directness that recalls the seminal eye-opening power of William S. Burroughs’ Junky. Inside the clinic, James is surrounded by patients as troubled as he is — including a judge, a mobster, a one-time world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute to whom he is not allowed to speak, but their friendship and advice strikes James as stronger and truer than the clinics droning dogma of “How to Recover.” James refuses to consider himself a victim of anything but his own bad decisions, and insists on accepting sole accountability for the person he has been and the person he may become–which runs directly counter to his counselors’ recipes for recovery.