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Self Medicated

Corny rehab clinic conventions
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 29, 2007
1.5 1.5 Stars
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SELF MEDICATED: Monty Lapica turns his autobiography into corny conventions.

Seventeen-year-old Drew (Monty Lapica) is so smart and talented, why does he screw up? Well, his revered dad just died, his mom (Diane Venora) pops pills, and his high-school teachers are so dumb, no wonder he snoozes. To fill the void, he and his no-good friends party hard, get drunk, smoke dope, and drive around their home town of Las Vegas shooting rubes with paint guns and pulling other lawbreaking pranks. One day, his mom stirs out of a stupor long enough to commit Drew to a rehab clinic, and he’s kidnapped in the middle of the night by goons and whisked to a facility that’s a cross between a CIA secret prison and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But it takes the angelic counsel of a homeless guy named Gabe and the tough love of a good woman for Drew to become, well, Monty Lapica, writer, director, and star of this aptly titled autobiographical movie. Too bad he didn’t hold onto some of that youthful rebelliousness and resist succumbing to corny conventions.
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