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As played by Bullock, Gwen is an alcoholic in denial whose latest bender with boozer boyfriend Jasper (Dominic West) ruins the wedding of her sister (Elizabeth Perkins) and lands her in a month-long rehab program with the requisite gang of struggling drunks and junkies. Newcomer Alan Tudyk steals his scenes as a gay German rehabber who might've dropped in from a Berlin performance-art exhibit, and Steve Buscemi aptly conveys the weary commitment of a counsellor who's seen it all. Thomas has surrounded Bullock with a sharp ensemble, and the addition of singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III (as a kind of Greek chorus crooner) is sublimely inspired. Certainly no surprises here--the warring sisters will reconcile, and at least one rehabber will fail to recover--but there's ample pleasure to be found in Bullock's finely tuned performance, and in Thomas's inclusion of flashbacks and tangents that add depth and laughter in just the right dosage. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
Not quite sure if it is a comedy or a serious film about alcohol rehabilitation. Sandra Bullock is, as always worth watching.Published 3 months ago by Mr M.
This film was not my usual choice but I ordered it because of Viggo Mortensen and Domenic West, what a waste! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Trionon
Brilliant ! Brings to life the havoc of addiction and also the hope of recovery . Definately one to watch if you are in a 12 Step fellowship or think that you ought to be .Published 5 months ago by woody
This film is pretty bad. When a soap opera, Santa Cruz, shown within the film is better than the actual film well you know that you have a stinker on your hands. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kim Fowley
I'd been recommended this and expected it to be melodramatic slush in the vein of when a man loves a woman , it was much better. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ms J Manston