This is the story of the rise and fall of George Jung played by Johnny Depp.
It follows him on his quest to make a different life for himself than he knew in childhood. Where his father (Ray Liotta) was an honest, hard working family man with a troubled marriage and little money.
When he moves to California with a friend they decide to make some extra cash by selling weed on the beach. Before long they are involved with Derek Foreal (played by Paul Reubens - remember Pee Wee Herman?) and flying to Columbia to buy cocaine direct from the producer and fly it back to America.
At the height of his success he has the American cocaine market pretty much sewn up, a beautiful wife, a big house, a collection of fast cars and a lot of cash. But as the saying goes, crime doesn't pay, and you know this can't last. When things start to go bad they go really bad, partners double-cross him, the money is gone and his marriage is over. Soon enough all he has left is the love of his daughter, but can he even keep that?
Johnny Depp is excellent in this role and you can share his excitement as the deals grow bigger and bigger and the money rolls in, as well as his sadness as things go downhill. The supporting performances from Ray Liotta and Paul Foreal are also very good. The film is accompanied by a great soundtrack, and despite it's length it never feels dragged out.
If you liked Almost Famous you will like this film, both bring you on a trip of emotional highs and lows of a true life story.