Although added to the shopping basket the purchase of this film was aborted. Why? It is a gem, and there is no question of Keaton's formidable talent. He's at his edgy best in this film, equal to his role as Carter Hayes in Pacific Heights, but like that film, his performance is compromised by a meandering screenplay. As the protagonist in Clean and Sober, Keaton's character is a desperate and opportunistic yuppie drug addict who inadvertently ends up on the road to recovery and abstinence. It is possible to accept that, but a love story seems clumsily grafted onto a film that in the end tries to accomplish too much. Instead of savouring the moments of genuine brilliance (like the closing monologue) there are some laugh aloud, and cringeworthy ones. The former work owing to Keaton's range, but the latter forced a reluctant click on the delete button. Having said that, if the opportunity arises, this movie is compulsory viewing. Morgan Freeman appears in a literal supporting role as a rehab caseworker, and he's a dependable foil in that part. In fact, it is the appropriately understated roles that add gravitas at critical junctures. It may not have aged well, but few offerings from the 1980s will. One to rent, if you can.