The last day Portland slacker John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix) is able to walk, he wakes up without a hangover—because he’s still drunk from the night before. That night at a wild party he meets a wisecracking drinking buddy (Jack Black), who insists they leave for an even better party he knows about.
“A life-affirming, sweet-and-sour concoction that’s one of Gus Van Sant’s best.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
But when his new friend dozes off at the wheel, John wakes up confined to a wheelchair with only partial use of his arms. Though he initially has no intention of getting sober, he reluctantly attends a 12-step meeting run by a charismatic and dedicated sponsor named Donnie (Jonah Hill) and reconnects with Annu (Rooney Mara), a therapist he met at the hospital. With their encouragement, John finds that love is not beyond his reach and discovers a hidden talent for drawing, channeling his playful personality into crude, politically incorrect—and often hilarious—cartoons, which develop a national following. Based on a true story, this poignant, insightful, funny drama about redemption, forgiveness and the healing power of art is adapted from Callahan’s autobiography and directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting). (Dir. by Gus Van Sant, 2018, USA, 113 mins., Rated PG-13)
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