Jazz musicians -- and heroin addicts -- Spoon Tupac Shakur and Stretch Tim Roth decide to get clean after their friend and bandmate Cookie Thandie Newton overdoses when she tries heroin for the first time. In movies about stupid bureaucracies, the heroes inevitably blow up and start screaming at the functionaries behind the counters. Maybe Hall, aiming for a wider audience, hedged his bets by putting in scenes where the heroes, the drug dealers and the cops chase one another on foot and in cars around downtown Detroit. Still, maybe Hall made the smart bet, by positioning this story halfway between real life and a crime comedy. Too bad Tupac couldn't be there. As they attempt to enter a detoxification program, however, they encounter a series of bureaucratic roadblocks. They circle endlessly through a series of Detroit social-welfare agencies that could have been designed by Kafka: They find they can't get medicards without being on welfare, can't get into detox without filling out forms and waiting 10 days, can't get into a rehab center because it's for alkies only, can't get the right forms because an office has moved, can't turn in the forms because an office is about to close.
The movie isn't as powerful as it could have been, but it's probably more fun: This is basically a comedy, even if sometimes you ask yourself why you're laughing. As they attempt to enter a detoxification program, however, they encounter a series of bureaucratic roadblocks. That's especially true in a scene that moviegoers will be quoting for years. Worse, they are being hunted by both the police and drug dealers. Hall's script wickedly turns the tables: The clerks shout at Spoon and Stretch. If this movie reflects real life in Detroit, it's as if the city deliberately plots to keep addicts away from help. Struggling with withdrawal, Spoon and Stretch reflect on the moments that led up to their predicament.
When Spoon screams at her, she screams back in a monologue that expresses all of her exhaustion and frustration. . Or when they're almost nabbed for a murder they didn't commit. Advertisement Much better are the moments when the two friends sit, exhausted, under a mural of the great outdoors and talk about how they simply lack the energy to keep on using drugs. While Cookie hovers in critical condition, Spoon and Stretch spend a very long day trying to find a rehab program for themselves.
Cast: , , , , , , , Director: Genres: Production Co: Dragon Pictures, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Keywords: , , , ,. Struggling with withdrawal, Spoon and Stretch reflect on the moments that led up to their predicament. By the time a guy is trying to help his friend by stabbing him, we understand well enough what drugs will lead you to. Spoon, desperate to get into an emergency room and begin detox, persuades Stretch to stab him. Advertisement The heart of the movie is their banter, the grungy dialogue that puts an ironic spin on their anger and fear. The world of these streets and tenements and hospitals and alleys is strung out and despairing, and the human comedy redeems it. Jazz musicians, and heroin addicts: Spoon and Stretch decide to get clean after their friend and bandmate Cookie overdoses when she tries heroin for the first time.
Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police. The three of them have a jazz trio. But for me it was like going to the moon. Tim Roth is a natural actor, relaxed in his roles, with a kind of quixotic bemusement at life's absurdities. Ironically, she's the clean liver, always eating veggieburgers and preaching against smoking. This is grim material, but surprisingly entertaining, and it is more cause to mourn the recent death of Shakur, who gives his best performance as Spoon, a musician who wants to get off drugs.
Those scenes aren't plausible and they're not about anything. Worse, they are being hunted by both the police and drug dealers. Spoon and his friend Stretch Roth arrive at this decision after rushing Spoon's girlfriend Cookie to an emergency room, comatose after a drug overdose. After five, 10 years, you decide this is the day, and the world stops for you? The daylong duel with the drug dealers and the encounters with suspicious cops work like comic punctuation. Everybody else was throwin' up. In between is the real life of the movie: the friendship of the two men and their quest to get into rehab.
Shakur, the hip-hop star turned actor, matches that and adds an earnestness: In their friendship, Spoon is the leader and thinker, and Stretch is the sidekick who will go along with whatever's suggested. . . . . .
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