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Basketball Diaries (1995)

1 rating: 4.0
Sports movie directed by Scott Kalvert

The pre-TitanicLeonardo DiCaprio stars as Jim Carroll, the poet and musician who spent much of his adolescence addicted to heroin and shooting hoops with fellow Catholic high school kids. As a biography, the film doesn't amount to more than the sum … see full wiki

Director: Scott Kalvert
1 review about Basketball Diaries (1995)

Good In Spite Of The Sleazy Overtones

  • Sep 28, 2002
Rating:
+4
Stories about drug addicts are usually not my bag. See my review on Easy Ryder. However, the acting packed scenes and the fast paced nature of Basketball Diaries, make it an entertaining study. Leo DiCaprio is very compelling in his role as a basketball star turned junkie as you can really feel his traumas. Mark Walhberg plays a good foil for Leo as his thug partner. Bruno Kirby is his usual steady self as the basketball coach.

Many of the scenes are not too pleasing with drug addicts rolling around looking for their next fix. In addition, the rampid theivery and misbehavior by Jim and his thug like friends is a bit overdone. Its a wonder how children with Catholic School upbringings turn out so misguided. However, Jim eventualy finds himself with poetry and eventually picks himself up. But not without hitting rock bottom first.

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