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
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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