Too melodramatic and unrealistic to be taken seriously
Nov 5, 2008
Drunks is basically the story of Jim, an alcoholic who after being forced into giving a speech at AA on a "bad day", runs amok through his old neighborhood drinking and bringing up his traumatic past. Interspersed between Jim's episodes are all the confessions of the AA group he walked out on.
What this seemingly unending monologue turns out to be is a clutch of unrealistic and melodramatic confessions from various members of the group. While they try to explain that there are all different levels of recovery involved in the meeting, everyone "spills" like a newcomer.
The movie lacks both drama and some much needed comedic relief. The script is too scripted and sculptured, and winds out sounding like a recital rather than a spontaneous story of alcoholism, recovery, or falling off the wagon.
The cast is stellar, with Faye Dunaway, Calista Flockhart, Amanda Plummer, Dianne Wiest, Spalding Gray, Richard Lewis, Anna Levine, and many others. The performances are fine, it's the script and presentation that's weak. I don't recommend this movie if you're a fan of addiction stories, it just can't quite reach the soul.