SelfCareSunday for Sober People: Sunday Matinee Edition
Happy Recovery Movie Matinee Day Sober People!
It’s winter and the weather makes it a lot less fun to be outside. The good news? That just means more time to curl up with a blanket and watch movies! Here are a few of our favorite recovery-themed, inspirational movies.
Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine are brilliant, funny and a little heart-wrenching in this adaptation of Carrie Fisher’s memoir about addiction and recovery. A beautiful portrayal of mother-daughter relationships, life in early sobriety and the gritty reality of life in Hollywood. Equal parts funny, real AF and true delight: this is one of our all-time-favorites.
Full disclosure: this adaption of the Jim Carroll book of the same name takes some liberties with its source material. In some ways, Carroll glamorized his years of drug use and low-bottom-living. The result is a movie that is both chilling and beautiful about a young athlete who descends into heroin addiction. The combination of Carroll’s prose (woven deftly into the screenplay) and a baby-faced DiCaprio is sheer genius and well worth a watch. Bonus points for a young Mark Walhberg fresh off his stint with the Funky Bunch.
Will Ferrell brings a darker, more dry humor to a movie about a man hitting bottom. Billed as a comedy this movie is more of a drama with some well-earned laughs woven in to keep the mood from getting too dark. Poignant, lovely and chock full of reminders of what it’s like to reach the jumping off point: this film will ultimately leave you with a heavy dose of gratitude and newfound respect for Ferrell’s drama chops.
Michael Keaton brings heart and humor to his portrayal of a successful businessman whose world crumbles due to cocaine addiction. In an attempt to escape some legal and professional consequences Keaton checks in to rehab. Come for the 80-era, vintage Keaton, stay for the honest and inspiring look at life clear and sober.
Not to be confused with the equally good, but vastly different 28 Days LATER…this is old school Sandra Bullock doing what she does best. Bullock brings her charm and authenticity to the role of a hard-working, hard-partying professional who checks into rehab after ruining her sister’s wedding. Kudos to this movie for avoiding the grim stereotypes of rehab to portray it more like what it is: a complex experience filled with life changing people and ideas. This is OG Bullock at her clear-eyed, plucky best.