Addicted to Her Love
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At a graduation party, Jonah Brand catches the eye of the popular and beautiful Sara Weller. When her hard-partying circle of friends learns Johan works at a pharmacy they welcome him into their group and lure him down a dark path of lies, deceit and larceny. Starring Daryl Hannah, Lizzy Caplan and D.J. Cotrona.
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It's ironic that the only character with a loving parent felt the most alone. He also had depth (choice of his reading material) and a job. The privileged kids were cool and seemingly had everything. These young adults had no jobs, threw parties at their parent's houses and drove BMWs. They hung at parties that most 18 year-olds aren't invited to. I have little doubt that such parties occur but the film's setting is only a reality if you grew up in stereotyped Beverly Hills with stereotyped wealthy detached parents. The underprivileged but loved kid is ostracized by the wealthy cool kids but somehow gets his foot in the door with the in-crowd. He resents his loving mother and makes poor choices. I've seen it before.
In my experience "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "Train Spotting" are closer to reality for most. Then again, I may be showing my age with such a comment.
It is definitely a movie that has a low-budget independent feel to it, despite the presence of Daryl Hannah as Jonah's mother, and Lizzy Caplan who is more well known now due to her role in Masters of Sex. The writing and acting were good for what the movie was, and all the actors and the characters they played were believable in their roles. That said, liking any movie such as this will be very subjective so I cannot say it is going to appeal to everyone.
For bonus features there is not a lot. There is a commentary track on the film with the director and the actor who played Jonah. There is a 12 minute making of feature, the trailer and a photo gallery. Not a ton of material, but about what you would expect for the DVD release of an low-budget film.
Although Jonah's social status in school falls considerably short of the popular ranking, he has had his eye on Sara, a girl from the "in group," since freshman year of high school. Opportunistic motives impel Sara, her boyfriend, Troy, and the rest of their cliche to include Jonah, if only superficially, in their racy world which Jonah, likewise, uses to his advantage in pursuing Sara. As his involvement with Sara's friends evolves so does his determination to have Sara for himself, despite her relationship with Troy. One particular incident of cataclysmic proportion ushers in a sub-plot that serves as a platform for the movie.
Although a couple of the peripheral characters might benefit from some elocution lessons to remedy their nearly inaudible mumble-speak, the film's two main stars deliver outstanding performances. Lizzy Caplan (Sara), who resembles Sarah Jessica Parker as a girl, possesses stunning beauty and deep, soulful facial expressions that communicate wordlessly. John Patrick Amedori, best known for his role on TV's "Gossip Girl," shines in his sympathetic portrayal of a vulnerable person unraveling within the emotional maelstrom of obsessive love.