My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Basketball Diaries


(out of 5)

Jim Carroll’s autobiographical account of his days as a delinquent youth has been translated into an unenjoyable film experience. Carroll (played here by ) is a student at a Catholic high school with a particular aptitude for writing poetry. He spends most of his days getting high with his friends, avoiding the predatory advances of his sexually frustrated gym teacher (), and terrorizing his mother () for drug money. DiCaprio is compelling and further proves his high standards in choosing challenging screen roles, but this movie seems particularly intent on being unpleasant in a forced and unnatural manner and because of this is too patronizing to be informative or powerful. There must have been some light at the end of the tunnel that encouraged Carroll to get clean and concentrate his efforts on something as positive as successful writing, but you wouldn’t know it from watching this movie. Look for  making an impressive film debut as one of DiCaprio’s renegade buddies.

New Line Cinema, Island Pictures

USA, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: