Release Date: March 2nd, 2007 (Quad Cinema) by Outcast Films.
Directed by Jay Corcoran.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about seven gay men who struggle with crystal meth addiction.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Rock Bottom follows seven crystal meth addicts over the course of two years. Mildly fascinating interviews with both young and old gay addicts, namely, CJ, Gio, Mark, Eric, Scott, Raymond and J, make it clear that crystal meth is a serious problem in the gay community. Addiction to crystal meth has social, sexual, psychological, physical and even financial impacts on their lives, which is not surprising. When the men take the drug, which they can easily find in the underground club scene, it increases their sexual urges— they regularly have anonymous sex just so they can get high and have sex. In turn, they increase the risk of STDs such as HIV. Director Jay Corcoran also includes some footage of their recovery toward the end, but not enough to make it clear precisely how they managed to get off the drug. It would have been more interesting to follow one or two men and to get to know them on a much more personal basis, especially given the brief running time of 1 hour.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Although director Jay Corcoran does interview some experts to find out the socio-psychological causes of the drug, he doesn’t go deep enough within the addicts’ lives to find out what led them astray. How were they brought up during their childhood? Concoran also fails to address the history of how the drug came on the market to begin with and what is currently being done or should be done to decrease its use and abuse—other than to simply stop taking it.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Not enough in-depth, personal interviews.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 2
IN A NUTSHELL: Mildly fascinating, but not surprising or insightful enough.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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