Chronic Town

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  • NR
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 6.9  (131)

Chronic Town is a character-driven drama that follows three college graduates who find themselves struggling to make ends meet while living in the real world. The movie takes place in a small town in upstate New York, where the young adults work dead-end jobs and deal with personal struggles. The protagonist, Keith (JR Bourne), is a recent college graduate who works at a convenience store and is struggling to adjust to life after college. Keith is intelligent but aimless and struggles to find his place in the world. He spends most of his time smoking weed and hanging out with his best friend, Danny (Dan Lorge), a recovering drug addict. The two have a deep connection but their friendship is tested when Danny relapses.

Emily (Emily Wagner) is the second protagonist and Keith's ex-girlfriend from college. Emily is trying to make a life for herself as a painter but is struggling to find success. She works as a waitress at a diner and is barely scraping by. Her complicated relationship with Keith is further complicated when she begins dating a new guy, Mike (Christopher Ashe). Mike is everything Keith is not; successful, driven, and extremely confident.

The third protagonist, Samantha (Carrie Baker), is Keith's neighbor who works as a stripper to pay her rent. She is addicted to drugs and is in a destructive relationship with her abusive boyfriend, Chris (Harry Chase). Samantha represents the darker side of the town and her storyline is a stark contrast to the struggles of Keith and Emily.

As the movie progresses, the characters face a series of challenges that force them to confront their personal demons. Danny's addiction spirals out of control, Emily struggles with her art career, Mike's confidence is tested, and Samantha's relationship with Chris becomes increasingly dangerous.

Chronic Town is a character-driven drama that explores the complexities of small-town life and the struggles of young adults trying to make a life for themselves. The movie is very well-written and the characters are well-developed, allowing the audience to become invested in their stories. The acting is superb, particularly JR Bourne and Emily Wagner, who both deliver emotionally charged performances.

The cinematography is also excellent, capturing the gritty, small town atmosphere perfectly. The movie's soundtrack is also noteworthy, featuring a mix of indie rock and electronic music that underscores the film's indie sensibilities.

Overall, Chronic Town is a must-see movie for fans of character-driven dramas. It offers a poignant look at small-town life and the struggles of young adults trying to find their way in the world. The film is thought-provoking, emotional, and ultimately uplifting, making it one of the best indie movies of the last decade.

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    1 hr 39 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (131)