Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black, Mark Webber, Carrie Brownstein, Beth Ditto, Kim Gordon
Bio-drama directed and written by Gus Van Sant which centers on John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who has a lust for life, a knack for off-color jokes, and a drinking problem. He nearly loses his life in a car accident and wakes up to the reality of being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. But when he reluctantly enters treatment , with encouragement from his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Jonah Hill), Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent newspaper cartoons that develop a national following and grant him a new lease on life
Donnie: So, John, do you want to tell us about your drinking?
John Callahan: Well I started drinking when I was thirteen. I liked it a lot and I never stopped.
John Callahan: The last day that I walked I woke up without a hangover. I knew I had an hour or so of grace before the withdrawal symptoms set in. And that was it. Dexter had mistaken a lightpole for an exit and slammed into it at ninety miles an hour.
Annu: How are things going here, John?
John Callahan: I can’t move.
Annu: Yeah, it doesn’t sound like it’s going too well.
Donnie: I’m Donnie, and I’m an alcoholic.
AA Audience: Hi, Donnie.
Donnie: May day has been pretty good, until I came in here and saw all of you.
Donnie: [to John] Maybe you were weak so you could become strong.
Donnie: [to John] This doesn’t just go away, you have to fight with it or you’ll die.
John Callahan: Something really profound just happened to me, man.
Reba: Aren’t you glad you met us?
Donnie: John doesn’t like us.
John Callahan: Well, of course I like you. You’re crazy.
Donnie: We like you too.
John Callahan: Wait till you get to know me.
[referring to his drawings]
Annu: That’s really funny. It’s you.
John Callahan: I draw these for a living, but then people get mad at me because of the subject matter.
Donnie: We all have laid in our non-sober period somewhat chaotic lives.
Annu: [to John] You’re a very special person.
Donnie: You’re such a pain in the ass, John.
Reba: You’re right on schedule, sweetheart, and I’m glad you’re here.
[to the two people walking past him]
John Callahan: Hey, it’s a fellow artist. Check this out. I’m not trying to sell you anything. I just want you to look at…
[the people quickly walk off]
John Callahan: They published my cartoon, you… !
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