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American Meth
American Meth
Actor: Val Kilmer
Director: Justin Hunt
Genres: Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 15min

American Meth is more than a movie, it's a movement. Not only does it explore the devastation this drug is unleashing on America, it looks at how it dismatles an American family. More importantly, American Meth plants a se...  more »

     
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Actor: Val Kilmer
Director: Justin Hunt
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Crime & Conspiracy
Studio: Rivercoast
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 02/26/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2007
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

This is another ingredient I like!
Marian M. Matsunaga | sequim,WA | 05/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

""American Meth" Might just open some eyes that were totally oblivious to the problem this country has, regarding this VERY dangerous "drug", and it's effects, not just to the user, but on society, as well. There are interviews of "former" Meth users, in states that one would not associate with this sort of thing. From Montana and Wyoming, to Utah. The cities these people live in, are more aptly referred to as "Towns"! Not the first place one would look, to see the epidemic.

We are introduced to some "former" users, and their viewpoint on their progress to kick the drug. A question is asked of them, about the current Anti-Meth Campaigns being put forth by the respective states, if they are effective. The answer is NO.

Then we see interviews of Law Enforcement Officials, Social Workers and City Leaders, with their views on how to eradicate Meth from Society. There is one Deputy, in Multnomah County, Oregon, who has erected a site online, that one can see the physical effects of Meth. This drug has everything one could look for, if they want to look 40 years older than they actually are!! It's a sobering view of the damage this drug causes. The Website is: facesofmeth.us

Then we are privy, somewhat, to the private lives of James and Holly, Husband and Wife Meth users, with four youngsters, living on the fringes, because of their habit, and the bad decisions made, because of it. As another reviewer states, this segment begins to look like a "Reality Show", because the segment is so heavily edited. We do, however, get to see Holly going door to door, bumming money, to buy the drug, then the immediate effects of the drug, in front of her family! These two WANT to get off Meth, but do not possess the personal fortitude to do so, so they make the decision to move back to Illinois, where they came from.

There is a ray of hope, at the conclusion of the film, as we are given updates on all the people that were interviewed. They so far, have remained clean. James and Holly, likewise, reached Illinois, and among family and friends, have been clean, and are resuming the lives that Meth put on hold, for so long.

The film challenges Leaders, of Town, City and State, to find ways of educating the young, on the destructive nature of this drug, which is 40 times stronger than Heroin, and has a microscopic recovery rate, when compared to Heroin recovery, BEFORE they take the drug, as was seen in those interviews. ONE HIT is enough to keep one addicted! It also challenges parents, to be involved in their children's lives, and provide a foil, against drug use.

A very informative documentary on the epidemic of the modern age."
Ingredients: Drano, Ammonia, Batteries: Do Not Try This Drug
Aaron Gutsell | Clementon, NJ | 04/03/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A first-time film-maker gets the benefit of the doubt for what is ultimately a very well intentioned and necessary documentary narrated by Val Kilmer. "American Meth" moves along smoothly in the beginning and takes in a fair cross-section of America, interviewing both addicts, law enforcement, and others who clean up or otherwise try to alleviate the mess. Justin Hunt's documentary explains the history of its subject drug, names those who invented and refined it, and provides snippets like the fact that Hitler was a regular user. There is also an outstanding rundown of meth ingredients that many people will have never heard of, including lithium batteries and lightbulbs! Unfortunately the narrative hits a wall in the form of James and Holly, two excuse-making addicts, and the show devolves into reality tv that strongly resembles "Big Brother" shot in a double-wide. Unfortunately there are four children involved, with all of the males sporting outrageous mullets, and much yelling and waving of arms is awkwardly subtitled as a way of explaining each argument and counteraccusation. This was the STOP button for me. Threaded throughout the documentary and available separately is an excellent soundtrack, a redeeming feature that you can take with you. Documentarian Justin Hunt will learn from his first venture, and will be back in the future with greater things."
Preachy and repetitive
Bradley F. Smith | Miami Beach, FL | 06/11/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"A cast of meth addicts, law enforcement types and community treatment activists preach against the toll taken by meth. The message is repeated over and over, replete with gross-out closeups of the rotting teeth and pitted skin developed by the hard core meth addict. I'm not sure what the point of this film was, other than to be yet another anti-drug screed. I found it tiresome and ejected before the finish."
Watch Out East Coast! Meth is Coming!
Riley Wade Haggard | Seattle, WA | 05/31/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The film does not ostracize and stigmatize meth addicts. Instead it displays meth as the menace next door, infiltrating and destroying small-town rural America. An epidemic reaching your neighbor, brother, uncle, or cousin. American Meth also examines the many sides and people involved in the struggle against the drug: the justice system, the addicts ("tweakers"), families, human service workers, politicians, etc.

I wish they would have spent more time on the history of Meth, improved the sound and music quality of the film, and omitted many of the redundant interviews. Overall, I appreciate Hunt's observation of our country's Meth dilemma, especially since it is a drug that has had a pernicious impact on many of our communities in Washington state."