Rob Reiner’s latest movie is a departure from his typically light and funny repertoire. The Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated director, whose portfolio includes classics like The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally, digs into addiction with his latest release, Being Charlie.
Being Charlie: A young addict’s story
Being Charlie is a dramatic film about 18-year-old drug addict, Charlie Mills (played by Nick Robinson). The film chronicles Charlie’s struggles with drug addiction, multiple visits to (and a break-out of) rehab, and an emotionally strained relationship with his father (played by Cary Elwes), a former actor who is trying to run for governor of California.
The movie has been called “poignant,” and “important,” and in the wake of the heroin epidemic across the country, it is undoubtedly relevant.
An introspective story
The film was co-written by Rob Reiner’s son, Nick. Together with friend and fellow addict Matt Elisofon (whom he met in rehab), Nick penned Being Charlie as an emotional story with personal roots.
In an interview with People magazine, Nick explained that while the movie wasn’t based on actual events in his life, it was certainly inspired by them.
“It’s not my life,” Reiner told People. “[But] I went to a lot of these places, so I had a lot of these stories.”
At one point in the film, Charlie is faced with homelessness as a result of leaving rehab. It was a situation Nick Reiner knew all too well. “I was homeless in Maine. When I was homeless in New Jersey. When I was homeless in Texas. I spent nights on the street. And when I spent weeks on the street. It was not fun.”
The older Reiner produced and directed the movie, but credits his son for the passion he brought to it. In an interview with NPR, Rob called Nick “the heart and soul of the film.”
Understanding addiction… And recovery
Being Charlie is not a glamorous tale or a Hollywood feel-good story. It’s about an unlikeable spoiled kid who does and says awful things. It’s about struggle and pain, and an inability to cope. And it truthfully portrays that that is what addiction is about: awful things, struggle and pain.
But that’s not what recovery is about. It’s not what sobriety is about. Recovery is about rising above those things. Escaping the cyclical hell of addiction is only the beginning of recovery. In sobriety, addicts find clarity, hope, and even happiness that had long been marred by the darkness of addiction.
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