Thoughts on The Basketball Diaries

Thursday, July 15, 2010 6:47 PM By Simon

-This is the funniest movie ever.

-Seriously, the dialogue is so corny, the sensationalist approach to the whole addiction thing is literally hysterical, Marky Mark puts on his Angry Face, someone actually says "I can't watch you do this to youselfs!"

-Leonardo DiCaprio, no matter how many times he shoots up and mugs old ladies and beats up rival basketball teams, he is still Leonardo DiCaprio, hairless boy wonder, he of permanent baby face and manicured pinky toe. He is somewhat decent here, for all the suspension of disbelief, especially in this scene where he begs his mom for money from the other side of her door. So yeah.

-Jim Carrol, the real one, shows up relaying some drug-related/addled tale in a junkie den somewhere near the middle. I knew this right away. It's exactly the place and circumstances where the real guy being portrayed shows up to tell some real a-tellins', a spotlight that's too bright to just be for atmosphere.

-Oh, everyone...


SugaryCynic said...

leo is so much better now that he can grow a beard and doesn't look like an adorable orphan boy. it's much easier to take him seriously.

July 15, 2010 at 8:31 PM
Rob said...

I read the book as a teenager, and being absolutely unable to picture zLeo as Jim, I didn't bother. Should I 'uve?

July 16, 2010 at 9:08 PM
Simon said...

Sugary: Well, he does that have furrowed-brow-means-I'm-angry thing going, so...

Rob: If 'uve' means bother, couldn't hurt. At worst, it's hilariously narmtastic.

July 16, 2010 at 9:13 PM