The Basketball Diaries is a story of the harsh realities of drug addiction and the ease in which occasional drug use turns into a daily must. The main character, Jimmy Carroll (DiCaprio) was a promising basketball player and through his constant diary writings he showed us he was an deep thinker. At first drugs were just for sex and parties but soon it was affecting his basketball and home life. Jimmy and his mates soon turned to serious crime and quickly became desperate junkies. Throughout this Jimmy keeps writing in his diary and this gives us a thorough view of his thoughts. Eventually Jimmy gets sent to jail and this helps him clean up and start afresh, but it is easy to tell that Jimmy is one of the lucky few who make it out of the vicious drug cycle.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Jarrad Heal
This 1995 film portrays the highly autobiographical novel by Jim Carroll about his free fall from great promise as a high school basketball player into the harrowing world of drug addiction. Partly to escape their rotten surroundings (a best friend dying of leukemia, a perverted and molesting coach), the boys turn to stealing, robbery, and prostituting themselves in order to get heroin. DiCaprio does a solid acting job as Carroll, and though the story is pretty graphic, it remains a fairly pedestrian effort with a truncated and unconvincing conclusion. Juliette Lewis disgraces herself in a small role as a reformed drug addict and prostitute.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus