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I'M STILL HERE is a striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, I'M STILL HERE follows the Oscar-nominee as he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop musician. Sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, and always riveting, the film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.
Documentary Musical - This is a documentary (if you believe it) account of actor Joaquin
Phoenix's retirement from acting and pursuit of a rap career. The
film is aimed at adult moviegoers and fans of Phoenix though they may
be disturbed by his behavior in the film. Sex, nonstop profanity, and
constant drug use make the film inappropriate for kids.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, 5 SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity; non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Brief fighting. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Nonstop tobacco; some cocaine and marijuana. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic situations and lines; dark humor; drug humor; toilet humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Good a sad and painful documentary that serves little useful purpose other than to pound another nail into the coffin. Here is a gifted actor who apparently by his own decision has brought desolation upon his head.
USA TodayFull Review Poor It's really not much fun — in fact it's painful — to watch an actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It almost doesn't matter if the psyche in question is imploding artificially — as in staged — or organically. It's just so unpleasant to watch two hours of unrelenting bad behavior and grandiose delusions
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