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The story of Texas electrician Ron Woodroof and his battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies after being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986, and his search for alternative treatments that helped established a way in which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies.
Drama - This '80s-set drama about the AIDS crisis is a big acting showcase
for star Matthew McConaughey and co-star Jared Leto. Jennifer
Garner's role is more secondary. Constant language, sexual content,
nudity, drugs, and gay themes make the film strictly for adults.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; 21 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: A number of sex scenes with related nudity, including brief gay scenes. VIOLENCE: Hits, falls, some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Comic lines, often darkly so, often sex-related.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 48 moviegoers:
The male and female adult reviews are very similar. About half loved it with approximately another quarter indicating that they enjoyed it very much. The 20% who only rated it as an "average" movie is a little disappointing but certainly not bad. They still enjoyed it but didn't feel that it was anything special or memorable.
A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is an electrician and rodeo cowboy. In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does not, accept a death sentence.
His crash course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There, he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks (Jennifer Garner).
An outsider to the gay community, Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon (Jared Leto), a transsexual who shares Ron's lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron's entrepreneurial spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a "buyers club," where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron's pioneering underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before.