16 Years of Alcohol | Chicago Reader

16 Years of Alcohol

Episodic and patchy, but well acted and heartfelt, this film follows a young Scottish man as he struggles to stop abusing alcohol and the women in his life, habits he's inherited from his charismatic but feckless father. Director Richard Jobson—an ex-punk rocker (vocalist for the Skids), model, and film critic—wrote the screenplay, which is heavy on poetic narration and influenced by A Clockwork Orange and the angry-young-men dramas of the 50s and 60s. Echoes of Trainspotting are also impossible to ignore in the casting of lead actor Kevin McKidd and of Ewan Bremner, who's nearly wasted in a minor role.

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