5 Movies About Drugs That Make Me Want To Do Drugs

1. Thirteen

So I know this film is supposed to serve as a cautionary tale for wayward youth but the whole time I was watching it, I felt the desire to snort my mom’s prescription pills and flunk 7th grade. The movie opens up with Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood) and Evie (Nikki Reed) huffing duster and beating the shit out of each other which I guess sounds terrifying, but it actually looks really fun in the movie! There’s also this scene where they ignore their curfew and take acid in the park. “The Equalizer” by Clinic plays and everyone is just running in the sprinklers and making out with each other. It looks so crazy/beautiful! Watching Thirteen made me think that I had done middle school all wrong. Instead of watching Dawson’s Creek and crying myself to sleep every night, I should’ve been getting stoned, hooking up with a hot older neighbor and forgetting how to spell the word “photographer.” Oh well!

2. Factory Girl

Edie Sedgwick may have died an insane drug-addicted pariah at the premature age of 28, but she also spent a few years doing pills and being super cool in New York City. The film shows her rapid ascent as a New York socialite and muse to Andy Warhol, and there are all of these montages of her galavanting around the city high as a kite with her famous friends. Even when she accidentally burns down her hotel room in an opiate-induced haze, it’s still sort of cool because she’s staying at The Chelsea Hotel. The ending may be totally depressing but the rest of the film glamorizes the drug culture of the ’60s.

3. Dazed and Confused

Like Factory Girl, Dazed and Confused was another “period piece”—this time about teenagers doing drugs in the ’70s. Throughout the movie, everyone is high and young and beautiful. They’re also all kind of retarded fuck-ups, which I guess is the anti-drug message. Matthew McConaughey plays this stoner pervert in his mid-twenties who creeps on high schoolers and you wanna be like, “Oh my god, he’s such a creep!”, but he’s too sexy for it to actually be a bad thing. The film taught me that if my life wasn’t going anywhere and I was doing drugs, I could still be a smooth-talking babe, which in this culture actually might mean more than sobriety and a job.

4. The Rules of Attraction

8,000 WB teen stars agreed to be in The Rules of Attraction because they were so desperate to shed their wholesome image. Jessica Biel must’ve stipulated in her contract “Must be doing coke every time I’m on camera” because that’s essentially all her character did. James Van Der Beek said “fuck you!” to Dawson Leery and played a sociopathic bisexual drug addict who was always on something as well. The book is reportedly based on Bret Easton Ellis’ time at the liberal arts college Bennington in Vermont, and after watching two hours of attractive young people do drugs under the guise of going to school, I promised myself I would apply when it came time to do college applications. Even though the movie was supposed to be disturbing, it just ended up making drugs look like inconsequential fun. Failed again, big bad Hollywood!

5. Blow

I’m convinced that any movie centered around cocaine has to secretly have financial backing from Columbian drug lords because they always make it look so fucking cool. Blow, in particular, examines how cocaine took over American drug culture in the ’70s, and made everything a lot more fun! Well, until it killed people, ruined lives, and sent drug dealers to prison. But before any of that drama happens, there’s tons of scenes of Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz being rich, throwing parties and doing a bunch of yay with Pee Wee Herman, oops, I mean Paul Ruebens. Whenever people do coke in movies, they make these exaggerated snorting noises and jerk their head back violently. It’s not really accurate but it makes coke look more appealing for some reason so whatever. TC mark

image – Thirteen

Ryan O'Connell

I'm a brat.


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  • Brandon

    you forgot fear and loathing? come on now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/recursivecursive Jim Rowley

    nice. i was surprised at a couple of the movies, all of which I've seen, most of which made me want to do drugs, but some that never made me want to do drugs. i loved the humor and satire re~ each of them.

    the article seemed to avoid 'obvious' movies like: fear and loathing, naked lunch, trainspotting, and fantasia…'obvious' to me personally that is. when i think about trainspotting, i don't think of anything too encouraging re~ drugs. but for me it was I guess?

    I digress. a great article and very funny.

    • David St Bernard

      What about Super Size Me? I watched that and wanted to go to Mickey D's right afterwards.

    • http://tattoosnob.com Julene

      anyone who wanted to do drugs after trainspotting should be checked into rehab as a preemptive measure…

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  • Comic Insult

    Requiem for a Dream is probably the one of the only drug movies that makes drug addiction look awful and sad instead of fun and glamourous.

    • Angela

      Basketball Diaries, but you're probably too young.

  • alex

    colombian drug lords not columbian drug lords…unless you're referring to the victims of operation: ivy league

  • http://profiles.google.com/dianne.smallwood Dianne Smallwood

    …& trainspotting – never enticed me to do smack in the end, but it was a damn good film, and the soundtrack(s) kick ass.

  • azigra

    you went straight to Thirteen and skipped right past Twelve, in which Chace Crawford sells drugs because he had a hard life.

  • faith

    “Whenever people do coke in movies, they make these exaggerated snorting noises and jerk their head back violently. It’s not really accurate but it makes coke look more appealing for some reason so whatever.”

  • george brostanza

    fear and loathing, half baked, and probably a lot of stoner rappers inspired my drug habits, probably not as intense as they used to be in high school. Then again, i'm still young, but high school is such a great time to do drugs.

  • Nono

    Fear and Loathing, absolutely…

  • ryangroupie

    can't deal with how on point your writing is /how it addresses so many topics i relate to and or thought but failed to articulate.you're my idol.

  • John Pappardelle

    It's spelled Colombia, with an O, not like Columbia University. Isn't it about time to stop the stupid, racist cliché of the Colombian drug lord? That was over back in the early nineties. Keep on snortin'

    • Lambskinrug

      you sure about that? oh and the movie blow was about cocaine being smuggled from Colombia.

    • andresmoreno1

      totally agree…seems someone kept with the nineties perception of Colombian cartels which indeed are sooo sooo vanished, i'm Colombian, live in Colombia and let me say drugdealing happens but everywhere and Drug Lords it's soo soo retro and idiotic please read more

  • Walter Mcgrain

    I always wondered whether the experience of being in the movie “Thirteen” somehow precipitated Evan Rachel Wood dating Marlyn Manson.

  • eddyindigo

    Requiem For a Dream makes heroin scary, but I would do terrible things to have the lighting from the “high” scenes follow me around.

  • flawedsquares

    Wanted: post about music to listen to while not doing drugs plz

  • asdfghjkl;

    the neverending story

  • uhnonnymus

    No Enter the Void?

  • Anonymous

    Every movie about drugs makes me want to drugs.

  • http://likethehours.wordpress.com/ devin howard

    Every time I watch trainspotting I really just want to go sell a TV or some old golf clubs and score a few hits of smack, it kind of all worked out in the end, good times.

  • andresmoreno1

    totally disagree with the colOmbian perception…if you meet someone who is ColOmbian just please is you have respect to you and him/her don't assume he/she do/sell/produces any kind of drug nor COCAINE…i'm colombian and noo i'm so not a drugdealer and cartels here have dissapeared long long long long time ago, indeed i think mexico has our place now…sorryyy

  • SeeDoubleYou

    No Human Traffic? Best ecstasy-based movie ever made.

  • Vanessa

    Great article. But please, please, please spell Colombia correctly. There is no u in it.

  • ikeng

    Basketball Diaries is a good one.

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