Short of the Week

Successful Alcoholics

Despite their heavy drinking, everything seems to go their way. So what’s wrong with that?

Some great films offer an honest look at a situation—others are purely entertaining. But there are very few who do both well—Successful Alcoholics is one of those. In the story, we follow a couple who, despite being chronically drunk, lead successful lives. They wake up after blacking out and continue to excel at their jobs, dodge traffic tickets, and generally have a good time. They coast through a life of fun until strong withdrawals lead to extreme measures and an ultimatum to either give up the booze or give up on each other.

It can be difficult to find comedy in an emotional topic like alcoholism, but Successful Alcoholics doesn’t take it lightly. In fact, it’s the dramatic moments that take this film to the next level. With a rise and fall that follows the emotional turns of alcoholism, it at first glamorizes the inebriated lifestyle, but soon the harsh realities settle in.

The film was written by long-time FoD filmmaker, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and comedian, TJ Miller, who also acts as male lead. Lizzy Caplan (127 Hours, Cloverfield) gives a great performance as the female lead delivering both comedy and drama with a punch. The film debuted at Sundance last year before finding an audience on Funny or Die.

~
Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at andrewsallen.com or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
  • Felonious Punk

    Man, like you said, this started out being the usual clever funny fare, but the fact that it shifts gears, really comes back to haunt the viewer. What a buzz-kill, but well done.

  • Jason Sondhi

    Lizzy Caplan! I’m plowing through “Party Down” on netflix right now and have been loving her in it. Must watch this!

  • http://politicalfilm.wordpress.com/ Joe G

    The Kids in the Hall had a funnier, tighter and all around more rocking version of this: Girl Drink Drunk.

  • Jason Sondhi

    Haven’t seen that @Joe G, but I’d argue that the comedy isn’t the star here, it’s the surprisingly deft dramatic moments.

  • A. Adan

    Its enjoyable but the comic aspect is lost on me

  • gui

    I think this is very funny and interesting precisely because it is somewhat between the dramatic and the comic. It is very unusual and produces a kind of strangeness. The actors are very and very well directed. One does not know what to make of it straight away — it is something of its kind.

  • http://twitter.com/TheWesInAwesome Wes Drew

    This left me with the same feeling I had at the end of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. Two people who can’t be together who SHOULD be together. I shouldn’t care this much about characters who I’ve only seen for 20 minutes.

  • http://twitter.com/TheWesInAwesome Wes Drew

    This left me with the same feeling I had at the end of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. Two people who can’t be together who SHOULD be together. I shouldn’t care this much about characters who I’ve only seen for 20 minutes.

  • peter alexander

    the cast in this is terrific. particularly the main actress, she’s beautiful, funny and very likable. she reminds me of Emma Stone, except like a stoner or drunk reckless version. i’d love to cast her in one of my films. great work here!