Drugstore Cowboy ★★★★

Off-beat and weirdly trivial in its depictions of dope-robbery, sometimes operating more as a fun look at friends hanging out and enjoying themselves through serious and dark exploits, yet a lot of what it wishes to get across is illustrated through the bitter consequences of the repeated thievery at play. Drugstore Cowboy shows dope-fiends at first as casual offenders who face no ramifications behind their crimes and harmful indulgence, but very quickly brings forth the deadly reactions and damaging influences, creating a sharp contrast between the fun-and-games vibe and the overwhelming tragedy of the whole scenario. Occasionally aimless, but unabashedly brilliant in its matter-of-fact, unflinching perspective. A-

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