Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Humor in Heroin Habit? Curtis Hall Finds Some

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Humor in Heroin Habit? Curtis Hall Finds Some

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"GRIDLOCK'D"

Rating: R, language, violence, female nudity, drug use. Running time: 1:37.

WHATEVER humor there is to be found in kicking a heroin habit, writer/director Vondie Curtis Hall has uncovered it. "Gridlock'd" is as much a story about fighting bureaucracy as it is about two guys - Spoon and Stretch, played respectively by deceased rapper Tupac Shakur and twitchy neurotic Tim Roth - trying to get off heroin. The story starts on New Year's Eve in Detroit. Spoon and Stretch are two-thirds of a band that is part performance art, part spoken-word jazz. The trio is completed by Cookie (Thandie Newton), a svelte beauty with an English accent, who overdoses and winds up in a coma. When Spoon and Stretch rush Cookie to the hospital they are handed a clipboard and a pen and told to fill out page after page of forms. Scared by Cookie's condition, and thinking it might make a good New Year's resolution, Spoon decides that he and Stretch are going to get clean. Spoon is the cool, level-headed member of the group, even though he's pretty strung out on heroin. Stretch is the crazy junkie who won't give up his next high. But Spoon tells him they are going into rehab. After they get their next fix. One fix leads to another and Spoon and Stretch soon find themselves pursued by two thugs in a car whose vanity plates read "D-Reper. …

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