Four Good Days
Glenn Close- Deb
Mila Kunis- Molly
Stephan Root- Chris
Close and Kunis are exceptional in FOUR GOOD DAYS a tale of the depths off addiction and the effects on families.
Molly (Kunis) is living a normal life, married with two kids until she has an accident and tears up her knee. She is prescribed oxycodone with unlimited refills by her doctor, this is where her addiction begins. Deb (Close), Molly’s mother, is a massage therapist working who with her husband Chris (Root) watched her daughter drop down the black hole of addiction.
Deb and Chris are having a good life until a knock comes at the door. Molly has returned home yet again in heroine withdrawl. This is not the first time Molly has come home with a story of wanting to get clean only to rob her mother and step father and vanish again. Deb refuses to let her daughter in saying she had to be clean in order to live there. After a night of Molly on the front porch, Deb emerges from the house with hot coffee and again is told Molly wants to get clean. She tells her to get in the car and takes her daughter to the hospital to start the rehab process immediately.
The Doctor looks over Molly and Deb is horrified to the extent of her daughter’s condition missing all her teeth and all the places she has use to shot heroine. Molly tells the doctor she is on heroine, crystal meth, cocaine and any drug she can find. The doctor offers an option for Molly to break her addiction in the form of a monthly shot that doesn’t allow the addict to get high and curbs the craving for the drugs. The only thing is Molly is less than 8 hours from being high on heroine and must be clean for 4 days before she can do the shot. Debs immediate response to the timeline is “She can’t make it 4 days”.
Deb explains the Chris the four days while moving all their valuables into a secure room away from Molly. Deb brings some sheets into Molly’s room and before she leaves her daughter pulls out a bag of drug paraphernalia hidden in her room and hands it to Deb. The first day goes well, with Deb taking Moly shopping and to the dentist to get temporary dentures. Deb also hands her daughter a mobile phone with her number and her father (Deb’s ex-husband) number in it.
The second 24 hours begins the slope sliding back into the life. Molly asks Deb to take her back to the condemned house where she was living to look for a girl friend of hers that was in trouble. Deb follows Molly into a drug den as she looks for her friend and dragging Molly back to the car. The next day Molly disappears again. Deb knows the 4 days is over for Molly.
Four Good Days is based on a real family that dealt with a daughter’s addiction. Glenn Close and Mila Kunis are fabulous in the lead roles showing how the addiction affects the family and how Roots character was collateral damaged With Deb unloading her stress on him instead of at her daughter. Kunis is believable as an addict and my favorite scene is the face on the nurse at the hospital when Deb informs her that this is Molly’s 15th trip to rehab. Classic!
I am Karl The Flick Fanatic telling you that Four Good Days is one of the first good films of 2021 and must be screen at the theaters this spring.
Flickanalysis grade :4/5 stars