Permanent Midnight

1 h 28 min1998X-RayR
Based on an allegedly true story of TV writer Jerry Stahl with a $5000 a week job and a $6000 a week cocaine habit.
David Veloz
Ben StillerElizabeth HurleyJaneane Garofalo
English [CC]
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Maria BelloOwen WilsonCheryl Ladd
Jane HamsherDon Murphy
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Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingsubstance use
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Cappy714Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Sleeper!
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I don't know what made me watch this movie, but I am sure glad I did. With Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller as two of the main actors, I figured I'd, at least, get some laughs. Well, I got a few, but this movie is a sleeper. It was an intense mystery type movie, that kept me on the edge of my seat (and from getting up for something to eat). Fast paced, well acted, and a real pleasure to watch. I can't imagine why it's rating was as low as it was, but I'm giving it 5 stars! Watch it, and rate it. I would like to read more reviews of it, if only to see if anyone out there agrees with me, or doesn't​.
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chillsisterReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not What I Expected
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I had to give this a minute because it was not what I anticipated given the cast. Very well acted, interesting real-life story. Hard to watch at several points, but worth it.
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DMKReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Seal it into a time capsule of the 1990s
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I finally had to give up on this halfway through; just too painful as in cringeworthy. Maybe because I'm no longer an overgrown teenager. Seal it up and let those who want to research the nineties at their worst open it up. As a film, it just doesn't hold up for me and ultimately became unwatchable.
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TennSniperReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Raw , Engaging, and somewhat dangerous , I Like!
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Some will agree but most will not understand this film. It's Raw , edgy , and a full frontal of the drug addition spiral that starts off with a good time and ends wondering if he will ever really regain his sanity. At some point you feel compassion for him , but mostly it's pain because the hits just keep coming. Acting was good , could have better with the right screenplay and cleaner editing. In a lot of ways I see why this story had to be told, and it ends without a sense of closure which is why my 4star rating gives me the imaginary control.
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Kenneth A. NelsonReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
I Believe...
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This was another film I had no pre-knowledge of before watching it. It was quite a nice surprise.

I hadn't thought of Ben Stiller as a serious Actor. I imagined him in light comedies only, but he certainly has proven otherwise to me with his stand-out role as the talented and in-demand writer of several TV Programs in the 80's (i.e.: Alf). His career and life in general was speeding downward because of his extreme drug use (private and public).

The combination of Hollywood and Celebrity Drug Abuse is perfect fodder for making of an outrageous, sensationalized epic. It takes great restraint to keep the visual extremes within the boundries of believability.

I believe...
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AdamReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great For Artists
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Love Ben Stiller and this was another really interesting, darker role he played. Loved his acting, and the life story of Jerry Stahl is fascinating. An inspiring film for artists.
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NunnayrbznzReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Guide to Privileged White Guy Addiction
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Stiller's acting was restrained but he did a good job. The narcissistic character wasn't consumed by the basic struggle of trying to scrape of enough money that is usually the beginning of the cycle drug addiction. He had the money and all the drugs he wanted without having to constantly place his life in danger. He had the connections, the ability to lie, and because of his privilege, seemed to have an air of entitlement to his drug use though at times he was forced to use in less than safe surroundings. The safe and easy surroundings made it harder for him to see or feel that he was indeed in danger even as a privileged white guy. So much so that the delusion kept him waiting on a drug transaction in his car in front of a loud party with a tiny baby incorrectly in a baby seat with the sound of police sirens coming and going close by, continuing to search for his connection and finally make the ultimate of bad choices by still barely noticing that he still had his daughter. Hard for a guy skating through drug use to see a downside or touch bottom enough for it to create any motivation to quit . In fact his quitting didn't seem to have been motivated by more than a half-hearted sense of entitlement to see his daughter after an unseen stint in rehab (we assume) and a job in polyester fast food uniforms. What a struggle! So glad it was shared. Scared ME straight...oh wait, I already am! Though he didn't make it look half-bad, the idea of a life working in fast food wearing a tiny red paper hat and smelling like fried fish will certainly keep me on the straight and narrow! Oh No! Not the RED HAT!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2015
1.0 out of 5 stars
it was that bad. Poor character development
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We didn't finish the movie, it was that bad. Poor character development. Terrible gratuitous language. Plot was taking way too long to develop. After 15 minutes, my husband and I both said, "Do we really want to waste the next hour of our life on this trash?" So we turned it off.
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