Four Good Days
Release Date: May 21, 2021
Run Time: 1 hour & 40 minutes
Reviewed By: Edwina
“Emerging from a detox clinic, a young addict tries to stay clean while living with her mother for the next four days.“
Another one taken off of my list of recommendations and I’m so glad we watched.
Mila Kunis (Molly) and Glenn Close (Deb) star as a mother trying to deal with her drug addicted daughter. Molly appears at her mother’s home out of the blue and begs for help one more time. Deb tries her best to wait her out, leaving her out front day and night. She knows she can’t be manipulated into allowing her into the home again, only to be robbed. She finally tells Molly the only thing she will do is take her to detox (again). After Molly is detoxed, she must stay clean for four more days in order to get Naltrexone (an opiate blocker, used for heroin addiction). Left with no other options, Deb allows Molly back into the home with the hope that this will be the cure to the drug addiction.
Kunis and Close were unbelievable in this film! Kunis hit it right on the head from the physical appearance (I was completely shocked!) to the behaviors and mannerisms of someone in the throes of addiction. Close was compelling in portraying the fear and sadness of a parent who has gone through this over, and over, and over again.
In my professional career, I spent a number of years working with drug addicts and I can tell you that everything was on point. I actually found myself yelling at the television when I knew that another manipulation was occurring and hoping for different outcomes. This film speaks to the drug crisis and what families go through watching someone they love walking this road. It speaks to the harsh reality of tough love and then trying to find a balance. It speaks to the flaws in our system with treatment services and the hope that never goes away that your child can be saved.
I would rate this film a 10 out of 10. I was riveted and praying that the ending would be a positive one. Although they weren’t nominated for an Oscar, both actresses, as well as the film, should have been. Do yourself a favor and add Four Good Days to your “must watch” list. You will not be sorry!