The Adderall Diaries

Writer and Adderall enthusiast Stephen Elliott reaches a low point when his estranged father resurfaces, claiming that Stephen has fabricated much of the dark childhood that that fuels his writing. Adrift in the precarious gray area of memory, Stephen is led by three sources of inspiration: a new romance, the best friend who shares his history, and a murder trial that reminds him more than a little of his own story. Based on the memoir of the same name.


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  • ★★★★½ review by Kaci Elizabeth on Letterboxd

    “We understand the world by how we retrieve memories, re-order information into stories to justify how we feel.”

    Now this was a very very pleasant surprise.

    I've had a tough time getting settled in and actually finding a story to grip me and keep me focused lately and this was exactly what I needed. Something to grab me and force me to stay in my seat long enough to complete it. This film had me going through the motions and planted firmly in my seat throughout the entire thing.

    Well done to the cast and crew. And let's not forget Stephen Elliott. This is genius. It really made me think.

  • ★★★★ review by yas on Letterboxd

    amber heard, james franco and a bit of timothèe ugh loved that idk why this got such bad reviews

  • ★★★½ review by Chad_Cooper on Letterboxd

    This movie is so panned in reviews on this app I almost decided to not give it a watch. Almost.

    Was it disjointed at times?


    Did Heard’s character feel a bit undeveloped?

    I think so.

    Was there some melodrama?


    But, I think the melodrama that occurred in the memories sequences was fitting... since a key premise of the film is ‘how we remember things isn’t necessarily how they occurred’.

    The acting was good. It moved me emotionally at times, and prompted me to reflect on my own memories.

    In my book, this film is worthy of a good rating... 3.5 ⭐️s.

  • ★★★★ review by shawnnhhilton on Letterboxd

    Pretty solid actually.

  • ★★★½ review by amanda on Letterboxd

    james franco being kinky via daddy issues is disgustingly relatable

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