Parents' Guide to

Recovery Boys

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intense, honest, and inspiring docu about opioid addiction.

Movie NR 2018 89 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Excellent show of hope.

Ryan’s story affected me the most. He is inspiring. He gives me hope and I wish all addicts will seek recovery before its to late.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

What courage and trust it must have taken for the four compelling young men at the center of this story to appear on film at such a harrowing time in their lives; their trust was not misplaced. Elaine McMillion-Sheldon treats each of them with dignity, respect, and compassion. She offers no explanations and makes no judgments. Not on "the boys." Not on Dr. Kevin Blankenship and his staff. What's more, McMillion-Sheldon seems to capture their unique spirits, as well as the demons that accompany each young man's journey. The camera is at the right place at the right time. The composing and the editing are executed with a sure hand and a gift for intimacy.

Recovery Boys doesn't make any promises. It doesn't offer hope where there is little. Still, there are moments that call for cheering, moments that call for kudos to Blankenship, et al. It's movie time well spent. Audiences can't help but be deeply affected, even heartened, by this film.

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