Detox for dummies

Sandra Bullock goes to rehab, and reality goes out the window

Ah, well. It's not like guy movies are any more realistic; just wait until Sylvester Stallone's rehab movie D-Tox comes out in the fall. An honest depiction of rehab would inevitably be more critically acclaimed, but it would also be a major downer (see Michael Keaton's Clean and Sober for a taste of this). Audiences don't tend to react well to sheer, unbridled suffering. But a character beating tough odds and striking a blow for sisterhood? That they'll pay to see. 28 Days may be escapism masquerading as infotainment, but as the former, it does its job well. And even though the rehab facility is made to look especially sunny, perhaps audience members will at least be discouraged from attending one themselves since no sex or romance is permitted with other inmates. Even in the unlikely event that they do look like Sandra Bullock.

Alkie haul: Among those who gather to help Gwen (Sandra Bullock) get through her rehab is Cornell (the always drunk-looking Steve Buscemi).
Alkie haul: Among those who gather to help Gwen (Sandra Bullock) get through her rehab is Cornell (the always drunk-looking Steve Buscemi).

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Starring Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins, and Steve Buscemi

Release Date:
April 14

Directed by Betty Thomas

Screenplay by Susannah Grant

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28 Days. Directed by Betty Thomas. Screenplay by Susannah Grant. Starring Sandra Bullock, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic West, Elizabeth Perkins, and Steve Buscemi. Opens Friday.

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