Jamie Sisley’s Coming of Age Drama Offers an Empathetic Look at Opioid Addiction Opens This Weekend
Stay Awake is an indie drama that is very much of the moment: a fictionalized account of the filmmaker’s coming of age, as he struggles to get out from under the yoke of a prescription drug-addicted mother in small-town Virginia. Life in the last, lame-duck months of high school, with a job at the Jolly Cow ice cream drive-in, would be cringe-inducing enough without a deeply depressed, self-destructive mother played by Chrissy Metz, star of This is Us. Wyatt Oleff (City on Fire) and Fin Argus (Queer as Folk) play teenage brothers stuck in a cycle of discovering their mom passed out, dragging her to the hospital, and encouraging rehab. Despair quickly turns to hope and then boomerangs back again. Featuring three superb performances that find surprising humor and humanity amid the tragedy of parental addiction.
Stay Awake opens this Friday, May 19th at Film Forum in New York City and May 25th at Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles.