Cocaine Angel

Released 2006


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Michael Tully
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Cocaine Angel is the story of Scott (Damian Lahey), an innocent kid in Jacksonville, Florida who descends into the world of drug abuse. Initially, as a young man, Scott has dreams of a career and family. He has a playful sense of humor. However, as the drug begins to take over his life, he loses his job and he erodes into substance abuse. His frightened family retreats from him and he only occasionally sees his daughter. While the film has moments of humor, they are nonetheless dark and overshadowed by the inevitable disaster that Scott's life will become. Unlike films in which the drug addict's life spirals into crime or violence, Scott's life becomes dull and tedious. The timeline of the film is skewed to signify Scott's loss of touch with reality. Nonetheless, the film poignantly captures and demystifies the experience of drug addition, making for a powerful warning to the viewer.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    New York Post V.A. Musetto

    Movies about addicts are a dime a dozen, but Cocaine Angel does its own thing, mixing humor with bleakness and resisting the too-common urge to romanticize addiction.

  • 70

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Pitch-perfect central perf (by scribe and co-producer Damian Lahey), total lack of dramatic artifice and surreally situational humor make for a minor-key vignette of unmistakable, ...

  • 60

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Harnessing the twin virtues of drollness and economy, Mr. Tully keeps scenes brief and melodrama on the margins.

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Comedy, Drama


Independent, Dark Comedy