Stay Awake



Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88% · 33 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 6.7/10 10 255 255


Top cast

Wyatt Oleff as Ethan
Chrissy Metz as Michelle
Jenna Stern as Sophia
Steffan Argus as Derek
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858.09 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 33 min
Seeds 10
1.72 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
1 hr 33 min
Seeds 12

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by theravecave 9 / 10

Great adult drama with great performances and script

Once in a while you watch a film not expecting much and get deeply involved and moved emotionally. Stay Awake relies heavily on the emotional journey of the young sons and both Wyatt Oleff and Fin Argus are terrific. Rarely is as much conveyed by the looks the two leads give each other, as the dialogue, which is both measured and honest.

The film avoids melodrama and gets under the skin of the two protagonists, so we, the audience, feel the pain and love of dealing with a parent who is hopelessly addicted to prescription drugs.

We don't learn much about the mother's broken relationship or her descent into addiction, we assume it is similar to the other stories told by similar addicts at a NA meeting.

Although the film could point the blame at the pharmaceutical industry, it decides instead to focus on the devastation and constant worry it leaves on the family, not to mention the difficult life choices and sacrifices it causes.

Whilst it is usually the case that a film dealing with these choices might have scenes of siblings screaming at each other, Stay Awake focuses instead on the bond between the brothers who provide the emotional support needed to each other rather than from their mother, who tries to maintain a false aura of normality when everything around is falling to pieces.

A great script, music score and the use of school, hospital and work locations is used to great effect to underscore the cycle both brothers have become trapped in.

Highly recommended.

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Reviewed by moviewriterlaca 10 / 10

A Heartbreaking Tale About the Devastation of Addiction

This film has a huge heart. Its strength lies in the three leads, Chrissy Metz, Wyatt Oleff and Fin Argus. It's understated, authentic and thank goodness didn't devolve into an Afterschool Special.

My only beef with the film was that they set up the possibility of the younger son confronting the doctor responsible for turning his mother into an addict but didn't deliver. The heartache that the brothers endured as a result of their mother disappointing them time and time again was real and I ached for them.

One subplot was a great example of subtext dealing with the youngest brother dealing with his sexuality but unable to truly express himself because he was trapped in a small town. Oleff handled the scenes like a true pro. Understated and poignant.

We need less superhero movies and more stories about the subject.

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