James Franco plays a novelist who, paralyzed by writer’s block and an escalating Adderall dependency, simultaneously delves into the details of a murder case with the help of a reporter (Amber Heard) and reunites with his estranged father (Ed Harris). He is forced to separate truth from lies and fact from fiction, ultimately leading him to finally reconcile his past and confront his future. (R – 105 minutes)
Judging from star James Franco’s committed performance, the actor really, really wanted “The Adderall Diaries” to be good. Unfortunately, try as he might, the new drama never amounts to much. Writer/director Pamela Romanowsky, working from a memoir by Stephen Elliott, frequently jumps from plot point to plot point and tone to tone without any clear connection or much needed subtlety. Feeling as though you have hyperactivity and impulse control issues is likely the effect Romanowsky intended for her audience but it does not make for a particularly pleasant – let alone coherent – experience.