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Trainspotting is a 1996 British film based on the novel of the same name by author Irvine Welsh. Trainspotting is a film depicting the drug culture in the United Kingdom. The film follows a group of heroin addicts in a late 1980s economically depressed area of Edinburgh and their passage through life. Controversy developed between those who saw the film as reflecting a reality that had to be understood and addressed and those who saw the film as glorifying drug use. The disturbing nature of the lives of the young people in this film, however, would seem to diminish any potential for glorification. The film reflects the social context of its time in a debate between the belief in free expression and in control to reach some end. One side seeing drugs as so terrible that even excessive means might be needed to stop their use and the other side seeing the issue as overblown so that society should restrain its repressive impulses.
I think the facts about drug use and abuse is accurate in this film. You have your friends, let us call them drug buddies, you scam to get your cash for the drugs, go get your drugs from the dealer, meet up at whoever has a home, consume your drugs, enjoy the high, and then start to think how you are going to get your next fix. When you are an addict and you need your high no one, not even a screaming baby, matters. I think that the stereotypes in this movie are spot on. You have your addict who wants to change so he leaves all he knows behind, Renton, you have your follower who does what the consensus is doing, Spud, you have your hustler who always knows how to get money, Sick Boy, you have your, for lack of a better term, drug whore who puts drugs above all, even her infant daughter, Allison, and finally you have the one who is in it for the money, “I would never put that poison in my body,” all the while knocking back pint after pint,…...

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