Originally posted on Variety:
A terminally quirky indie dramedy, “Bottled Up” risks trivializing prescription drug abuse in service of a trite middle-age romance. Fine actors including topliner Melissa Leo can’t disguise the fundamentally weak material of writer-director Enid Zentelis, delivering her sophomore feature nearly a decade after her poverty drama “Evergreen” debuted in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Following a premiere at Tribeca last year, “Bottled Up” is set for a quiet Feb. 28 launch on VOD and limited theatrical release via upstart Paragon Pictures, a partnership between Freestyle Digital Media and Osiris Entertainment.
If the film merits any attention at all, it’s exclusively for the involvement of Leo, who remains committed to balancing supporting roles in high-profile films like last year’s “Prisoners” and “Olympus Has Fallen” with leading turns in smaller projects — though her commendable dedication makes it all the more unfortunate when one of those little star vehicles breaks down…
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