Holly is a transvestite who spends time collecting trash, going to the Fillmore East, and cruising for sex. Joe is only interested in his next fix, and graphic displays of degrading human situations deglamorize drug use better than any board of education film or public service messages.
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I actually saw this when it came out I was 8 years old and I wanted to be just like Joey Dallesandro and grew my hair just like his. I didn't shoot smack or break into people's homes tho. Not until I was older.
I actually really love this movie (as I do most uncomfortable junkie-protagonist films, and most films by Andy Warhol) but I had to give it only one star because it is simply shitty filmmaking. I know that was the point, but still...