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alabasterwilliams

4.5k points

4 days ago

This is a feel-good classic like Requiem For a Dream is an instructionary tale.

cgee

742 points

4 days ago

cgee

742 points

4 days ago

Lol I watched both of these movies for the first time on the same day with a couple friends while looking through a new guy’s collection of mtg cards to trade.

bob_boo_lala

289 points

4 days ago

Teenage years in a nutshell

TchallaKingofWakanda

141 points

4 days ago

It’s probably cheaper just to do heroin. /s

binger5

31 points

4 days ago

binger5

31 points

4 days ago

It's quitable.

bacon_and_ovaries

137 points

4 days ago

He turned his life around. So much feel good.

Minus all the hitting rock bottom that had to happen first.

alabasterwilliams

196 points

4 days ago

He's likely the worst character in the movie, and him being the narrator supports that notion. Heroin addicts, like most addicts, are masters of manipulation. Him painting it like he did is manipulation, especially considering how he got out.

gloriousjohnson

125 points

4 days ago

I always thought Begbie was the worst but that may have been altered from reading the book. While the the others had heroin addiction as an excuse for their shitty behavior, Begbie was mostly just a piece of shite

basicissueredditor

62 points

4 days ago

He abandoned his wife to zombies and then when they got reunited he killed her.

KGandtheVividGirls

16 points

3 days ago

Begbie was old school, a necessary reference point in the film.

pdmock

119 points

4 days ago

pdmock

119 points

4 days ago

My friends made me think requiem was a comedy. They would laugh and talk about the "ass to ass" scene.

alabasterwilliams

133 points

4 days ago

Your friends are fucked.

nickdanger3d

87 points

4 days ago

tbf, the way he says "ass to ass" is eminently quotable and hilarious when done so

Drunky_McStumble

22 points

3 days ago

To this day, whenever something ever so tangentially related to the act comes up in conversation (like, I dunno, talking about how someone accidentally reversed their car into the rear of another car or something) I will reflexively say "ASS TO ASS!" without even thinking about it.

There's something about the horrific seriousness of that scene, representing the character's complete and total degradation, combined with the way that dude delivers the line which makes it funny as fuck to me.

DickCamembert

63 points

3 days ago

Or emotionally immature.

ThePrincessDiarrhea

36 points

4 days ago

Or indeed a feel-good movie.

greatunknownpub

8.3k points

4 days ago

Classic? Yes. Feel-good? Hell no.

woodbanana

2.7k points

4 days ago

woodbanana

2.7k points

4 days ago

If I close my eyes I can hear that woman screaming about her dead baby

mothershipq

1.3k points

4 days ago

mothershipq

1.3k points

4 days ago

If I close my eyes I can see the dead baby.

dont_worry_im_here

492 points

4 days ago

Open your eyes, dude!

JPW062

204 points

4 days ago

JPW062

204 points

4 days ago

Just skip sleep. I have for 25 years.

gopher1409

138 points

4 days ago

gopher1409

138 points

4 days ago

Doctor Sleep?

Also has Ewan McGregor and a dead baby.

drifter100

71 points

4 days ago

surprisingly not a bad movie.

thisisthesaleh

80 points

4 days ago

Doctor Sleep is very good honestly. Just had a very poor timing with its release

CurseofLono88

58 points

4 days ago

I’m not that surprised, Doctor sleep wasn’t the sequel to The Shining (in terms of the book) a lot of people wanted, but Stephen King poured his heart and soul into that book- and then you have a fantastic writer-Director like Mike Flanagan adapt it with eye towards both King and Kubrick fans, and it really was a pretty good movie.

SpongeBad

22 points

4 days ago

SpongeBad

22 points

4 days ago

I was amazed at how well it balanced being a sequel to the book and Kubrick movie without stepping on either one.

NativeMasshole

80 points

4 days ago

If I close my eyes, maybe I won't get pinkeye when I swan dive into a public toilet after my heroin suppository.

Lolzzergrush

75 points

4 days ago

devilbunny

66 points

4 days ago

I love that they included the stairs. I actually went out and found them one night in Edinburgh. It's not obvious from the angle it was shot at, but there's a pub door off that landing partway down.

The next day, the tour driver and I completely bonded over Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction. He was ecstatic that I'd looked for the steps, and you can guess what his wallet said.

cficare

118 points

4 days ago

cficare

118 points

4 days ago

Right? My sister had this movie poster in her room. And loved the Iggy Pop song for the requisite amount of time post release. I just saw the movie a few years ago and that baby just shifts the whole tone. None of those people are likeable. Heroine addiction isn't madcap fun. That fucking kid was a HUSK. What the fuck is wrong with people?

Oh, all those guys had a fuckin' lust for life, alright! But not that shell of a baby. Fuck, man.

StrikeAnywherePanda

84 points

4 days ago

You know, I watched that movie and when that scene came up I turned it off. This was years ago. For some reason that always stood out to me, and more now since I have a kid. I know it is a movie, but I also know shit like that happens, and it bothers the hell outta me.

This was anything but a "feel good" movie.

Arntown

101 points

4 days ago

Arntown

101 points

4 days ago

I have literally never heard anyone describe this as a feel good film before today. Yes, there‘s some humour but there is so much messed up stuff happening, full of terrible or pitiful people. Drug addiction really isn‘t glorified in that film. The dead baby scene, the withdrawal scene, Tommy‘s downfall.

I‘m really confused as to how anyone can even think of the words „feel good“ when thinking of trainspotting.

Great film though, by the way.

BornUnderPunches

83 points

4 days ago

Right? I sort of get where they’re coming from, the movie is entertaining and the voiceover and freezeframes are cool in a Goodfellas sort of way. But it’s not a fucking feel good movie.

historymajor44

683 points

4 days ago

The baby man...how could any movie with those baby scenes be considered "feel-good?"

thegoodguywon

263 points

4 days ago

That scene fucked me up. I had a visceral reaction watching it and to this day just thinking about it will mess with my psyche.

derpyco

531 points

4 days ago

derpyco

531 points

4 days ago

Yeah, seriously, what the hell is wrong with this author?

Just because a movie is funny and maybe has a few moments of genuine camraderie, doesn't make it a 'feel-good classic.'

This was a harrowing look at the depths of drug addiction. We see a normal person ruin their life and succumb to their addictions, and we see a baby die from neglect and hear her mother's nightmarish screams.

Man, what an uplifting story for the whole family.

Infamous_Leadership

235 points

4 days ago

Next on the Feel-Good Channel, the classic uplifting sports movie "The Wrestler" by Darren Arnofsky

bICEmeister

170 points

4 days ago

bICEmeister

170 points

4 days ago

Or how about Requiem for a Dream, with its sexy mood and feel good editing!?

DollarSignsGoFirst

94 points

4 days ago

Whenever I'm feeling down I always finds Schindlers List lifts the spirits

Braydee7

22 points

4 days ago

Braydee7

22 points

4 days ago

What’s weird is how Life is Beautiful actually does kinda lift your spirit

cficare

39 points

4 days ago

cficare

39 points

4 days ago

Next-up, watch two women bond like never-before in the heart-warming "Requiem For A Dream"

Leather_Mongoose

140 points

4 days ago

This film is literally why I've never tried heroin, even though I tried damn near everything else under the sun.

We showed this and Basketball Diaries to my kids just to show them what that lifestyle quickly drifts towards.

campfirecamouflage

113 points

4 days ago

Add Requiem for a Dream to that list and you got the makings of a scared straight movie marathon.

Leather_Mongoose

51 points

4 days ago

"Ass to ass!"

Also, can't forget Spun. That one kept me off meth.

lacks_imagination

24 points

4 days ago

The thing about that ass-to-ass scene though is that afterwards we see Jennifer Connely’s character back in her apartment happily smiling on her couch with a huge roll of cash in her hand. It’s like, yeah the party was humiliating, but look at all the money!

Toby_O_Notoby

14 points

4 days ago

It's from the book. Of all the characters she's the one who gets the "happy" ending:

She had no idea what she was supposed to do with the other girls. She knew what she was supposed to do with the men, but the girls came as a shock. She almost puked. But she knew why she was doing what she was doing and it made everything possible. It wasnt until after it had started that she remembered the little books she had read, and the photographs she had giggled over. It wasnt only what she had done that was disturbing her, but the ease with which she had done it. And when she got her share of the piece she knew it was all worth it. When she got home she got off and any disquieting feelings were immediately dissolved by the heroin and she didnt even bother bathing, that could wait until morning. She just stretched out on her couch, in front of her television, ignoring the smell from her body and lips, thinking over and over that Big Tim was right, this is good stuff. That taste will last a long time. She smiled to herself. And theres more where that came from, and no one to share it with. I can always have as much as I want. She hugged herself and smiled, I can always feel like this.

(NOTE: "Happy" as in the mom (Sara) gets electroshocked into insanity, Tyrone is being abused as a black man in a southern prison going through withdrawal and Harry is in hospice dying.

mechant_papa

91 points

4 days ago

If you really want to feel this ride, read the novel.

Irvine Welsh writes each chapter from the point of view of a different character, in his own voice. Spud is a challenge to make out in print.

The story is also much darker. Renton has a brother who dies. Begbie is a hundred times more violent and scary. Compared to the character in the novel, Robbie Carlyle is warm and cuddly.

biological_assembly

24 points

4 days ago

I love the whole Edinburgh universe. Glue has to be my favorite of the bunch. Skagboys is so slow and deliberate and it really pains you to watch everyone plunge headfirst into darkness.

If you want to go REALLY REALLY dark, check out Maribu Stork Nightmares. It overlaps Filth in unexpected ways.

Sproutykins

86 points

4 days ago

Yae gaet sum patter tae bae postin’ dis gash shyt heer, yer doss cunt. What’s tae marah wae ye? Dinnae Ken dis nae tae sub fae readin? Ahm squarin aep nae tae pilch yer consciousness, weedgie.

OldEviloition

25 points

4 days ago

Irving would be so proud.

Ikimasen

161 points

4 days ago

Ikimasen

161 points

4 days ago

Because the ending is a Shawshank-style satisfying ending where he escapes it all with everything tied up in a neat little package while Born Slippy plays.

hexjunki

91 points

4 days ago

hexjunki

91 points

4 days ago

I remember watching trainspotting as a kid and assuming that when Renton escapes he basically is set for life with the money he has because as a child the £12,000 he gets may as well have been 12 million.

I realised on rewatching that whilst £12,000 is enough to kickstart a new life that amount can easily be blown down the toilet within a year and it seems almost obvious that the film implied he would fritter it all away.

Ikimasen

97 points

4 days ago

Ikimasen

97 points

4 days ago

The main purpose of the book, moreso than the movie, seems to be showing how heroin is a symptom of the economy of Scotland, and a big stack of cash and being able to afford to just leave would make a big difference for some of these people.

But the tone of the ending of the movie definitely feels like "Time for a heroin-free adventure!" not "Renton is still fucked."

WafflingToast

32 points

4 days ago

I disagree. Renton already tried getting away from it all in London and yet got sucked back in.

Then, at the end, when you found out he was heading for Amsterdam (80s and 90s shorthand for a center of a lot of european drug smuggling), that wasn't necessarily a good omen. It was a punch to the gut that yes he escaped the provincial drug scene, but he could potentially be heading towards a lot more trouble with higher stakes.

Ikimasen

31 points

4 days ago

Ikimasen

31 points

4 days ago

(I'm enjoying this conversation a great deal, if it seems like I'm arguing I apologize and I can stop, I just really enjoyed both the movie and the book and I like talking about them.)

I think those things exist as undertones and potentialities in the ending, but largely I think the end is positive. Especially because at that point we know Renton had been clean and working for quite some time without the £12,000.

I know it's kind of cheating to bring up a sequel, but because of Porno (which takes some cues from the movie) we know what happened to Renton: he opened a night club and is doing pretty well for himself. I think that lends some credence to the idea that the story ends on a positive, forward-thinking note.

majorjoe23

94 points

4 days ago

I haven’t seen the sequel yet, but the impression I got from the end, and repeating his monologue from earlier is that a former junkie with a lot of money won’t be former junkie for long.

jgilla2012

68 points

4 days ago

The sequel was fine but heavy on the fan service. I think worth watching once but maybe don’t expect to be blown away.

QueerLongboarder

97 points

4 days ago

I love the sequel as much as the original, and feel it's almost a commentary on nostalgia, hence maybe the fanservice-y feel. Also the soundtrack to T2 is incredible.

nomefish

38 points

4 days ago

nomefish

38 points

4 days ago

Definitely. For a film where it's really easily to say "a sequel is absolutely not needed," they approached it really well. Nostalgia is a hell of a drug, but often for people with a hx of addiction, it becomes really complicated. A mix of "those were the best days of my life" as well as "I was pretty miserable then." It's complicated and I think the film did a nice job of exploring that. I agree that they're both worthwhile and special films.

masturbb-8

25 points

4 days ago

feel it's almost a commentary on nostalgia

Oh absolutely! One scene that immediately comes to mind is when Rent Boy and Sick Boy spend a night watching old George Best highlights together.

screech_owl_kachina

19 points

4 days ago

I mean, he literally says in T2 "I'm a tourist of my youth".

Clammuel

41 points

4 days ago

Clammuel

41 points

4 days ago

The sequel is worth it for Spud alone. Pretty gut wrenching performance by Bremner.

the_kilted_ninja

24 points

4 days ago

The music and the "no Catholics left" scene are fantastic though

JavaRuby2000

29 points

4 days ago

The sequel as a book is much better. Different story but I guess they couldn't use the material as a film sequel unless they wanted to release exclusively on PornHub.

FriedEggsAndCoffee

251 points

4 days ago

"Now I've justified this to myself in all sorts of ways. It wasn't a big deal, just a minor betrayal. Or we'd outgrown each other, you know, that sort of thing. But let's face it, I ripped them off - my so called mates. But Begbie, I couldn't give a shit about him. And Sick Boy, well he'd done the same to me, if he'd only thought of it first. And Spud, well okay, I felt sorry for Spud - he never hurt anybody. So why did I do it? I could offer a million answers - all false. The truth is that I'm a bad person. But, that's gonna change - I'm going to change. This is the last of that sort of thing. Now I'm cleaning up and I'm moving on, going straight and choosing life. I'm looking forward to it already. I'm gonna be just like you. The job, the family, the fucking big television. The washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electric tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisure wear, luggage, three piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing gutters, getting by, looking ahead, the day you die."

Feelsgoodman

bananagrabber83

103 points

4 days ago

What a closing monologue, Born Slippy rising to a crescendo behind it. Incredible.

mickcube

74 points

4 days ago

mickcube

74 points

4 days ago

when the drums in born slippy come in when renton is trying to figure out how to steal the bag from begbie is one of the most fantastically tense scenes i've ever seen

mikevago

37 points

4 days ago

mikevago

37 points

4 days ago

Danny Boyle deserved a Best Director award in 1996, '97, and '98 for that movie. Wasn't even nominated.

GhostMug

118 points

4 days ago

GhostMug

118 points

4 days ago

For real. I read the headline and was like "what the hell movie did they watch??"

beforethewind

60 points

4 days ago

They actually watched the first 90% of Marley & Me and have no idea why people keep bringing up drugs.

a_reasonable_thought

104 points

4 days ago

That entire heroin withdrawal sequence is horrifying

NorcoXO

174 points

4 days ago

NorcoXO

174 points

4 days ago

I’m withdrawing right now and it’s as bad as it looks in the movie, trust me.

1972GT

46 points

4 days ago

1972GT

46 points

4 days ago

I feel you, friend. One day at a time. Small victories.

tommycthulhu

47 points

4 days ago

Hope it all goes well for you, bro/sis. Heroin is hell and not worth it

RemedyDZ

73 points

4 days ago

RemedyDZ

73 points

4 days ago

The ending was the ONLY feel good part.. until Trainspotting 2 came out.

derpyco

102 points

4 days ago

derpyco

102 points

4 days ago

And like, you get the feeling a former addict with a big bag of cash isn't going to end well. He says he's ready to 'choose life' but you can see in his eyes the flicker of the old addict, ready to score.

I genuinely don't think it's meant to be a happy ending.

RemedyDZ

48 points

4 days ago

RemedyDZ

48 points

4 days ago

Yeah! That whole speech makes you think he is going to straighten up which is what I was implying as the "feel good" part...Ya know.. He somehow beat his addiction and all the pain was behind him but anyone who has been an addict or knows one knew a helluva binge was coming.

Quillybumbum

26 points

4 days ago

Absolutely, the movie early on had Renton with the same mind set of bolting down the door with his necessary essentials in an attempt to be sober only to tear down the the door to go get high. And in the very beginning it starts with the same, “choose life,” speech which, in the second movie, Is identified to be an old anti drug campaign slogan that they use to make fun of when using. The whole movie encapsulates the non-linear and very circular style of living that substance use disorder tends to bring out.

A really good review for the movie that talks about this is right here, if you are interested: roger rebert

ZanThrax

25 points

4 days ago

ZanThrax

25 points

4 days ago

Yeah, he's basically already half way to talking himself out of getting clean. He still has the same disdain for all that normal life stuff and is lying to himself that he suddenly wants all that.

CrabSully

9.1k points

4 days ago

CrabSully

9.1k points

4 days ago

I don't understand how anyone can call this movie "feel-good". It's a movie that generally leaves you wanting a shower afterwards.

VictorBlimpmuscle

2.5k points

4 days ago

After the worst toilet in Scotland scene, I felt like I wanted a shower midway through.

Mobile_Feedback_7097

463 points

4 days ago

I was in a toilet like that in Heliopolis, Egypt. There was a hole in floor for squatting that hadn't been cleaned since Napoleon was there. We went down a long flight of stairs, were greeted by an ancient man in ancient robes, he tore off one sheet of toilet paper and handed it to me with the longest, dirtiest finger nails I've ever seen. I went in and thought I would throw up. Luckily, I had a super mom with me and she pulled out a pack of Kleenex for the wiping. There was no way to NOT step in the shit, so I went waded right in. Oy. When I saw the bathroom scene in Trainspotting I thought, well, I've been there (aside from the swimming in shit part).

kostya8

64 points

4 days ago

kostya8

64 points

4 days ago

Ah yes, the dreaded hole-in-the-floor. I've been to Egypt enough times to have been stuck in this exact situation on a few occasions. Not a pleasant experience to say the least.

SupaDupaFlyAccount

41 points

4 days ago

I raise you the Uni sex squat toilet shared between a karaoke bar and a net Cafe in the Northern Chinese city of Tonghua. A solid 3 inches of dried feces and puke in a bathroom that has been cleaned since Zhou dynasty. Also I almost knocked myself out cold on the 4 foot high roof cuz someone scared me slamming on the door yelling in chinese. My hand touched the floor so I wouldn't face plant on the floor.

Substantial_Plan_752

118 points

4 days ago

I can’t describe the level of anxiety you’ve given me, TIHI!!!!

CBD_Sasquatch

29 points

4 days ago

A pay toilet in Istanbul Turkey was my baptism.

HopefulPhoto866

12 points

4 days ago*

There was a restroom with modern toilets built for workers from a certain country. The door had a keycode which I thought was werid, my friend and I went inside as someone was leaving.

Every single toilet was completely full past the brim with shit. Like a mountain, so high up that even if you squatted on the seat, your ass would be in the shit. multi colored mountains. Literally waist high. The piles were so high it had to have been some sort of competition to keep stacking shit, like some olympic event to land your shit on that pile. There was shit on the walls, on the floor, in the corners. It was warm and humid inside. The humidity had to have been from the shit.

They literally kept a lock on the door so random 1st world people wouldn't walk in there and see the horror. I have no idea how they clean it, that restroom wasn't new, and the shit wasn't old, It was probably just a few weeks of shit from all the workers.

Now that I think about it they probably have a few of the same workers just shovel all the shit out once a month , because using toilets is too hard, just have a shit room and the first few days after a cleaning, try to make it on the werid white chair

xxcarlsonxx

176 points

4 days ago

xxcarlsonxx

176 points

4 days ago

Yeah that scene was terrible for me.

stevep98

315 points

4 days ago

stevep98

315 points

4 days ago

There was also spud flinging shit all over his girlfriend and her parents at breakfast.

butchyeugene

130 points

4 days ago

This scene was way worse to watch for me than the toilet scene.

TheElectricMeh

37 points

4 days ago

THEYRR MAH SHETS!

Girth_rulez

30 points

4 days ago

Sex, Spud. Casual sex!

Love that line, and Spud is my favorite character in any book, ever.

stevep98

61 points

4 days ago*

stevep98

61 points

4 days ago*

There was so much tension built up in that scene. I can’t quite get how they accomplished that... I think the wide angle lens added to it.

HairyBeastMan

1.4k points

4 days ago*

Toilet? How about the dead baby? Or the guy who does because he’s sleeping in cat shit.

This movie...is disturbing af.

*I’m editing this to add that I don’t think I’ve ever got 1000 upvotes on anything before lol.

J-MaL

194 points

4 days ago

J-MaL

194 points

4 days ago

That scene mortified me the toilet scene made me gag but the dead baby just ruined my day

Self_Reddicating

137 points

4 days ago

Yeah, that dead baby scene fucked me up a little. Didn't hurt that I had just had a baby of my own when I watched it. Some shit in your brain changes after having kids, and things like that just hit a lot differently.

TheUnwillingOne

116 points

4 days ago

The dead baby did it for me. Don't regret watching it but wouldn't watch it again either.

I agree with op calling it a feel good movie feels nonsensical, it felt the opposite to me

Dickinmymouth1

37 points

4 days ago

I wouldn’t call it feel good but I have watched it countless times

classyinthecorners

283 points

4 days ago

Ass to ass! Nightmare fuel aka Requiem for a Dream

praftman

207 points

4 days ago

praftman

207 points

4 days ago

Honestly, always thought that scene seemed not particularly dark. Things leading to and from it seemed darker.

PM_ME_RAREST_PEPES

161 points

4 days ago

i just wana be on television 🥺

JizzumBuckett

291 points

4 days ago*

Harry's mother's story is probably the most depressing; withdrawn from the community in the aftermath of her husband's death, abandoned by her junkie son who views her and her meagre possessions as a means to the end of getting heroin when he's stuck, addicted to television as a means of escapism as much as the amphetamine and longing for the past and what used to be.

The others chose their paths. Sara finds her path through loneliness, isolation and slow detachment from reality.

MamaMurpheysGourds

121 points

4 days ago

It's been a while since I've watched RFAD, but her story specifically stuck with me more so than her son's. The duality of her amphetamine-fueled chase for perfection while doing absolutely nothing but watching television every day just fucked with me on a personal level.

JizzumBuckett

35 points

4 days ago

I think it's the perfect combination of grief, loneliness, isolation and disappointment. The possibility of being on the game show acts as a catalyst in giving her hope but leads to addiction to amphetamine through naivety which leads to her mental breakdown, electroconvulsive therapy and presumably incarnation in a mental institution.

Sara Goldfarb's story is depressing before her mental breakdown, but everything that happens to her, before the breakdown and during the time that led to it, was preventable.

Dickinmymouth1

12 points

4 days ago

Requiem for a Dream is definitely more disturbing though. I’ve watched Trainspotting countless times, it’s one of my favourite films, but although I thought Requiem was excellent, I’ve never been able to bring myself to rewatch it.

diabLo2k5

105 points

4 days ago

diabLo2k5

105 points

4 days ago

They used chocolate for this scene I think. This knowledge helps on a re-watch.

djfrankenjuice

43 points

4 days ago

This is my happy thought.

It was a pleasant smelling set.

Stillback7

144 points

4 days ago

Stillback7

144 points

4 days ago

Thank god it wasn't just me. I saw this movie years ago so I was so confused and wondered if I missed something after reading the headline.

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103 points

4 days ago*

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103 points

4 days ago*

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Shep_Meister

40 points

4 days ago

What a lot of people here might have missed from what you described is how close to reality that is for people who are torn between balancing a heroine addiction and trying to achieve stability or some kind of sober normality. Broadly looking at the ratio of people who overcome it to those who fall to it, this movie captured that touch and go experience pretty well.

bsnimunf

470 points

4 days ago

bsnimunf

470 points

4 days ago

It's because Renton comes out relatively unscathed. He lives a hedonistic lifestyle goes around partying and shagging and getting high then at the end he escapes with a big bag of cash that he stole in a heist. Although the film does touch on the the darker sider of heroin addiction it's not really a true reflection of how miserable it really is and it ends in a lock stock and two smoking barrels lads heist.

ass2ass

551 points

4 days ago

ass2ass

551 points

4 days ago

As a former heroin addict I thought it was a very realistic portrayal of heroin addiction. I thought Requiem for a Dream was too fire and brimstone. When I was doing heroin most of it was crashing on other junkies floors or couches, listening to music, watching movies, and thinking up scams or shit to steal with a fairly low risk factor. Eventually though I lost all my friends to getting clean or prison or dying and I was on my own on the streets and it wasn't fun any more. But that bits portrayed in trainspotting as well, when we see Spud passed out in the gutter. Yes, heroin addiction is very bad, but sometimes all it looks like is hanging out and shooting dope with ur buds while you do dumb shit.

mikevago

138 points

4 days ago

mikevago

138 points

4 days ago

The movie even addresses that. "If it wasn't enjoyable we wouldn't do it, we're not stupid. Well, not that stupid."

thenewsoftshoe

176 points

4 days ago

Username checks out

936Switch_sub

80 points

4 days ago

This. When I was on meth I wasn't breaking into cars or homes or having violent psychotic breakdowns - I just played a ton of call of duty and beat my dick like it owed me money. Like, yes, it's a terrible fucking substance that ruins lives and kills on a daily basis, but for most users shit never gets that dire at all. I quit because I wanted to get healthy again and had lost too much weight, on top of getting away from the whole crowd associated with it. Made a clean break and told everyone I used to do it with or get it from that I was done and to not contact me. Never looked back, and it's been almost four years since. Hell I had an easier time quitting it than I do nicotine presently.

It's not bad to be upfront with folks about the dangers of drugs but if you just flat-ass lie about it people will still do them, realize it's relatively benign, and then get caught in the hellish cycle that ruins lives and kills people because their lives start a downward slide that by the time they finally notice it (if they ever do) it's too late.

People shouldn't do hard drugs, especially without a purpose other than "to get high", but you don't tell 'em it'll make their dick fall off if they do use. Because they're gonna use anyway, and when it's a week later and their pecker is still attached they're gonna think they can do as much as they want since all the bad stuff was smoke getting blown up their ass near as they can tell. Then two weeks later they're crawling out of the wreckage of their car that they just careened into a gas station at 60mph during a microsleep episode because they've been awake for two weeks.

bluedot-

91 points

4 days ago

bluedot-

91 points

4 days ago

Good on you for getting clean

ass2ass

75 points

4 days ago

ass2ass

75 points

4 days ago

Preciate ya.

odin_the_wiggler

275 points

4 days ago*

Tommy's death is almost entirely caused by Renton though.

If Renton hadn't stolen the homemade porn tape, Lizzy wouldn't have dumped Tommy, Tommy wouldn't have wanted to try heroin (also supplied by Renton through Mother Superior), and wouldn't have gotten HIV.

I think the only victims in Trainspotting are Spud and Tommy.

Edit: yes, I know, Tommy died of toxoplasmosis.

TinusTussengas

220 points

4 days ago

And anybody that meets Begbie

llamaesunquadrupedo

198 points

4 days ago

That lassie's been glassed, and no cunt leaves till we find out what cunt did it.

citricacidx

41 points

4 days ago

Who the fuck are you?

tumeni_oats

28 points

4 days ago

yahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

rabidbasher

47 points

4 days ago

Duddat*

feodo

25 points

4 days ago

feodo

25 points

4 days ago

"Begbie didnt do drugs either, he just did people"

MonsterRider80

48 points

4 days ago

And I think we're forgetting about that baby... Renton's hallucination during his withdrawals messed me up good.

Guildenpants

63 points

4 days ago

Doesn't he leave spud some money in the end though?

OktoberSunset

115 points

4 days ago

In T2 Spud reveals that giving him the money was not a good thing. Spud was a heroin addict, what happens when you give money to an addict? He just spent all the money on heroin and got really fucked up from it and ended up even worse off than he was before.

LawlersLipVagina

82 points

4 days ago

I did find it funny (and tragic) in T2 that he lost his job because he didn't know what British Summer Time was because he'd spend the last however many years off his nut on smack.

PrintShinji

13 points

4 days ago

God Spud deserved more :(

odin_the_wiggler

54 points

4 days ago

He does, but they shit all over Spud the rest of the movie. Spud does some shitting of his own in that one scene. 😂

fantasticcow

46 points

4 days ago

Naw, it was the straw that broke the camels back. But he didnt cause them to break up. Tommy says as much. "It was that videotape... and that lggy Pop business and all other sorts of shite."

Not4Naught

42 points

4 days ago

Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought Tommy died from toxoplasmosis from the wee kitty he stopped cleaning up after when Lizzy left him and he was so depressed. It’s been a spell since I’ve watched the film but I’ve seen it several times and I swear I remember Renton having a monologue over it as you get a panorama of Tommy’s filthy flat.

Brown42

57 points

4 days ago

Brown42

57 points

4 days ago

I thought the toxoplasmosis was only able to kill him on account of the HIV/AIDS. LOTS of folks have toxoplasmosis right now, it’s generally harmless to healthy people.

Not4Naught

17 points

4 days ago

You’re right, it was the toxoplasmosis that did him in only because of the HIV/AIDS.

ObeseMoreece

46 points

4 days ago

Toxoplasmosis is somewhat common and generally not dangerous to humans, with some exceptions, such as those with full blown AIDS.

MAGMA_CHUNKZ

89 points

4 days ago

I mean having not seen the sequel I always interpreted the end speech as him saying "yeah I'm gonna go be miserable doing all this shit and looking ahead to the day I die" and tacitly admitting to himself he's going to be back on heroin at the soonest opportunity.

ZanThrax

93 points

4 days ago

ZanThrax

93 points

4 days ago

Yeah, that monologue is him already starting to talk himself out of getting clean. He still has disdain for all that normal life stuff. There's a reason he ends the list with "the day you die", not "looking forward to the day you die". For him, getting clean and becoming a normal person is death. At the end of the movie, I figured he'd be dead in alley within a year.

Leather_Mongoose

69 points

4 days ago

I took it the same. To me, it was about how normal life is just as empty and ridiculous as being a junky, and how everything that's consumerist driven is inherently empty and devoid of joy.

ccbuddyrider

1.6k points

4 days ago

ccbuddyrider

1.6k points

4 days ago

If it's "feel good" in the sense that it's a movie that you can watch over and over again, then sure.

But it's not a "feel good" movie in the same way Paddington 2 is.

Other-Crazy

574 points

4 days ago

Other-Crazy

574 points

4 days ago

Paddington The Smack Years. Now there's a film waiting to happen.

historymajor44

161 points

4 days ago

A wise bear always keeps a marmalade hit in his hat in case of emergency.

Other-Crazy

32 points

4 days ago

Quality. 👏

AvoriazInSummer

19 points

4 days ago

When he said he came from Darkest Peru, that wasn’t a place. It was what he was on.

omelette_wrap

32 points

4 days ago

Choose Marmelade.

M4V3r1CK1980

14 points

4 days ago

That wee lassie got marmaladed, and no c#!t leaves till I find out what c#!t did it.

TheCoolDean

514 points

4 days ago

TheCoolDean

514 points

4 days ago

I'm gonna be just like you. The job, the family, the fucking big television. The washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electric tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisure wear, luggage, three piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing gutters, getting by, looking ahead, the day you die.

motophiliac

52 points

4 days ago

This gave me goosebumps just reading it.

Fucking astoundingly good script.

Angryhippo2910

139 points

4 days ago

Choose life.

TDog81

773 points

4 days ago*

TDog81

773 points

4 days ago*

A Dead Baby, Grubby awful glasgow Edinburgh flats, OD's, hallucinations of dead Baby's babies crawling across the ceiling, an absolute psychopath opening someone up with a glass over nothing in a pub, another person dying on their own in a flat of toxoplasmosis after getting hooked on gear via his mates and most everyone else generally just acting like absolute degenerates with no way out of a miserable low income working class existence. I love trainspotting, the film and soundtrack defined an era and its one of my most favorite books but yeah, I wouldn't call it feel good.
Edit: Jesus Christ how could I forget the worst toilet in Scotland too, fucking hell.

blacksoulblueheart

88 points

4 days ago

You forgot the toilet

fnord_happy

26 points

4 days ago

How could one forget the toilet

Derivatives_Trader

50 points

4 days ago

You forgot Tommy got AIDS before Toxoplasmosis. Also horrible.

donkey_tits

44 points

4 days ago

It was the AIDS that made the toxoplasmosis deadly.

Normally it’s not fatal and is actually quite common.

kahnehan

82 points

4 days ago

kahnehan

82 points

4 days ago

*Edinburgh

TDog81

36 points

4 days ago

TDog81

36 points

4 days ago

Jesus Christ, why did I always think it was Glasgow? Corrected

VariedObscurity

52 points

4 days ago*

A lot of it was filmed in Glasgow to be fair.

SetentaeBolg

23 points

4 days ago

A lot of it was shot in Glasgow.

The_ard_defender

78 points

4 days ago

It’s a very rewatchable film. I feel good thinking about the slight semblance of victory at the end of a battle that so many have lost. But I’m not throwing this on as a matinee with my kids.

Also, maybe an unpopular opinion, but T2 was pretty good and gelled nicely with the first but it leaves me feeling very hollow and tormented after watching it

DoktorFreedom

26 points

4 days ago

It’s a movie about getting old. Those can be rough

Tom_Dynamite

22 points

4 days ago

I think what makes the second movie so good is that it's self aware. Sick Boy talks in the first movie how one day you have it and then you lose it and you never really reach those highs again. The second movie is pretty much that. It knows it's not the original and that neither the movie nor the characters in the movie are as good as they were.

The movies work really well to be watched back to back.

historymajor44

550 points

4 days ago

“Now I've justified this to myself in all sorts of ways. It wasn't a big deal, just a minor betrayal. Or we'd outgrown each other, you know, that sort of thing. But let's face it, I ripped them off - my so called mates. But Begbie, I couldn't give a shit about him. And Sick Boy, well he'd done the same to me, if he'd only thought of it first. And Spud, well okay, I felt sorry for Spud - he never hurt anybody. So why did I do it? I could offer a million answers - all false. The truth is that I'm a bad person.”

Yeah, totally feel good /s

Andrew1990M

152 points

4 days ago

Andrew1990M

152 points

4 days ago

You feel good for Spud with the locker at the end? That’s... something.

CX316

98 points

4 days ago

CX316

98 points

4 days ago

To be fair the knowledge of what happens after that locker scene isn't hammered home until the sequel

clapclapsnort

38 points

4 days ago

I man, I shouldn’t have read the comments as I haven’t seen the sequel. You comment sounds ominous for spud. ☹️ no more spoilers for me thank you.

juicewilson

48 points

4 days ago

Its a good sequel. I'd recommend watching the original first on the same day or day before if you can.

0xac1d

43 points

4 days ago

0xac1d

43 points

4 days ago

The spoiler is revealed very early in the sequel, and isn't really much of a spoiler. T2 is a great movie that didn't get nearly enough attention imo.

gracechurch

23 points

4 days ago

Hard agree, one of the best sequels to a 'classic' movie i've seen.

ecstaticsisyphus

28 points

4 days ago

To be fair it is a fun movie, with moments of real despair in between. It’s definitely fast paced and stylish but yeah feel-good is an odd term to call it.

hyperion25000

102 points

4 days ago

This movie makes me feel nostalgic, not really the same as "feel good." The soundtrack always puts me a good mood though.

freerealestatedotbiz

37 points

4 days ago

Born Slippy has to be one of my favorite all time needle drops in any movie

RichardOrmonde

409 points

4 days ago

The amount of fucking idiots allowed to write these shitty articles these days is baffling.

ClarkTwain

110 points

4 days ago

ClarkTwain

110 points

4 days ago

I have a feeling they sometimes do it on purpose to get more clicks.

ThePrincessDiarrhea

58 points

4 days ago

Yes, and may I also recommend Haneke’s classic romantic comedy La Pianiste.

pool-of-tears

26 points

4 days ago

That bathroom...didn’t make me feel good.

0000000000000007

26 points

4 days ago

Single-handedly prevented me from ever wanting to try hard drugs.

DanBeecherArt

62 points

4 days ago

Who the hell watches that movie and thinks it's a 'feel-good' anything?

Muaddib15

238 points

4 days ago

Muaddib15

238 points

4 days ago

I urge anyone who hasnt already to watch the sequal.

One of the best ever and as much as I love the original and of course its iconic a brilliant I actually prefer the sequal.

paperscissorscovid

95 points

4 days ago

  • SPOILER ALERT * The scene at the end when Begbie is chasing him through that house, and Renton is in that small room, Begbie just outside, and Renton stops and starts reminiscing about he and Begbie as kids, and he goes “we had it all before us, didn’t we?” And the camera shot flashes to them as children in that scene. Fucking phenomenal filmmaking

TG-Sucks

70 points

4 days ago

TG-Sucks

70 points

4 days ago

I was hugely worried and skeptical about the sequel. So many of these decade+ sequels are just trash that rehashes the same “hey remember this” scenes, seemingly without a clue to what made the first so good. The one reason I had hope was because surely Danny Boyle would never make such a movie. And thankfully he of course didn’t.

It isn’t at all the same movie, which was the only way to make it, and I absolutely loved it.

permareddit

24 points

4 days ago

Absolutely. I think what it does so well is provide what anyone desperately wants in any sequel really, to bring you back to the feelings of the original film. I found it to be more of an homage to the first than something truly stand alone and this isn’t a bad thing, lots of themes of nostalgia and whatever else; “you’re a tourist in your own youth mark” and all of that. It was just done so, so well, Danny is incredible.

de0503

94 points

4 days ago

de0503

94 points

4 days ago

I won't give any spoilers. But for those who have seen it, their addiction has lasting effect on them. That's why I don't watch the sequel often. It's really depressing.

pbntm2

64 points

4 days ago

pbntm2

64 points

4 days ago

The first one wasn't depressing?

de0503

62 points

4 days ago

de0503

62 points

4 days ago

The first one was also depressing but at least it ends with the monologue by Renton about changing his life. What I'm trying to say is at least the original ends with a hopeful view of their future. But the sequel is a total downer. It's really sad to see them ending up the way they did.

teedo

32 points

4 days ago

teedo

32 points

4 days ago

I mean it's bleak, but it's bleak even for characters who weren't drug addicts. The answer the first film gave was 'well, a shit load of cash and the right attitude is the cure.' Whereas the second film flips a bit on that, 'death comes for everyone, use your time wisely.'

[deleted]

48 points

4 days ago

[deleted]

48 points

4 days ago

I don't think that's the right takeaway from T2. Sick Boy and Renton don't actually seem to be that marked by their addiction, they've both overcome it. Even though they are less than perfect (particularly Sick Boy), they are functional and productive, even if completely amoral. It is only Spud who never really escapes heroin, Franco never touches the stuff at all.

I think the end of T2 is borderline feel-good. Renton has a far happier ending, he reconciles with Sick Boy rather than fucking him over. Spud is once again rewarded for being a nice bloke, and does genuinely have a sense of maturity about him.

TheSnarkySlickPrick2

16 points

4 days ago

As someone who liked Trainspotting but didn't love it. T2 was a fantastic movie that summed up everything I was feeling when I watched the first one, thinking that here guys are wasting their lives on meaningless bullshit and life is just so short. And T2 just hit that home. I liked T2 a lot because in many ways it made the original look even better If I would give the original a 3.5 out of 5, T2 easily gets 4.5 out of 5 from me.

FriedEggsAndCoffee

14 points

4 days ago

I held it together until Renton hugged his dad... then I bawled.

evrythngisawfl

21 points

4 days ago

Has anyone seen the sequel? How was it?

Edward_the_Penitent

42 points

4 days ago

Better than it had any right to be, as far as these things go. Definitely a recommended watch.

donsanedrin

78 points

4 days ago

Its a very unique movie, because it cannot work unless you've watched the first movie, and adored the first movie many years ago to have that nostalgia. Your fond memories of that first movie have to be a few years back in the rearview mirror.

And it taps into that nostalgia, rather effectively, it decides to swim around and pretend like you're living in that moment of life for a brief while, and then it comes back up and basically tells you to say goodbye to the good moments of Trainspotting 1 and move ahead.

Trainspotting 2 basically tells you to say goodbye to Trainspotting 1 and not return to that movie anymore. Its saying that about the concept of nostalgia, in general. Its not a strong movie in terms of narrative, but its attitude and messaging are quite fascinating.

Aikiscotsman

13 points

4 days ago

It makes me feel good about the state of my own toilet

An8thOfFeanor

134 points

4 days ago

There is nothing feel good about a movie where a baby dies from neglect

DrTokinkoff

177 points

4 days ago

DrTokinkoff

177 points

4 days ago

My wife and I were watching this movie while she was pregnant. We had lost the first pregnancy earlier in the year and was still a sensitive subject. I had seen the movie back when it first came out, but she had never seen it before. Right before the dead baby scene, I realized it was a mistake and quickly and “accidentally” stopped the movie. While I got the movie cued up, I was debating on continuing because of the scene. She had gotten up to go to the bathroom and when she returned she asked if we could watch something else because she was getting bored. About an hour into the other movie she asked me what happened to the baby in the movie. Quickly I told her that it was taken away from the druggie parents. Bullet dodged.

newsreadhjw

86 points

4 days ago

You did the right thing

Turbogato

65 points

4 days ago

Turbogato

65 points

4 days ago

You told the truth without the details. So good on you.

Decabet

24 points

4 days ago

Decabet

24 points

4 days ago

Everyone here is taking issue with the "feel good" thing, but if you've ever had to cut yourself free from addicts and shitheads and move away to find not only a better life but a better you then yeah, there's stuff to feel good about here. If you see parts of yourself and your history in Renton then....well, yeah.

VoteYesScotland

9 points

4 days ago

As a Scottish person this film is just amazing. It absolutely nails the local humour. It's morbid and cruel but it's oddly relatable.

The soundtrack is also one of the best ever in my opinion - both in film and listened to on its own.

random_username_94

32 points

4 days ago

I was at university when Trainspotting came out and its the film of our generation.