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MDMA (2017)

Angie X (original title)
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In 1984, the most powerful drug dealer on the west coast was a 19 year old coed. Based on actual events.

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Angie Wang

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Credited cast:
Francesca Eastwood ... Jeanine
Elisa Donovan ... Mary
Yetide Badaki ... Anita
Pierson Fode ... Alex
Ron Yuan ... Michael
Noah Segan ... Lior
Henry Zaga ... Donnie
Annie Q. ... Angie
Jackie Dallas ... Waitress
Sydney Van Delft ... College Student
Alice Ko ... Mourner
Joseph John Schirle ... Stephen Rockwell
Phillip E. Walker ... Talking Old Dude
Cooper Chow ... Tommy's Uncle
Gary Terranova ... Tall Dark Man
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"Angie" (Annie Q), a damaged girl from a tough urban background, is accepted at a prestigious university in the 80s. When her financial aid is cut, she breaks into the organic chemistry lab and synthesizes the drug Ecstasy. She becomes one of the west coast's largest distributors of "X," cutting deals on campus and in posh nightclubs. Her dual life as "model minority" coed and profit-driven drug dealer is further complicated by her desire to help "Bree," a young girl from the ghetto who reminds Angie of her own dark past. She lives the high life until her recklessness instigates a sudden tragedy from which she may not recover. Will she learns to give and receive the love necessary to transcend her past and step into the light?

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Higher Learning Can Be Pure Ecstasy

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cardinal X See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Partially based on director Angie Wang's youth. She has a silent cameo in the film as the woman who notices the protagonist in the club and gives her a look. See more »

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Angie: You're the gayest straight man that I've ever met.
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Hard to watch, booze, sex, and drugs in 1984.
2 February 2019 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

My wife and I started watching this at home on DVD from our public library. After 11 minutes she said "I'm not really enjoying this" so we switched to a lightweight rom-com.

The next day I finished watching it myself. Many of the "reviews" here are unfair, the movie actually has a lot of positive things to offer. The problem is, the movie is about mostly despicable people exhibiting despicable behavior in 1984. Lots of drugs, sex, and booze. Instead of focusing on college studies. But apparently it is a fairly faithful telling of the writer/director's own experiences.

The movie has no value if there is no redemption and it appears there is. Angie is a Chinese American who grew up in a bad neighborhood, apparently experienced some sex abuse growing up, had been raped by local young men, and her father didn't have the ability to tell her he loved her. As a result of all those factors she was a hardened young lady who found it difficult to form relationships. When her college money ran dry she hit upon the idea to sneak into the chemistry lab and synthesize MDMA, the drug ecstasy.

Is the movie worth viewing? Not for those who like a rather clean, sanitary story. While this will not be a favorite of mine, and I would never want to rewatch it, I am glad I was able to see it once. It shows a slice of life that I am otherwise unfamiliar with.


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