On this day 20-years-ago one of the most distressing movies of the 90’s came out, The Basketball Diaries. At least two of our Much.ca team members have distinct memories of this movie forcing them to grow up way too fast. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, in one of his earliest roles, as Jim Carroll, a high school basketball star who becomes addicted to heroine after one of his best friends dies on cancer. Yeah… Pitch Perfect this ain’t.
This is a staple in the Leonardo canon but it isn’t the most…um…”fun” of his movies. But which ones are? Catch Me If You Can? Critters 3?
To celebrate it’s 20th birthday, we have compiled all the things that The Basketball Diaries taught us while stealing our innocence and preparing us for the cruel heartbreaks of the world.
Even If Guys In Groups In The Rain May Look Like The Backstreet Boys, They Are Probably Dangerous
Don’t Fall For The Star Basketball Player, He Is Likely Messed Up
You Will Only Ever Run Through A Meadow In a Trippy Dream Sequence
Doing Something Impressive Once Doesn’t Count. You Have To Do It At Least Twice
Never Trust A Man Who Looks Like Mark Wahlberg
Never Trust Mark Wahlberg Specifically
Your Children Will Only Disappoint You And Make You Cry
But Despite All Of That, There Is Love Out There For Everyone
NAH! Just Kidding! Life Is Meaningless!
RIP Jack Dawson