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REVIEW: The Dallas Buyers Club

REVIEW: The Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey  dropped 50 pounds to play a Texas rodeo cowboy diagnosed with  aids in 1986 in a real life story. Told he had just 30 days to live,  heterosexual Ron Woodroof went  almost  immediately from  denial and gay-bashing  into  heavy duty educational mode.  He ultimately  turned to alternative therapies that kept him alive 7 years. He not only prolonged his life, he started illegally importing the  alternatives , charging other aids  and hiv patients a monthly  fee for the  treatment.

Along the way,  he slowly lost his anti-gay prejudices, befriending  a transexaul , played  by  an almost unrecognizable Jared Leto,  who not only also dropped a ton of weight but  stayed in character from the moment he arrived on the set.

Jennifer Gardener is also effective as  a sympathetic  doctor.

Add to this to the 10 best of the year.

4 stars

 

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