The Adderall Diaries
(2015)

Stephen Elliott (James Franco) is a successful author with a troubling childhood.

His mother died when he was a child and his father was physically and psychologically abusive.  He has lived most of his life behaving very destructively and abusing drugs and committing petty vandalism.

He was recently gotten a book deal to write his next book.  He has decided to write about Hans Reiser (Christian Slater), who is a software guru who developed Linux.  He had a volatile marriage and his wife has gone missing.  Despite his claims that his wife has simply gone into hiding to hurt him, the cops have arrested him for her murder and he is on trial.  Stephen is attending court every day and following the case in hopes of writing a best seller.

His previous book was a memoir about his childhood that is about to get released.  At the release party, he is reading from his book talking about how his late father hurt and abused him and his father Neil Elliot (Ed Harris) stands up in the crowd and calls him a liar.  This causes him to question his childhood memories.  In despair, he gets high and goes to a club and sleeps with a random person. He wakes up the middle of next day.  His voicemails include his publisher dropping him for missing an important meeting and a girlfriend (Amber Heard) he was starting a relationship with dumping him.  To make matters worse, he also realizes that he slept through the jury finding Hans Reiser guilty of murder.

He connects with his father and realizes that he is dying and wants to make amends.  While talking, he figures out that while Neil made some mistakes in parenting, Stephen is falsely remembering his father being downright abusive.  A recurring memory of his father handcuffing him until he bled was because Stephen was trying to kill himself and Neil was desperately trying to restrain him.

In the end, he writes over the course of two days about making amends with his father.  His agent reads it and loves it.  She agrees to find him another publisher.  Meanwhile, it is revealed in the news that Hans has finally admitted to killing his wife because she was going to leave him and take his kids and he killed her in anger.  He has shown the cops where her body is buried in exchange for a lesser sentence.

Thanks Jeremy A!

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