‘A Million Little Pieces’ Film Review: James Frey’s Fabricated Rehab Memoir Follows a Familiar Big-Screen Path

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‘A Million Little Pieces’ Film Review: James Frey’s Fabricated Rehab Memoir Follows a Familiar Big-Screen Path
Even if you haven’t actually read “A Million Little Pieces,” you’ve likely heard of it. A runaway bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection first released in 2003, James Frey’s purported memoir became a literary scandal when it was revealed to have been largely fabricated; the ensuing controversy saw Random House offer refunds and Oprah excoriate Frey on live television.

Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have made a film adaptation of the book well over a decade later, collaborating on the script with her behind the camera and him in front of it. To say that the filmmakers didn’t strike while the iron was hot would be an understatement, but the film isn’t entirely without its merits.

You know the setup: our substance-abusing hero hits rock bottom, gets sent to rehab despite refusing to admit he has a problem, makes life miserable for everyone trying to help him,
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