This movie begins a little slowly, but by the end, you connect with all of the characters and develop some major empathy for Nick Stahl's character. This movie is one of the rare pieces of art that causes me to reflect on my life and what I should be doing. Although it is a made-for-TV film, it's excellent and emotionally captivating. I recommend it emphatically.
I have yet to see the movie, but I did read the comment below that said "Especially the parents..I have heard of denial, but come on!" Obviously you either have never been an addict or even known one..for you to say something so blatantly WRONG, proves you know NOTHING about heroin addiction or any other kind of addiction for that matter. I know PLENTY of parents that had no idea that their kid was on drugs (Heroin) and their kid died by an OD with a needle sticking out of his/her arm when found. SO, if this movie portrays how hidden the addiction can be by as you say "Denial" then more parents of teenagers should watch the movie for signs. I have lost a total count of 12 friends to Heroin Overdoses one including my own blood brother 5 years ago this April 8th. So, I applaud this film w/out seeing it for showing how easy it is to hide an addiction and also to show how more parents need to be more aware and involved in their kids lives. :)