Two years before visiting meth hell in Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence navigated another drug-shrouded upbringing in Lori Petty’s movie memoir. The loose, languid result isn’t as lively as it may sound but it reinforces Lawrence’s star-with-cred clout. Lawrence channels Jodie Foster as daughter to tweaked-out Selma Blair, whose gun-toting lover is trouble.
A mid-film twist stings but Petty offsets horrors with snapshots of sisterhood; Lawrence is a convincing rock for her siblings (including Chloë Grace Moretz). Protective big sis, hard-knocks life, winning vulnerability? Katniss was hers for the taking.