No surprise, new memberships in Alcoholics Anonymous surge after the start of January. But, those who see the movie version of "The Girl on the Train" might decide to stop the excessive drinking asap.
In the film, based on Paula Hawkins' book, the three women are all a mess. Each in her own way.
Rachel can't absorb how her marriage and career as a publicist slipped away. She rides the train from Westchester County into Manhattan daily, as if she still had a job. (A lawyer in AA who lost his job did exactly the same thing.)
Megan is a serial runaway but towards nothing. She is risking her comfortable suburban lifestyle as a wife through multiple affairs. Get this: One is with her therapist.
Anna enjoys the chase way too much. In a marriage with Rachel's husband she is at loose ends and bored. Motherhood isn't enough. She had been alive when she had been The Other Woman.
But it's Rachel, as drunk, who has no credibility. Yet, at the end of this whodunit, Anna tells the detective that it was Rachel who was right all the time.
Also, since she is a blackout drunk she accepts the information her husband supplies about how she behaved under the influence. That fills her with self-hate. Continually she in the state of mea culpa. Late into the film, we find out what really had taken place.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the movie falls short of the book. But, it remains a useful tutorials to both females and males about how booze can kick off a scary trip on the downward trajectory.
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