The Adderall Diaries

Synopsis: As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott's cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant's friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser's wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Pamela Romanowsky
Production: A24 and DIRECTV
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

Okay, now are you ready?

- Yeah.

- Okay. We're gonna...

You gotta hold on tight.

Squeeze, squeeze.

You ready?

You're the one who should be

in front of the camera.

What are you doin'

hidin' back there?

There she is,

ladies and gentlemen,

the most beautiful woman

in the world.

Just like out of a fairy tale.

Wave to daddy.

- Daddy.

- Hi, daddy.

- Throw daddy a kiss.

Get off me.

Get the f*ck off me.

I just wanna sleep.

Shut up!

Get up!

Help! Somebody help.


Pick up the phone!

I can't find it.

I got some news

you're gonna want to hear.

Oh, yeah, what?


Loved the proposal.

Shut the f*ck up!

We've got a deal.

- Are you serious?

- That's awesome!

- Yeah.

They're wiring the money today,

and I got you twice

what you asked me for.

What? You're the best!


Yeah, I'm a miracle worker.

Holy shit!

That's great.

So why...

What now?


So now you write it.

All they need is a 20-page

excerpt every month

and other than that

you're a free man...

Oh, and they wanna have

a party in a few weeks...

Black tie, canapes,

et cetera, et cetera.

Whoa! What?

Go buy yourself

a nice suit.

All right!

Okay, hon.

Talk later.

Pour it, when you pour it.

First bucket, baby!

- First bucket!

- No, no.

That's one, that's one,

that's one! Bam!

Yeah, yes, motherfucker!

I will ruin you!

Your kids will weep

at your funeral!


No, no, no!

No, no, no!

Come on, man!

That's what I'm talkin' about.

That's my money.

Give me that money!

You pay up, bitch.

Gimme that money!

You son of a bitch.

Really? What is this,

a down payment?

Hey, you missed everything.

I know, I know. I had to

go to the courthouse.

Yo, come on.

What are you doin'?

- It's over, right?

- No, we're watchin' the recap.

I gotta watch this real quick.

Woman on TV:

No body, no weapon.

Next week

Hans Reiser goes on trial

for the murder of his wife.

Big questions arise...

Did he kill her,

or did she simply

leave her family

to escape a bad marriage.

It's a haunting story

as the investigation of

Nina Reiser continues.

The direct

physical evidence against Hans

is limited,

but police have built

a detailed circumstantial case.

Police have confirmed they

believed Hans Reiser acted alone.

- According to some, Nina...

- What is this?

It's Hans.

He made the Linux

operating system...

Big nerd celebrity.

I'm profiling the case

for wired.

Hans says he lives for his kids.

In divorce court,

a critical ruling...

Hans lost legal custody

of his precious children.

His life was falling apart.


I don't know where Nina is.

All I know is that the woman

that I love is gone

and her children keep asking me

when she's coming back

and I don't know

what to tell them.

I'm just a husband and a father.

I'm a victim in all this.

No one took Nina,

no one hurt her.

She just left.

Nina left her family.

And with that,

the last man known

to have seen Nina alive heads

back to his cell.

Hey, can you get me in?

- To the trial?

- Yeah.


Where is Nina?



Hey, Stephen, it's Jen.

I know you know those pages

are due at penguin next week.

I hope it's going well.

Give me a call.

Hey, man. It's Josh.

I got you the Reiser interview.

You're welcome.

Call me.

Who are you?

I'm Stephen Elliott.

Uh, look,

I'm not talking to reporters.

I'm not a reporter.

I just want to write a book.

Well, that's kind of hard

to trust your kind of people.

Writers, they have a way

of spinning things

the way they want to.

Yeah, I know. I have a

lot of ex-girlfriends

who have accused me

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Pamela Romanowsky

Pamela Romanowsky is a film director and screenwriter best known for her 2015 film The Adderall Diaries, an adaptation of Stephen Elliot's memoir of the same name. more…

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