Director: Gus Van Sant
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Johah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black
In the 1970s, 21-year-old John Callahan (Phoenix), a young slacker with a drinking problem, nearly dies in a car accident that leaves him a quadriplegic. This catastrophe is the first step on a tortuous road to recovery; he is encouraged by his girlfriend (Mara) and a peculiar mentor (Hill), who lead him to become one of the most famous cartoonists in the world. The film is a paean to perseverance, struggle, and hope in the face of adversity.