The title of Meg Smaker’s nonfiction short is a jokey reference to the alleged prevalence of drugs on California’s Bethel Island. In this film, a quartet of residents speak frankly (though briefly) about the circumstances surrounding their respective addictions.
Smaker deserves credit for locating four people that are willing to open their lives for the camera and freely discuss the impact of drugs on their lives. But the 12-minute running time denies Smaker and her subjects the ability to explore the issue with any degree of depth. As a result, this short is just too short to make any sort of an emotional statement – although looking at these four people, it becomes very obvious that meth will not give you a healthy and radiant complexion.