Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2012

© 2011 EBERSOLETTI FILMCO, INC. IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE EBERSOLE HUGHES COMPANY TIGHT SHIP PRODUCTIONS

For the most part, this is one of those interesting-only-to-fans rock-docs about a musician, in this case likable lesbian drummer Patty Schemel of Hole, who falls into the old drugs-and-alcohol trap. The already weak narrative about this relative unknown is not well served in the first two thirds by several inevitably overshadowing clips of Kurt Cobain and asshole-rock queen Courtney Love, but we at least find out who she is, which makes the third act, chronicling her trip to street hell and tricking for drugs before snapping out of it (not a spoiler; it’s in the film’s subtitle), relevant and even moving.