Is the Movie ‘Four Good Days’ Based on a True Story?

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Ever since the first trailer dropped for Four Good Daysinterest has been steadily bubbling up around the stirring addiction drama, which stars Mila Kunis as Molly, a recovering addict who moves in with her mom, Deb (Glenn Close), to try and stay clean. The film first debuted at Sundance last winter, and it’s finally getting a widespread release when it hits theaters next month.

Four Good Days is a story that’s familiar to many Americans, with the opioid epidemic ripping across the country in the past decade. But is Four Good Days about one family’s struggle, or is it pulled from years of stories and experiences from across the U.S.? Is Four Good Days a true story?

Before you watch Four Good Days, here’s what you need to know about the true story behind the emotional drama.

WHAT IS FOUR GOOD DAYS ABOUT?

Four Good Days is about a young woman who is battling a heroin addiction. In an attempt to stop using and stay clean, she moves in with her mom and her stepfather, but also decides to try out an experimental drug that she hopes will cut her cravings. With the help of her mom, Molly tries her best to stay sober and away from heroin, despite her consuming addiction to the drug. Four Good Days stars Mila Kunis, Glenn Close, and Stephen Root.

IS FOUR GOOD DAYS A TRUE STORY?

Yes, Four Good Days is based on a true story. The upcoming film is inspired by “How’s Amanda,” a 2016 article about Amanda Wendler, a woman struggling to maintain her sobriety. While trying to stay clean, Amanda moves in with her mother and stepfather, just like Kunis’ character in Four Good Days. 

IS THERE A FOUR GOOD DAYS BOOK?

While Four Good Days is pulled from real life, the only account of Amanda’s story is from The Washington Post article about her struggle with sobriety. So far, there is no book that’s directly related to Four Good Days.

WHERE TO READ ‘HOW’S AMANDA’:

You can find the article that inspired Four Good Days on The Washington Post website. Fully titled “How’s Amanda? A Story of Truth, Lies, and an American Addiction,” the feature comes from Eli Saslow, a Pulitzer-Prize winning writer and Washington Post reporter who also helped write the screenplay for Four Good Days.

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