Intervention is an American television reality show dealing with the struggles faced by many different kinds of addicts. Each episode follows one or two participants, each of whom has a substance dependence or other mentally and/or physically damaging problem. The subjects believe they are being filmed for a documentary on their problem, but their situations are actually being documented in anticipation of an intervention by family and/or friends. During the intervention, each participant is given an ultimatum: go into rehabilitation immediately, or risk losing contact, income, or other privileges from the loved ones who instigated the intervention. Often, other tactics are used to persuade the addicted person into treatment, which vary depending on the situation; some of these include threats to invoke outstanding arrest warrants, applying for custody of the addict's children, foreclosing on the addict's property, and break-up of marriages or other relationships. The producers usually follow up months later to monitor the addicted person's progress and film it for "follow-up" episodes of the series or for shorter "web updates" available on the show's website.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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The Intervention is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Clea DuVall in her directorial debut. The film stars DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat and Cobie Smulders. The Intervention had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2016. It was released in a limited release and through video on demand on August 26, 2016, by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Paramount Pictures.
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The Intervention received mostly positive reviews from critics. It currently holds an 81% “fresh” rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 43 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus states, “The Intervention's familiar plot is enlivened by complex character dynamics and a likable cast.” On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 57 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. Dennis Harvey of Variety gave the film a positive review, writing, “Clea DuVall's debut as writer-director breaks no new ground in themes or execution, but is pleasingly accomplished on all levels.” IndieWire's Kate Erbland gave the film a B+ rating, describing it as “a sharp-tongued and smart observational comedy” and praising DuVall's “crisp and smart” direction. Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times found the film “unfussy, dryly amusing and sincere”, and praised the performances of Lynskey and Smulders. Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times called the film “confident and accomplished” and compared it favorably to The Big Chill. In a review for Entertainment Weekly, Kevin P. Sullivan gave the film a B rating, writing, “The script wobbles between heavy-handed and touching, but the result is a pleasantly nostalgic throwback that's saved from its copy-cat tendencies by charismatic actors.” On the other hand, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy found the film “bland and without consequence” and opined that DuVall ought to have brought on a co-writer to “create more distinctive characters and dialogue”. Nigel M. Smith of The Guardian gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, criticizing DuVall's “misjudgment of tone” in writing it as a comedy rather than fully exploring the “messed up” characters. Writing for Slant Magazine, Diego Semerene called the film's premise unoriginal and formulaic, ultimately describing it as “intolerable”.
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