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The Fix is an addiction redemption story that’s optimistic, but not entirely rosy. It centers on Junior, a 34-year-old parent from the Bronx who’s committed to staying sober after spending most of his life as an addict (heroin is his drug of choice). He lost custody of his first daughter but is determined to be a real father to his second, even though he lives with his wife and child in a shelter. (“Being a parent is not just having them and leaving them,” Junior says, one of his many see-the-light insights.) He’s also receiving treatment for hepatitis C; a methadone clinic helps him with both diseases throughout the filming of the doc. The Fix doesn’t get a critical pass for its good intentions, though. Even though it runs a mere 72 minutes, Junior repeats himself a lot, and the film sometimes abruptly veers off to focus on a couple of the clinic’s other patients, one of whom is not so successfully fighting her own battle. The doc also relies a bit too heavily on music and shots of flowers, greenery, and blue skies as emotional cues. It is inspiring, though, to see Junior rise to the position of peer educator and even lobbyist, giving eloquent and often entertaining speeches about his experience. His rock-bottom testaments reaffirm his heartrending claim in an opening scene: “This life ain’t for nobody.”