In 1985 Dallas, a local rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof is diagnosed with AIDS. With no approved medication available, Ron finds his own way to buy drugs for himself, and eventually others.
This small budget film is one of the most interesting Hollywood productions of the recent years. Although based on a true story, the script was allegedly rejected 27 times before being finally financed with the help of Matthew McConaughey. In most cases, the production companies wanted to clean up Ron’s sleazy, corrupted image, and present him more as a philanthropist. In the end, however, it is precisely Ron’s dirty, uncompromised character that carries the story and makes the film interesting. Both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are great as the two leading characters.