I could easily hate Korine's work for what I think makes a good film. Although what he is actually striving to accomplish in his films is catching a specific mood or ambience rather than telling a linear story, and in that he succeeds with flying colours. If you don't like Korine's films at least watch this to see Herzog drink Robitussin from a slipper.
What an astounding film. This really blew me away. Such passion in the performances. Such beauty in the presentation. Such reality in the film. These are characters that you sympathize for, yet study deeply. The sound production also impressed me very much. Some very wild musical moments bring this dysfunction to life. The script is full of lines that will make you laugh, yet stop mid-way and think. Beautiful film!
I overlooked this film on arrival, but I was wrong. It seems like one of the most original films of the 90s, and an improvement on Gummo in the sense that Korine no longer hides behind the wish for an "authorless" film. This film was _made_, in the best sense, by extraordinary artists who work their asses off but don't give a damn if you like them or not.
Watching this movie would brush off any petty faith in idealisms that concern humanity, with a stroke of harsh realism. Julien might be the real embodiment of a conservative american whose schizophrenia is expressed through obsessive and delusional beliefs about religion and god. Mental Illness, abusive dads, miscarriage, religious mania, wrestling; this movie couldn't be more white trash. Normality is a privilege.