A recently orphaned girl (Diane Lane) and her cousin (Laura Dern) and sister (Marin Kanter) start a punk rock band, touring with two established metal and punk rock bands. A cynical commentary on teen angst and rampant consumerism.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous StainsDirected byLou Adler
When it starts it looks like it might be snark but no bite, then the realisation that its grim settings and politics are no mere fashion statement. Its cynicism (blasting commercialism, male insecurity, media representation) allows room for genuine empathy for its underdogs. I was moved, not least by the idea that teenage girls with a mic would find an audience calling it like they see it.
Unremarkable youth rebellion picture is notable mostly for the presence of young actors who would later make it big, including Diane Lane, Ray Winstone, and Laura Dern. Bland and instantly forgettable as it plods through a cliched, predictable story.