A group of high school friends must come to terms with the fact that one of them, Samson, killed another, Jamie. Reactions vary, as Layne is intent on protecting Samson and smuggling him out of the state, while others think it’s best to go to the police…
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It is a special gift when something comes into ones life that is both this maniacally dark and giddily silly. Interestingly: Danyi Deats, who debuted so memorably as the naked dead girl in River's Edge, has two subsequent screen credits, in which her characters are designated "Woman in Tattoo Parlour" and "Junkie." And of course Crispin Glover is the greatest conceptual-artist-as-movie-actor cinema has ever known.
I went to school with this guy who was clearly a sociopath; he told people he shot and killed his dog for fun and sexually harassed everyone regardless of sex and looked like a malicious goblin. Kind of like the characters in this movie. This was a bit too intense and close to life for me. I've never been involved in a murder, but I sadly know people like these mooks. It's pretty tragic.
"I don't like killing people, but sometimes it's necessary". Amazingly well-paced and insightful portrait of 80's droputs generation with brilliant role of Dennis Hopper, one of his best fresh start roles. I enjoyed Daniel Roebuck's creation as well.
You can definitely see how this film may have influenced "Bully" and "Palo Alto". It's definitely a different-type of dark teen drama. Directed by Tim Hunter who wrote "Over the Edge", another awesome dark teen film, he definitely knows how to portray darkness in adolescents and the hopelessness during that time. One of the highlights is Crispen Glover's hyper performance that steals the show.
The "L'Étranger" for the 80s slackerdom. The nostalgic "Stand by Me" -setting is permeated with glimpses of true darkness.
For a post-existentialist viewer of today, the 80s retroaesthetic packs a serious punch, as the characters dissolve in empty capitalist realism. A little cousin to "Blue Velvet".