A good sort of a dark parody of 80s teen movies. The set up is a bit better than what it turns into in the last 40 or so minutes, though. Crispin Glover's performance is absolutely phenomenal and hilarious and the movie suffers for every scene his character isn't in.
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".
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.
This is a halfway decent film about the youth's desensitized perception of death. The nonchalance and indifference, if not entertainment, as a result of death is a very realistic portrayal, even twenty or so years later. Crispin Glover was surprisingly great in this. You're better off seeing Bully instead, but this is an '80s gem.
californian desolation, teenage boredom there is something so great about its style, a sort of ugliness that's almost sophisticated. you can't completely relate to the way the characters think and feel and yet you understand them. keanu reeves is strangely strong in the film, depicting well confusion, moral conflicts, and self-discovery. a film that is deceptively smart.
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.