Stevo and Bob are two friends fresh out of college who sport mohawks and blue hair, listen to hardcore music, and try to live up to their own anarchist ideals while figuring out what to do with their lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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It's like a propaganda film disguised as a punk film. And the 'message'? That rebellion is merely the folly of youth, and if you don't grow up and stop acting out against the system - well...you'll die. haha. I can almost see Lillard's character narrating this as an old man: "Some of us 'grew up' and survived, but some of us were just too immature, & the world ate'em" Holy shite! ha Was this movie directed by a cop?
"Wouldn't it be more of an act of rebellion if you didn't spend so much time buying blue hair dye and going out to get punky clothes? You wanna be an individual, right? You're wearing a uniform. You look like a punk. That's not rebellion...that's fashion. Rebellion happens in the mind. You can't create it. You just are that way."
Light, funny and insightful. Lots of great comments on the process of both finding and securing an identity. Another film about youth that has found itself caught in the inescapable dungeon of popularity, and has consequently been attached to a stigma. If you can bare to overlook the fact that other people might actually know about the film, it's quite enjoyable and intelligent.
It'll be interesting to see what SLC Punk 2 turns out like. I love this film but i'm not actually sure whether I'd still class it as a 'favourite' of mine. Certain parts of it bug me. Watched it yesterday for the first time in about 4 years. Hmm.
Amazing little film. Great performances from a great collection of late 90s actors and one of the best soundtracks to ever accompany a film. This movie gets no respect, but the cult is always growing. Hopefully the Criterion Collection can pick it up off of Sony, it really needs it
When I first watched the film about five years ago I loved its fast pace, sodtk, and Summer Phoenix-ness. I watched it again tonight and got a bit annoyed with all the class division but still got swept up in Heroin Bob's character and basically the last half hour of the movie when Stevo gets wise. I remember being paranoid that my drunken roommate was going to die in his sleep so I'd always flip him sideways.
Me gustó mucho la forma en que fue llevado este film narrativamente. Al cabo de un tiempo de venir siendo punk, se da cuenta que nada va a cambiar la realidad, caso peculiar que nos pasa a todos cuando crecemos y dejamos de ser rebeldes. Se volvió de mis favoritos. 5 estrellas.