It's soured by the weird, strong-played tirade it goes on in final act about truth, America, and being a mensch (George Washington and a cherry tree?) but there's a lot to see: it's the confident, semi-autobiographical script by Eszterhas, it's Kevin Bacon playing a snake (adore him, thanks to my mom), it's the above average direction. I think it's a lovely movie, coming of age,rock n roll,just good vibes all around.
Another film showing that Brad Renfro couldnt have played a sympathetic character if he had tried, because he tried here and failed miserably. I never liked him at all, but that negative feeling sometimes worked in films where he was supposed to be disliked, like Bully. The funniest scene in this is him (with a straight face) saying "Duh! Duh!" to a mirror, trying to say "The" with his alleged "accent". DUH indeed.