Amy Blue (Rose McGowan) is wallowing in a boring relationship with her high school sweetheart Jordan White (James Duval) when white-hot drifter Xavier Red (Johnathon Schaech) literally lands on their car and climbs aboard.
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What. The fuck. Have I just seen. I mean, I can't even tell if I was amazed or disgusted, how could I ever rate it? Four random stars, watch it if you dare. // Edit: Rewatched. (After four days.) I wish I could forget it, and watch it all again like it was the first time – but this movie's just unforgettable. So many things to say, I'll just shut up and drop these five random stars.
Outrageous, violent, and hilariously repetitive, The Doom Generation feels like Gregg Araki perfecting his cinematic style (kind of like Wes Anderson with The Grand Budapest Hotel). The cast is well-suited to Araki's clever dialogue, but it is Parker Posey who steals the whole movie with an incendiary, scenery-chewing, two-minute cameo as one of McGowan's ex-lovers: "I'm gonna lop his dick off like a chicken head!"
Araki followed up the confrontational films 'The Living End' and 'Totally Fucked Up' with this anarchistic take on the love triangle fueled with teen angst, an indie soundtrack and a nihilistic spirit. What's surprising after twenty plus years is how well it holds up. McGowan was never better than this iconic turn and was well supported by the male leads as well as Araki's visual sense and humorous stunt casting.
Did I like DOOM GENERATION when it came out? Man, complicated question. Complicated, but I'm gonna say no. So why does it fill me w/ joyous nostalgia now? Because that's the way if often works. Araki's movies were always sorta stubbornly 'on the nose.' DOOM GENERATION almost self-reflexively ends up being about how 'on the nose' it is. Deathglitter hubris of the Lollapalooza generation (Perry Farrell even shows up).
'Look, you fucking chunky pumpkinhead!' I LOVE this film so so much but I definitely don't understand why they have to run over the dog. And, please, before you want me to understand why Amy did that: I know what they are talking about in that moment...sorry, but in this film, that's totally unnecessary (yes, I'm that kind of person that cares more about animals than humans). At least I know Amy was sorry about that.
I'm sure the unrated version of this is less dull. I wouldn't know, because Netflix is only streaming some labeled-as-unrated-but-actually-cut-to-shit version that divests it of whatever shock value it may or may not possess. And I'm not sure any amount of sex and gore can make the null-node acting or witless dialogue any better. Though said flaws do jive with the second-hand nihilism of the piece.
Insufferable. I get what Araki was trying to do but I really didn't care. The violence and sex was fun but the dialogue was awful and got repetitive and boring. I simply wasn't entertained enough (for 85 mins, this film felt much longer). I respect what this film is trying to do more than I enjoyed it. Interesting but, I don't think I'll be revisiting it again any time soon.