It was 4 stars until the last ten minutes when I felt the expertly balanced asphalt black comedy tipped the line into unnecessary & ill-fitting horror, kind of removing the punchiness, joy & kitschness it had earnt up until that point. Expert framing,with Araki's comic book stamp- never dull,SEXY as HELL Excellent comment on consumerist, christian belt americana - especially relevant now -see what u did there mubi ;)
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.
90s snapshot that must be taken on its own terms. I don’t know why the kinds of people who revere Godard’s hetero anti-cinema fuckery can’t get off on Araki's homo fuckery too. Like the movie's Robert Mapplethorpe lookalike, X, Araki queers scenes of eye-rolling irony with moments of piercing honesty, even shocking sadness. The movie is like the characters: beneath their blasé posturing they're human, all too human
Araki's treatment of taboo is, as always, indelible, and set to the perfect score. Lots to process beneath the positively b-movie facade of bawdy hyperviolence, volatile teen hubris and surrealist sexual awakening. Can only really describe it as like Lynch shoved through a luridly nineties blender.