Disturbing Behavior Reviews
A handsome young student Steven (James Marsden) who is still suffering from the untimely death of his older brother and his family have just moved from Chicago to an idyllic village in the northwest. As he starts school, Steve finds the usual cliques, the strangest being a group called "the Blue Ribbons;" they're the handsomest jocks and most beautiful co-eds and seem perfect but have a bad habit of beating people up - and getting away with it. Steve is befriended by a stoner (Nick Stahl) and a punk girl (Katie Holmes) who shares his suspicions about the Blue Ribbons. Once the three realize the reason for the abrupt behavior changes, they must find a way to stop
it, before they are next.
The film definitely has something to say about our post-consumerist culture in the late 1990's which lead us to where we are at now in our cultural malaise. It is about society's obsession with perfection, narcissism, & very shallow values. I also see the metaphor for cultural & media brainwashing in the film, where people who claim to have all the "answers" lead other unsuspecting dopes down the "primrose" path to destruction. The popular kids are all rich, conservative, & perfect. There is no room for independent thought where in my view our nation is already at. Happiness defined by money & a list of unnumbered wants & needs created by the consumerist crowd. The film is better than a lot of these kinds of films that came out in the late 1990's. I also thought it was a better film than the "Stepford Wives" which it has been compared to. The film is underrated but still very good with a large deeper meaning & way ahead of its time.
starring:james marsden (the X-men triology) katie holmes (tv's dawson's creek teaching mrs. tingle the gift batman begins and phone booth) nick stahl (the man without a face mirrors 2 teriminator 3:rise of the machines and the thin red line) steve railsback bruce greenwood (rules of engagment and eight below) william sadler AKA bill sadler (die hard 2:die harder bill and ted's bogus journey tv's tales from the crypt tales from the crypt presents:demon knight tales from the crypt presents:bordello of blood and the mist) chad E. donella (final destination and saw:the final chapter) ethan embry (can't hardly wait we were soldiers and wes craven presents:they) and katharine isabelle (ginger snaps 1-3 and bones).
release date:july 24th 1998
film's rating:R for strong horror violence disturbing images brief nudity and language.
directed by:david nutter (director of the X-files).