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The Doom Generation (1995)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 7

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Billed as "a heterosexual movie by Gregg Araki," The Doom Generation is the director's self-styled bad-taste teen film. Amy Blue (Rose McGowan) is an obnoxious teenage speed freak and her boyfriend Jordan White (James Duval) is a passive, slow-witted poseur who won't have sex with her because he's terrified of AIDS (even though they both claim to be virgins). One day, they run across Xavier Red (Johnathon Schaech), a charming but enigmatic drifter who has a bad habit of killing people. Joining

Aug 4, 1998

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Striking to look at, though often offensively opportunistic, this mainly comes across as a throwaway shocker with energy to spare. There's not much thought in evidence though.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A nihilistic comedy about a trio of alienated youngsters, pic is bold not only in its art design, but also in its narrative and tone, a mixture of satire and horror with heavy dosage of steamy sex and macabre violence.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Inspired by Godard's classic Band Apart, Araki's fifth feature is his most audacious and most technically accomplished film to date, reflecting the larger than usual budget and gained experience.

June 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Imagine Natural Born Killers with a sense of humour.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Sledgehammer direction, heavy irony and the easiest imaginable targets hardly show talent off to good advantage.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's a savagely funny ride fueled by Araki's insight and blunt compassion.

May 12, 2001
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For the terminally hip and/or terminally adolescent.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Self-consciously strives for transgressive nihilism without ever recognizing the sheer absurdity of its every component.

December 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

A cult classic.....steamy hot, wicked funny

March 11, 2005
Moviehole

Potentially clever, but ultimately the raw violence isn't creative and therefore is offensive.

July 14, 2003
About.com

I'd step on a thumbtack before watching it again.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Hands-down one of the most horrid examples of filmmaking I've seen in ages.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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A note to Gregg: grow up. Really. Move out of your parent's basement, read something other than Salinger, and get a day job.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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It's young, it's hip, it's excruciating for anyone who has already survived adolescence.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

After seeing all the mayhem and watching how retarded and alienated the teens acted, the film felt as healthy as a combined diet of junk food and crystal meth (speed).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As a stylish black comedy, it is impressively uncompromising and should be applauded.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Doom Generation

Never has a film been so undeserving of the 'Modern Classic' tag that it has been awarded. Even people who declare it a 'cult' film probably only do so because they've seen very few films. It's amateurish, it's cheap, it's devoid of anything new or intelligent. Nowhere was a crap film but the ending was so brilliant I gave it a much better rating than it deserved, this time I'll give it the low rating it actually deserves. Gregg Araki is and was better than this in my opinion, I'm glad he realised this and made Mysterious Skin and will continue to make good films and stops listening to John Waters who was recently quoted asking him to make 'Old school Gregg Araki films again'
May 16, 2011
SirPant

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Pretty sure this was written by a 9 year old who learned the f word. It makes no sense, and they constatnly insult each other using phrases I've not heard since middle school. It gets 1.5 stars for being strange and having killing and a few short blissful moments of Rose McGowan. Otherwise I wanted strangle every character in it.
July 10, 2009
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Curtis Lilly

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This movie has a consistent and unique tone, which is why I wasn't surprised this was an Araki film. Araki is fantastic with tone, and in this film, he creates an alternate electro junkie 90s fever-dream where the world is always on the edge of ending and everything is distorted into symbols and pop art to convey the indescribable desperation and fear the characters think rests naturally within their souls. The soundtrack is near constant, and is as much an important character as the three people this film focuses on. The story is an odd love triangle set in post modern crazy land, with the repeated incidents of sudden deadly violence and cases of unforgivable mistaken identity pushing the plot from one sex scene to another.

This film pulls into the world of these three characters so fully. Rose McGowan creates the paradigm of the annoying junkie girl from the 90s and it plays well off the sensitive stoner and daring bad boy cutouts of characters. Definitely a film for people who feel like thinking about what they are watching, as much of the detail is in symbolic 90s art creations and the main plot points reference not reality, but B movies. Watching this movie is like falling into an abyss of the 1990s and its complacent pessimism. The film just leaves one feeling unsettled and in this way perfectly captures its era and what its characters are feeling and conveys that to the audience.

Fantastic ending, a real blinder that works so well.

Cool cameos: Parker Posey and Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction

"Most Fucked Up" highlight: head still talking, the conclusion
December 2, 2008
Stinger839

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    1. Amy Blue: I'm so mad at you, I could rip your testicles off and staple them to your ankles. What the fuck did you have to go and tell Jordan for?
    2. Xavier Red: Tell him what?
    3. Amy Blue: What do you think, doorknob? That we got together!
    4. Xavier Red: Well, didn't you utterly dig it?
    5. Amy Blue: That is not the point!
    6. Xavier Red: Well, what is the point then, get it? Guilt is for married, old people!
    7. Amy Blue: You're incredible. You're not even human, are you? You're like a life-support system for a cock!
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Brandi: [draws a sword] I am gonna lop his... dick off... like a chicken head.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Amy Blue: Oh my God. If I don't find my skull lighter, I'll, like, slit my wrists.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Brandi: But it was her! It was Kitten! That bitch... I'm gonna find her. And I'm gonna kill her.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Amy Blue: Eat my fuck.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
    1. Amy Blue: If bullshit were music, you'd be a big brass band.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (15 months ago)
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