The Doom Generation (1995)
Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 18
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 9,208
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
Oct 25, 1995 Wide
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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.
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.
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.
Sledgehammer direction, heavy irony and the easiest imaginable targets hardly show talent off to good advantage.
It's a savagely funny ride fueled by Araki's insight and blunt compassion.
A cult classic.....steamy hot, wicked funny
Potentially clever, but ultimately the raw violence isn't creative and therefore is offensive.
Hands-down one of the most horrid examples of filmmaking I've seen in ages.
A note to Gregg: grow up. Really. Move out of your parent's basement, read something other than Salinger, and get a day job.
It's young, it's hip, it's excruciating for anyone who has already survived adolescence.
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).
Audience Reviews for The Doom Generation
- 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?
- Xavier Red: Tell him what?
- Amy Blue: What do you think, doorknob? That we got together!
- Xavier Red: Well, didn't you utterly dig it?
- Amy Blue: That is not the point!
- Xavier Red: Well, what is the point then, get it? Guilt is for married, old people!
- Amy Blue: You're incredible. You're not even human, are you? You're like a life-support system for a cock!
- Brandi: [draws a sword] I am gonna lop his... dick off... like a chicken head.
- Amy Blue: Oh my God. If I don't find my skull lighter, I'll, like, slit my wrists.
- Brandi: But it was her! It was Kitten! That bitch... I'm gonna find her. And I'm gonna kill her.
- Amy Blue: Eat my fuck.
- Amy Blue: If bullshit were music, you'd be a big brass band.
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