The Doom Generation (1995)



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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: Gregg Araki
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On DVD: Aug 4, 1998


as Jordan White

as Amy Blue

as Xavier Red

as Quickiemart Clerk

as Clerk's Wife

as TV Anchorwoman

as TV Anchorman

as Carnoburger Cashier

as Carnoburger Co-Worke...

as Stop 'n' Go clerk

as Quickiemart Clerk

as Barmaid

as Liquorstore Clerk

as FBI Guy

as Goon
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Critic Reviews for The Doom Generation

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2006
Top Critic

Imagine Natural Born Killers with a sense of humour.

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

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

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for The Doom Generation


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.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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

_kelly .King

Super Reviewer


Cheesy, sleezy and gory. Rose McGowan still manages to badly act, but James Duval is really endearing somehow. It's worth the watch..but don't get too invested.

Keysha H

Super Reviewer

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