Gimme a break!
That's all the technical stuff. As for the story, it really laked something. It portrayed skinheads as these ruthless rapist killer gang. Which is ok, but there was no real reason why they did what they did. With many of the other skinhead movies it develops a little into the minds of the skinheads and you begin to get why they do what they do. This is just showing white trash hurting people. I hate to be so cliche as to compare this to American History X, but at least in that you knew how Edward Norton became a skinhead. What motives he had. Why he did what he did...
"So like have you ever been raped before?" "No, my dad used to touch me, but that's ok, he did tat to all my sisters too" "My dad used to f*ck me" "I guess my dad's not that bad then, I could go back home now" -> WTF??? I love how they trivialize serious shit in this movie.
All in all it had the right message if you put hate into the world bad shit comes back to you. I can't help but think, though, if they re-shot a few scenes, dropped a few of the laughs in inappropriate moments, this could have been a great film. However, most of the really emotional scenes were just not done right and were more laughable than cry-able. All in all this was a total "almost" movie.
I rented this because Ebert gave it a positive review, but looking back on it I think he hated Fight Club more than he liked Pariah.
Awful dialogue, characters acting without motivation, sometimes in direct opposition in how they would react in anything resembling reality, and the weird sensation that the writer has never actually met anyone in his life. Black people approach women to harass them and then punch them in the face, parties are crashed by skinheads with no attempt to call police, not out of cowardice, but more politeness and the characters act like they're in a high school play.
The plot synopsis below is astounding, how anyone could notice subtleties of our lead vigilante noticing or emphasizing with anyone is beyond me. He mopes, yells and stands silently, all very poorly. I had no idea what was going on in any of the characters minds at all. Let me just say this here is a stinkeroo and best avoided.