The Doom Generation

1995

The Doom Generation

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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 the young couple on a seemingly endless road trip, Xavier (or "X,"as the verbally challenged Jordan insists on calling him), proves a threatening and repulsive yet strangely alluring companion whose very presence raises issues of loyalty and sexual identity. The Doom Generation is dotted with a variety of eccentric cameo appearances, including comic Margaret Cho, actress Parker Posey, musician Perry Farrell, "Hollywood Madame" Heidi Fleiss, and onetime Brady Bunch star Christopher Knight. This is the middle installment in Araki's "teen apocalypse trilogy," which also includes 1993's Totally F***ed Up and 1997's Nowhere. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

James Duval
as Jordan White
Rose McGowan
as Amy Blue
Bustin Nguyen
as Quickiemart Clerk
Margaret Cho
as Clerk's Wife
Lauren Tewes
as TV Anchorwoman
Christopher Knight
as TV Anchorman
Nicky Katt
as Carnoburger Cashier
Johanna Went
as Carnoburger Co-Worker
Perry Farrell
as Stop 'n' Go clerk
Dustin Nguyen
as Quickiemart Clerk
Heidi Fleiss
as Liquorstore Clerk
Don Galloway
as FBI Guy
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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.

    Jan 14, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    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.

    Jun 20, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Imagine Natural Born Killers with a sense of humour.

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

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • It's a savagely funny ride fueled by Araki's insight and blunt compassion.

    May 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for The Doom Generation

  • Nov 07, 2012
    Too weird to ignore, too nihilistic to enjoy. And wow, is James Duval a complete idiot as one of the three leads - a 10.5 on the Keanu scale. Awesome soundtrack.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2009
    I thought that this was a very poor excuse of a movie. It was as if the director was trying too hard to prove that his vision in this movie was artistic. Well, film making is an art, but not everyone is going to like it. This was a movie I didn't like. The only thing I liked about this movie was Rose McGowan, otherwise this was a complete waste of my time. This really didn't even feel like it had a story to it. Everything seemed to feel like it was way too forced.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2008
    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 . Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2008
    A wee bit crappy. Gregg Araki is clearly doing things just to shock and put them out there and...it doesn't really work.
    John B Super Reviewer

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