The Doom Generation

1995, Drama, 1h 10m

34 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Teens Jordan White (James Duval) and Amy Blue (Rose McGowan) pick up a handsome drifter named Xavier Red (Johnathon Schaech). Red tends to create combustible situations -- for example, a trip to a convenience store leads to a clerk getting decapitated. Afterward, the trio voyages through small-town America, where Amy is accosted by various men claiming to be her lovers, and she and Jordan find themselves drawn to Xavier. But can any amount of sex lift the sense of doom hanging over them?

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (18)

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5
  • Imagine Natural Born Killers with a sense of humour.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Self-consciously strives for transgressive nihilism without ever recognizing the sheer absurdity of its every component.

    December 20, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Sledgehammer direction, heavy irony and the easiest imaginable targets hardly show talent off to good advantage.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5

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  • 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
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  • 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.
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