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In these days of talk shows and tabloids, an ordinary person facing an extraordinary circumstance stands a real chance of becoming a national celebrity. If that person happens to be young and rebellious, he or she could become a cultural icon. Such is the premise of this dark, satirical drama. Cliff Spab (Stephen Dorff), like many his age, is sick to death of his boring small-time, suburban life; he wonders if his life has any purpose or intrinsic value. When young Cliff and his friend head into the local convenience store to get some beer, they do not expect to find themselves taken hostage by terrorists. These terrorists have video cameras as they want their cause to be aired on national TV. The boys and three other customers are held for 36 days. Except for Spab and rich-girl Wendy (Reese Witherspoon), all of the hostages are killed. Spab becomes a cult-hero because he resists the terrorists with his personal motto, "So f*cking what." S.F.W. becomes the new national slogan and appears everywhere, from T-shirts to coffee mugs.


Stephen Dorff
as Cliff Spab
Jake Busey
as Morrow
Pamela Gidley
as Janet Streeter
Richard Portnow
as Gerald Parsley
Ed Wiley
as Mr. Spab
Edward Wiley
as Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey
as Mrs. Spab
Steve Antin
as Dick Zetterland
Soon-Teck Oh
as Milt Morris
Blair Tefkin
as Allison Ash
Steven Antin
as Dick Zetterland
Melissa Lechner
as Sandy Hooten
Lenny Wolpe
as Phil Connors
Natalie Strauss
as Rita Connors
John Roarke
as Phil Donahue Clone/Sam Donaldson Clone
Gary Coleman
as Himself
Amber Benson
as Barbara `Babs' Wyler
China Kantner
as Female Pantyhose Gunman
Kathryn Atwood
as Pebbles Goren
Caroline Barclay
as Mindy Lawford
Sylvia Short
as Doctor Travis
Sandra Phillips
as Female Talent Agent
Gary Grossman
as Male Talent Agent
Michelle Seipp
as Hotel Receptionist
Frank Collison
as Stoner Witness
Stephanie Friedman
as Dori Smelling
Adam Small
as Burger Boy Manager
Ben Slack
as Madison Heights Mayor
Carol Hankins
as Nervous Lady on Talkshow
Kristen Ernst
as Teenage Girl on Talkshow
Mil Nicholson
as Woman at Homecoming
Charles Font
as Burger Boy Worker
John Chaidez
as Burger Boy Worker
Corey Gunnestad
as Burger Boy Worker
Lisa Dinkins
as Reporter
Amber Edam
as Reporter
Susan Harney
as Reporter
Philip Moon
as Reporter
R.W. Wilson
as Reporter
Ada Gorn
as Photographer
Bernadette Elise
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for S.F.W.

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (15)

Audience Reviews for S.F.W.

  • Apr 23, 2009
    The title of the film is very intriguing, that's why I watched it. The plot was ugly and has no sense. The so-called "alien" didn't work for me. The cast were just okay but Reese Witherspoon was interesting. For me it's a waste of time. I didn't liked it.
    Lemuel M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2008
    Stephen Dorff is so so cool in this. I have it on v.h.s but if you get chance to see it i suggest it. Great soundtrack too with an original storyline something that is very rare these days
    Lee K Super Reviewer

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