S.F.W. (1994)

S.F.W. (1994)

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Movie Info

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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Gramercy Pictures

Cast

Stephen Dorff
as Cliff Spab
Jake Busey
as Morrow
Pamela Gidley
as Janet Streeter
Ed Wiley
as Mr. Spab
Richard Portnow
as Gerald Parsley
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
Francesca Roberts
as Kim Martin
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
Jerome J. Front
as Reporter
Susan Harney
as Reporter
Philip Moon
as Reporter
Joanne Takahashi
as Reporter
R.W. Wilson
as Reporter
Ada Gorn
as Photographer
Jon Bjarni Gudmundsson
as Photographer
Bernadette Elise
as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for S.F.W.

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for S.F.W.

I gave this another look as part of my experiment to revisit the '90s and I have to say that I was not impressed, because for every Singles, we got something like this, which just felt filled with posturing but no real soul or heart. Rental at best. Hell, you might wanna skip it.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

A very misunderstood film from the mid-90's. Definitely a social commentary & a repudiation of the entire media in the US. As a Writer of 2 political thrillers; I always wanted to read the book & probably will someday. The Spab character played by Dorff is made into a cultural icon by the media & essentially exploited for profit by the same people. His disillusionment with society is apparent in the film. The view that he propagates in the film: That nothing really matters. Gets you to think that man places value on things that don't really matter. Or does everything matter? It depends on your perspective; I suppose. Lots of good performances here. I liked to recommend obscure films like this, because they are worth seeing & nobody has heard of them. This movie was way ahead of its time. A must see.

David Bocek
David Bocek
½

This movie was a complete mess! Badly filmed, corny storyline, and like watching a train wreck. The only plus was Stephen Dorff was hot as hell back in 1994 so it made the movie barely watchable. Avoid!

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