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Critic Reviews for Spetters
Imagine a Mike Leigh film set in Holland with motorbike stunts, packed with authentic action sequences and sexual frankness...
A resolutely humorless (though sometimes unintentionally funny) Dutch movie about three young men who dream of finding fame and fortune in motorcycle racing and, instead, find themselves. The search is unrewarding and seems interminable.
[Verhoeven] demonstrates his penchant for startling visuals, explicit sex, and graphic violence, though his intelligent direction is anything but careless or irresponsible.
Remember when Paul Verhoeven made good movies?
An unflinching drama, Spetters is as shocking as any other film in the Verhoeven cannon and bares comparison with his best native movies such as Soldier Of Orange.
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Audience Reviews for Spetters
Paul Verhoeven's Spetters is a bit like Saturday Night Fever minus the dancing. In this film we follow three young men with an interest in motorcycle racing (and the same woman). As usual for Verhoeven, very emotional and very explicit.
In "Spetters," Rien(Hans van Tongeren), Eef(Toon Agterberg) and Hans(Maarten Spanjer) are young motorcross enthusiasts who worship the ground that Gerrit Witkamp(Rutger Hauer), Dutch national champion and dentist, walks on. While Hans can barely get his motorbike going, Rien actually shows a lot of promise and unlike his two friends, actually has a girlfriend, Maya(Marianne Boyer). As dated as "Spetters" is by its hair, clothing, music and attitudes, it is even worse that it never stands on its own or generates any genuine emotions. It also goes beyond simply referencing the movies of its era like "Saturday Night Fever" with a plot that has some close similarities with the previous year's "Breaking Away." Of course, maybe if the execution had been there, "Spetters" would have had a chance of turning out differently. But here, like his newer movies, Paul Verhoeven often crosses the narrow line between provocation and simply being crass in introducing explicit material that also includes a literal measuring contest, another sign of the times, and not a good one.
An interesting concept does not help with the absolute boredom of this film. The film is sensationalistic the brutal and detalied homosexual rape is harsh but is more harsh and cruel when in retrospect in which the victim of rape becomes involved with his rapist.
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