The Living End (1992)

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It my be easy to describe The Living End as a gay Thelma and Louise, but that seems to be what director Gregg Araki was aiming for. Luke (Mike Dyti) is a hustler and Jon (Craig Gilmore) is a movie critic. They meet on the highway, or, as Araki puts it in the script, "the desolate, quasi-surrealistic American Wasteland." Both have recently learned that they are HIV-positive, so they do the only reasonable thing and go on a violent cross-country spree. Guided by the inspirational slogan "F*ck the world," our heroes kill gay bashers, insult lesbians, and do a lot of drinking, swearing, and urinating.
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R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Strand Releasing

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Cast

Mike Dytri
as Luke
Mark Finch
as Doctor
Darcy Marta
as Darcy
Scot Goetz
as Peter
Paul Bartel
as Twister Master
Stephen Holman
as 7-11 Couple
Magie Song
as 7-11 Couple
Peter Lanigan
as Three Stooges Member
Jon Gerrans
as Three Stooges Member
Jack Kofman
as Three Stooges Member
Michael Now
as Tarzan
Craig Lee
as Arguing Couple at Ralphs
Torie Chickering
as Arguing Couple at Ralphs
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Critic Reviews for The Living End

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It is visually vibrant (in a wonderful on-the- cheap kind of way). But its insightful fury is undercut by thrashes of immaturity. It's engaged with culture and angry at it.

April 4, 2008
Denver Post
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 2, 2002
Washington Post
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October 2, 2002
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | August 18, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

Probably more valuable as a cultural artifact than a movie.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Las Vegas Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Living End

½

I remember really liking this movie back in the 90's. Was excited to see it on DVD for rental. Well, I have to say I had forgotten most of the story apart from it being a road trip movie about two men living with AIDS, so I was interested to see if it was as good as I remembered. Though it's obviously dated now, I still found it quite compelling viewing with a unique style. Craig Gilmore in particular is great as Jon. Very sympathetic character. Won't be for all, is pretty bleak and confronting, but I found it worth the rewatch.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

This provocative film teeters between shockingly disturbing scenes and happy-go-lucky humor. The emotion and uncertainty created around the main character learning his HIV-positive status carried my interest through the entire movie. Having said that, the positive relationship that develops between the main characters and the film's ability to find humor in the face of death give it an added boost. While many of Akira's other movies are known for being over-the-top, the acting and dialogue in this film all seemed genuine and appropriate for the setting. The film's finale fails to deliver closure to the story, however, it manages to provide enough direction to the story to satisfy this viewer. The Living End is at least commendable for confronting social issues that many would prefer left alone.

Daniel Campbell
Daniel Campbell
½

Araki brings great ideas to the table, but his execution leaves a lot to be desired. The two lead actors are consistently unconvincing, so their love story has no emotional resonance. Since the film relies heavily on a connection with the doomed lovers, the low performance quality hurts it badly. Nevertheless, it's very much a product of its time, and that works in its favour somehow. This is a cult classic with lots of bright possibilities, but most of them are unfulfilled.

Mike T.
Mike T.

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