S.F.W. (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 January 1995 (USA)
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An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morrow Streeter
Monica Dice
Janet Streeter
David Barry Gray ...
Scott Spab
Joe Dice
Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley ...
Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey ...
Mrs. Spab
Virgil Frye ...
Francesca P. Roberts ...
Kim Martin
Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)


Cliff Spab is a guy who doesn't really care about anything. He gets held hostage at a store for 36 days by terrorists, who demand that the entire thing be broadcast on national television. Cliff ends up taking a bullet for fellow hostage Wendy - making him a national hero. The two are the sole survivors of the ordeal, and soon become prisoners of the media. Cliff escapes it all, only to find himself being pushed further away from Wendy when he needs her most. Written by WildwoodFlower08

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, scenes of brutal violence, constant drug and alcohol use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

So Fucking What?  »

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Box Office


$63,649 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film contains a number of references to Seattle rock band Soundgarden. In addition to featuring their song "Jesus Christ Pose" during the opening credits, a Soundgarden poster can be seen in Spab's bedroom, one of their music videos is on the TV in Spab's suite, and the song "Like Suicide" by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is playing on the radio in Morrow's car. See more »


During the last flashback, Spab is seen pulling out an Uzi that he had never acquired. See more »


Cliff Spab: [to his captors; sarcastic tone] Hi, my name's Rick Forsythe. I live in Silver Pond with my parents George and Edna Forsythe, and my sister Suzanne. I'm president of the debate team, and captain of my baseball team over at Silver Pond High. I have a dog named Rusty, and my hobbies include coin collecting and dry-humping cheerleaders.
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Crazy Credits

The GWAR video seen in the movie follows the credits in its entirety. See more »


References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »


As Long As We Got Each Other
Performed by Stephen Dorff & Reese Witherspoon
Written by Stephen Dorff (as Steve Dorff) & John Bettis
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Such a great movie
25 June 2001 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie about 3 or 4 years ago, and fell in love with it. It was at a period in my life that I needed something to show me that I was still alive and things could always be worse, this movie was it. The characters, the plot, the cinematography, all of it. Every minute of this movie kept me wondering what would happen next, and a lot of had edge of my seat suspense. Stephan Dorff did such a great job of playing this character. Having to balance such an emotionally scarred but still nonchalant young man must have been difficult. I really believed that he had been put through these awful things though, because his performance was that good. Reese Witherspoon also gave a great performance. I believe her role in this movie was slightly under-rated, she played your typical romantic interest but she also was the reason that Dorff's character didn't lose his mind.

I often find that the cinematography is better in independant films, and I believe this was independant. It had some bad language in it, but that doesn't bother me. The symbolism that is throughout this movie amazed me, and I notice something new everytime I watch it. SFW is based on the book 'Madison Heights Syndrom', and even though I've never read the book, I'm sure they did a great job adapting it. There was not one thing about this movie I didn't like and would recommend it to everybody.

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