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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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Morrow Streeter
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Monica Dice
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Janet Streeter
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Scott Spab
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Joe Dice
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Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley ...
Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey ...
Mrs. Spab
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Kristen
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Dolly
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Earl
Francesca P. Roberts ...
Kim Martin
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Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)
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Storyline

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

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Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.

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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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$63,649 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Along with Cameron Crowe's Singles (1992) and Ben Stiller's Reality Bites (1994), S.F.W. is considered one of the touchstone films of "Generation X." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 »

Connections

References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Like Suicide
(Acoustic Version)
Performed by Chris Cornell
Written by Chris Cornell
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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23 March 2000 | by (TX) – See all my reviews

I'm not trying to say that this movie is the greatest movie ever made, but I feel that it is too bad that more people do not know about S.F.W. It's a bit hard to believe the plot, but since when have movie plots played within the guidelines of normal society. Stephen Dorff gives an amazing performance as Cliff Spab. This was the first movie I ever saw him in, and seeing S.F.W. really made me think he is destined for big things. I liked how the story shifted from past to present constantly. This way, you had to wait until the end of the movie to find out what happened at the beginning. Makes it all the more intriguing. I love this movie, and most people would too if they gave it half a chance.


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