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The Doom Generation (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  27 October 1995 (USA)
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Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.

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Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.

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Rated R for strong vicious violence, graphic sexuality, pervasive strong language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Dan Gatto, from the band Babyland, did extra score-like music for the film. See more »

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Amy Blue: Fuck.
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Peerlessly Awful
21 March 2002 | by (Bellevue, Washington) – See all my reviews

Three pinheads ride around in a car, stop, kill some people, get back in the car and drive some more, stop, kill more people, get back in the car, repeat ad infinitum. With so much sex and violence, you would expect to find something enjoyable in this piece of cinematic flotsam. But the egregious Gregg Araki has succeeded in making a film about sex and death that is excruciatingly boring.

Two of the aforementioned pinheads, played by James Duval and Rose McGowan, pick up a third pinhead on the side of the road. He is a hitchhiker named Xavier and the film makes it very clear that he is supposed to be cool and sexy. However, he is really just the same brand-name subculture bad-boy that you can purchase at any Stock-Characters-R-Us Superstore.

Anyway, with their trio of stooges complete, our heroes go on a killing spree. They also stop at a hotel between murders to have sex, breaking up the monotony of the monumentally monotonous story. They are entangled in a bisexual love triangle, and the film makes it very clear to us that it is all supposed to be very risque and exciting. Er, yeah...

I will admit that I didn't finish watching this film. After the third killing, I realized I had seen all there was to see. The plot plays very much like a broken record. First, they stop in a convenience store. They kill the Asian man that works there. His severed head lands in the fresh produce, but continues to talk. How droll. This scene is supposed to be funny, or shocking, or campy, or something like that. Actually, it is silly and amateurish, and the talking head is laughable. They then move on to a variety of other locales to kill a variety of other people. There is no plot, simply the same scenario repeated. The violence fails to every really shock the audience, which is a shame, since they could probably use a good jolt to keep them from nodding off.

I can forgive a film for having no plot. The problem is that The Doom Generation fails in all other aspects, as well. The characters are unbelievable and poorly conceived. The acting is overwrought. The cinematography and special effects are of the cable access variety. The dialogue is positively atrocious. The script tries to be funny and shocking, but it will induce more groans than chuckles or gasps.

It is difficult for me to fully capture in words my contempt for this excremental train-wreck of a film. It is so transparent about what it wants to be: shocking, sexy, and funny, yet witty and satirical at the same time. How far The Doom Generation fell from its lofty goals.

Is it sharp social satire? No. Is it acerbic dark comedy? It's not funny. Is it avant garde pulp drama? I don't think so. Is it crap? Bang on!

It is very rarely that I fail to finish watching a film. But watching The Doom Generation is actually painful. It is my pick for the worst film of the 90's, and a strong contender for worst film of all time. If you last long enough to see the end credits, I commend you on your iron resolve. Either that, or you cheated and used the fast forward button.


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