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Whatever (1998)

R | | Drama | 10 July 1998 (USA)
A teen faces her impending adulthood in the carefree sex and drug revolution years of the early 80's prior to fears of AIDS. She lives with her bitter, divorced mother and her sadistic kid ... See full summary »

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Anna Stockard
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Brenda Talbot
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Mr. Chaminski
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Carol Stockard
Marc Riffon ...
Martin
Dan Montano ...
Zak
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John Woods (as John G. Connolly)
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Eddie
Tony Torn ...
Mr. Stanley
Trey Compton ...
Sam
Joe Mantragna ...
Chris
Matt Rumbaugh ...
Tony
Jim Neville ...
Rob
Garret Spencer ...
Joe
Destiny Matranga ...
Lynn
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A teen faces her impending adulthood in the carefree sex and drug revolution years of the early 80's prior to fears of AIDS. She lives with her bitter, divorced mother and her sadistic kid brother. Looking forward to a life based on her passion for art, she nevertheless gets in with the partying crowd which causes her to miss deadlines and poor grades which jeapordizes her future. Ultimately she ends up losing her virginity to an older artist wanna-be who she has had a long standing crush on. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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1981. In an era of just say no, they said yes.

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Rated R for pervasive teen drug and alcohol use, language including sexual dialogue, sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »
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10 July 1998 (USA)  »

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$46,347 (USA) (10 July 1998)

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$307,037 (USA) (16 October 1998)
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Sam can be seen in at least two scenes wearing Batman: The Animated Series pajamas. BTAS debuted in 1992. Whatever takes place in 1981. See more »

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The filmmakers would like to express their deepest gratitude and thanks to all who gave their time, their artistry, their technical abilities, their equipment, their clothes, their homes, their furniture, their cars, their food, their pets, their children, their offices, their copy machines, their phones, their pillows and blankets, their credit limits, their lungs, their patience, their marriages, their political influence, their good reputations, their physical health and most of all their good will that made the production of this film possible. See more »

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References Batman: The Animated Series (1992) See more »

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The Hardest Part
Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
By Arrangement with EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Brilliantly Realistic; Deadpan Genius
22 December 1999 | by (Bethlehem, PA) – See all my reviews

WHATEVER is one of the best first-time-director/writer films I've ever seen. It's up there with Whit Stillman's METROPOLITAN: intelligent script, beautifully photographed, tragicomic, sensitive and bull's-eye psychology, a cast of unknowns whose performances rise off the celluloid in their perfection. Susan Skoog, bless you: may you have a long, long career in an industry which seldom allows such living and breathing females and males onto its screens! I bought a videocassette copy and will enjoy it again and again. What slice-of-life realism! This stuff happens all the time, but we seldom see it so artistically processed and integrated. I like this film lots: can you tell?


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