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Whatever (1998)

R  |   |  Drama  |  10 July 1998 (USA)
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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 ... 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
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Tony Torn ...
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Garret Spencer ...
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Destiny Matranga ...
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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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In Camps Of Times Past
Written and Performed by Robert Tree Cody
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Gritty Breakfast Club, without the smarm...
16 October 2002 | by (Fairfax, VA USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, this was not light entertainment, as so many teenager flicks are. Perhaps I am biased, because it is set in a place and time not too different from my own high school years, but this rang true to my recollections of HS. certainly better than Sixteen Candles, Say anything, etc.. (not that I don't enjoy those movies, but...) This was a less polished Breakfast Club, without the sappy smarmy feel good ending. Mostly.

Ms. Weil was very engaging, attractive enough and very believable, without being the usual beauty queen female lead common to HS films. Particularly revealing was the two girls talking about her loss of virginity, when she says "It felt really good at first. Then he put it in." and her friend replies "yeah, it does kind of hurt. Unless you're drunk." Not great wisdom, but probably recalls many girls first experiences.




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