MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,702 this week

Whatever (1998)

 -  Drama  -  10 July 1998 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 892 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 25 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 234 titles
created 28 Jul 2012
 
a list of 131 titles
created 15 Nov 2012
 
a list of 9996 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
 
a list of 6907 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Whatever" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Whatever (1998)

Whatever (1998) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Whatever.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Whatever (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Philippe Harel
Stars: Philippe Harel, José Garcia, Philippe Bianco
...Around (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A dark, dramatic comedy about making it in New York. From Jersey City to Penn Station, ...Around is about getting up to fall back down again.

Director: David Spaltro
Stars: Robert W. Evans, Molly Ryman, Marcel Torres
Twist (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A queer "Oliver Twist" update set in the hustler district of modern-day Toronto.

Director: Jacob Tierney
Stars: Nick Stahl, Gary Farmer, Stephen McHattie
After Life (2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A cynical young woman learns to deceive people into believing she can communicate with their dead loves ones, but soon finds herself enmeshed with a family grieving over a missing wife and mother.

Director: Scott R. Thompson
Stars: Gretchen Joy, Daniel Roebuck, Ben Easter
K I (2009)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

K fights his way up through the ranks of organised crime, his every move dogged by a mysterious and powerful opponent who'll stop at nothing to find K and the secret he unwittingly protects.

Director: Don Allen
Stars: Amokrane Kiane Sabet, Adrian Annis, John Banks
Can (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young married couple live happily in Istanbul, but their decision to illegally procure a child threatens their future together.

Director: Rasit Çelikezer
Stars: Selen Uçer, Serdar Orçin, Yusuf Berkan Demirbag
Documentary | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An animated film about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who spearheaded numerous engineering marvels of the early 19th century - including the Thames Tunnel, the Great Western ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Godfrey
Stars: Richard Briers, Harry Fowler, Barbara Moore
Content (TV Movie 2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Between a deceased father and a young boy, Chris Petit wonders and wanders through concepts of the past and self-identity.

Director: Christopher Petit
Stars: Hanns Zischler, Matthew Evans, Mai Lun-Xue
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Alain Delon and Claude Jade stars in this Soviet movie: Documents reveal in 1980 that the Germans planned to kill the Big Three in Teheran in 1943.

Directors: Aleksandr Alov, Vladimir Naumov
Stars: Natalya Belokhvostikova, Curd Jürgens, Igor Kostolevskiy
Me (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  
Director: John Palmer
Stars: Maury Chaykin, Brenda Donohue, Chapelle Jaffe
Some (2004)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Close to $10 million of illegal drugs, intended to be presented as evidence in court, is stolen from the police as they are transporting it to the station. The police name as a suspect the ... See full summary »

Director: Youn-hyun Chang
Stars: Soo Go, Ji-hyo Song, Dong-kyu Lee
When (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Ricardo Scipio
Stars: Mackenzie Phillips, Downtown Julie Brown, Fabrice Morvan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Anna Stockard
...
Brenda Talbot
...
Mr. Chaminski
...
Carol Stockard
Marc Riffon ...
Martin
Dan Montano ...
Zak
...
John Woods
...
Eddie
Tony Torn ...
Mr. Stanley
Trey Compton ...
Sam
Joe Mantragna ...
Chris
Matt Rumbaugh ...
Tony
Jim Neville ...
Rob
Garret Spencer ...
Joe
Destiny Matranga ...
Lynn
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive teen drug and alcohol use, language including sexual dialogue, sexuality and some violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bánomisén  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$307,037 (USA) (16 October 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

New Jersey [played by] West Virginia See more »

Soundtracks

Ellin's Jump
Written by Fred Parcells
Performed by Rich Oppenheim, David O'Rourke, John Loerke, and Mark Holen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Whatever? This is probably what you are saying to yourself.
14 September 1998 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, this is a "real" movie. It's certainly not getting the attention of the mainstream Hollywood summer blockbusters but it's a lot more powerful and enjoyable.

Synopsis: The story takes place in a working class new jersey suburb set in 1981 and centers on a young woman, Anna Stockard played by newcomer Liza Weil. Anna, in her senior year of high school, comes from a broken family, hangs out with the party crowd and is uncertain of her future. Although seemingly intelligent and artistic, she lacks focus. It's unclear if Anna will end up like her hard drinking and drugging friends or fulfill her ambition to go to art school in New York City.

The film was written and directed by New Jersey native Susan Skoog and unlike other films about the 80's (e.g., Boogie Nights), "Whatever" provides a very realistic view of this era. The clothing, hair styles, slang, and music all represent the suburban early 80's not the Hollywood version.

Although many of the characters are unappealing, the film still manages to capture you. I was both riveted and disturbed by it. Weil carries the film by playing Anna with a stoic integrity - you sense that she is a survivor. Skoog has created a film where you feel as if there was a hidden camera viewing a real teenager's life back in 1981. Skoog and Weil appear to have promising careers ahead of them.

If you want to see asteroids, bombs, fireballs and explosions, the 10 plex has a whole bunch of them. If you want to see a movie that is affecting, albeit, slightly disturbing, drive a little further and checkout "Whatever ".


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a lame movie barte76
whatever! FilmJunkieWannabe
Wheeling, W.V. grantcatton
Help with a song Utopia2-0
Hey! FilmJunkieWannabe
Whatever sequel FilmJunkieWannabe
Discuss Whatever (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?