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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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Cast

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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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$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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I Should've Known
Written and Performed by Aimee Mann
Courtesy of DGC Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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a subtle portrait
30 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

I thought this film was a thoughtful reflection on an overlooked period of time. The significance of it's taking place in 1981 was the last hurrah of the "Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll" era. AIDS soon followed, and casual sex died. The sex is a big part of the story, a realistic portrayal of a teenage girl's struggles with her newborn womanhood.

The peer pressure to do drugs, smoke, and have crazy meaningless/meaningful sex, all induced by the young idiots around her, happens to most American kids. Anna's dreams of art school are nearly crushed by the combination of her friends, her lonely, pathetic mother, and the usual teenage self-deprecation. It's not hard at all to relate to this character.

It seems that this movie was too subtle for some viewers. Perhaps some people don't want to know the female side of stories we've seen the male counterparts of (quite redundantly) through the years. I welcomed the fresh point-of-view the film possesses. My only true beef would be that it may have been a little too long, but then again, wasn't this writer/director Susan Skoog's first film?

A good film with fine direction of realistic performances (with the exception of the "nerdy" teacher - ugh) and a nice accompanying soundtrack. Overall, I liked it quite a bit.


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