Great Job, Internet!: Read This: An oral history of River’s Edge, the teen movie for kids who hate teen movies

The 1987 film River’s Edge was never bound for awards stages or mainstream acceptance; rather, it was an ugly, off-kilter investigation into numb, detached teenagers, the kind of flick you discovered on VHS and showed to every kid in your junior class. The story of high school kids who decide to do nothing when they discover a friend killed his girlfriend, the film depicted burnt-out, pre-grunge youth that contrasted wildly with the bubblegum teens seen in Hollywood during that era. Roger Ebert called it “the best analytical film about a crime since The Onion Field and In Cold Blood.”

It’s not quite as powerful as its legacy may suggest—it’s sloppily written, heavy-handed, and tonally inconsistent—but it remains striking for its bleakness and a smattering of bizarre, unhinged performances from Crispin Glover, Daniel Roebuck, and Dennis Hopper.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the film ...
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