George Kuffs didn't finish high-school, just lost his job and his girlfriend who still is in college is pregnant. Since he can't see how he can support her, he thinks she is better off ... See full summary »
Bruce A. Evans
Ric Roman Waugh
A waitress hardly notices a shy busboy who secretly loves her; until one night she's attacked and he comes to her rescue. From there a relationship sparks but one secret could mean disaster for these fated lovers.
Mark is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to Arizona from the East Coast. His parents give him a short-wave radio so he can talk to his pals, but instead he sets up shop as pirate deejay Hard Harry, who becomes a hero to his peers while inspiring the wrath of the local high school principal. When one of Harry's listeners commits suicide and Harry- inspired chaos breaks out at the school, the authorities are called in to put a stop to Harry's broadcasts.Written by
Denise P. Meyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Film critic Christian Sellers referenced Pump Up the Volume in an article for Paracinema entitled Teenage Riot, which explored the evolution of teen movies from the John Hughes flicks of the 1980s to modern dramas such as The Virgin Suicides. See more »
In the exterior shot of Mark walking up to the business where Harry's PO box is, there is a Mitsubishi Starion to the left of the door, an empty parking space where Mark walks, and a BMW 320i to the right of the door. When the camera switches to an inside shot looking out, the BMW is now directly in front of the door. See more »
Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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great portrayal of postmodern angst & media issues
This movie really captured not only the disillusionment and pain of adolescence but also the general malaise of our postmodern society. Also brought out the tension between media "for the people" and free speech vs. media polluting the people and issues of censorship. While the film clearly made the latter out to be the "bad guy," a mature person might look beyond the pointed message and see the important issues on both sides --> Does media come from culture and speak truth, having the responsibility to honestly represent "reality," or does media influence culture and thus should it responsibly rise above mediocrity, challenging people to something higher in life? Tough issues in media studies. How to bring the two concerns together is the challenge, in a completely corporate-driven media culture that really stands for neither.
ummmm.... Christian Slater was also great in the lead performance.
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