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Whatever (1998)

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:

Susan Skoog

Writer:

Susan Skoog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liza Weil ... Anna Stockard
Chad Morgan ... Brenda Talbot
Frederic Forrest ... Mr. Chaminski
Kathryn Rossetter ... Carol Stockard
Marc Riffon Marc Riffon ... Martin
Dan Montano Dan Montano ... Zak
John Gleeson Connolly ... John Woods (as John G. Connolly)
Gary Wolf ... Eddie
Tony Torn Tony Torn ... Mr. Stanley
Trey Compton Trey Compton ... Sam
Joe Mantragna Joe Mantragna ... Chris
Matt Rumbaugh Matt Rumbaugh ... Tony
Jim Neville Jim Neville ... Rob
Garret Spencer Garret Spencer ... Joe
Destiny Matranga Destiny Matranga ... Lynn
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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>

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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 »
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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Classics

Country:

France | USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

10 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bánomisén See more »

Filming Locations:

Red Bank, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,347, 12 July 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$307,037, 18 October 1998
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Color
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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

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 »

Connections

References Batman: The Animated Series (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel From Montgomery
Written by John Prine
Performed by Michelle Yahn, Steve Kraft, and Greg Leisz
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Brilliantly executed coming-of-age drama
18 February 1999 | by spamwammSee all my reviews

While many will write this off as a slow and plotless waste of celluloid, I found it to be an excellent portrayal of the disconnection and confusion that plagues our youth. Sad to say, this could have had a "based on a true story" title card at the beginning. I've known girls who expressed their praise towards this film for it captures their growing-up period perfectly. If it feels like it's going nowhere, well that just adds to the film's realism. Unlike KIDS, the lead character finally is conscious of her transgressions and thus finds redemption. I find that reason alone, as well as the entire film, worthy of the recognition that it deserves. Rent it with an open mind...


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