This charming, home made parody of Quadrophenia brings together two of the most important pieces of my late high school / early college life; The Murder City Devils and the former all ages club, RCKNDY. The music venue's role in the film only lasts through the first scene. The Devils (Minus Gabe & Leslie), on the other hand, show up periodically, stumbling awkwardly though the whole of the two-hour film. The dialogue is hilariously repetitive. Counting "That's not how it is in Europe" and "when I was in Europe"s is a fun game. But the awkwardness of the acting, and the clunky dialogue are useful tools in telling a story hilarious in its absurdity. Brian comes home FROM EUROPE (in case you forget, he reminds you a dozen times in the movie) to find that the Seattle Punk scene and the Seattle Straight Edge Scene have been fighting a brutal gang war unlike anything seen since West Side Story. His former best friends lead the opposing sides. Brian has become straight edge during his time at school IN EUROPE, but still considers himself punk.
The highlight of this movie should be the concert sequences, but they have the live concert sound removed. Instead the studio tracks are played in back of the Devils and Botch. The real highlight of the flick is Spenser Moody as the rock of wisdom, giving Bri advise along his journey to reunite the Scenes and make Seattle a safe place for upper-middle class white kids to go to concerts. If you are reading this now, the chances are good that you know someone in the movie, have already seen it, or will see it. If you haven't seen it yet, do! Just go to the house of your friend who has it and watch.
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