And in the category of most pointless movies; "S.F.W.". A movie that totally fails at trying to make a statement and at leaving a lasting impression.
Guess that in potential this still could had been a good movie or at least one that worked out somewhat better with all of its themes. The right ideas seem to be there, which makes some of the choices the film-makers made with this movie seem all the more odd. The story is told real messy. Characters literally pop up out of nowhere and then disappear again and the story is lacking a real point and a good clear main plot line.

The movie basically tries to be a social commentary about today's youth (well 1994's youth of course but it's not like much has changed ever since) and the influence and behavior of the media. Problem is that for a commentary the movie isn't either edgy or clever enough. Also as a comedy/parody it falls terribly short.

Thing that still kept this movie somewhat going for me was Stephen Dorff, who was perfectly cast for his role. His characters was about still the only good and interesting thing about this movie. Reese Witherspoon and Jake Busey are also in this movie but I wonder why. It's not like their characters get to do much in this movie.

Another thing that makes this movie disappointing and lacking is its rushed ending. Basically it's one big long montage and feels terribly out of place. It's as if they were saying; we still have a whole other story to tell but we haven't got the time or money to do it, so here is a fast montage of things. Needless to say, it doesn't work out all that well.

I really can't think of any good reason why anyone should ever watch this movie. It's such a pointless and poorly executed one.


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2 reacties:

  1. You mention that nothing has changed since the movie came out in 1994. I totally disagree about this statement. I belief that the movie was inspired by the instant fame of Kurt Cobain, who became a celebrity and spokesperson for a generation against his own will.

    Since then the internet and reality television have become much more present in our western society. Note that the Dutch Big Brother dates from 1999.

    These facts do not make SFW a better movie, but it might explain why it fails to make a lasting impression in the year 2011. I watched it in 1994 and it did make an impression on me at that time.

  2. I'm curious how you would review "Pump up the Volume" (1990) with Christian Slater.