Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1996. Castle Rock Entertainment, Detour Filmproduction. Screenplay by Eric Bogosian, based on his play. Cinematography by Lee Daniel. Produced by Anne Walker-McBay. Production Design by Catherine Hardwicke. Costume Design by Melanie Armstrong Fletcher. Film Editing by Sandra Adair. Independent Spirit Awards 1997.
New Jersey teens hang out at a convenience store parking lot and shoot the shit about their wasted lives. When an old friend comes to visit them after having made it as a rock star, it sends all their tempers and insecurities raging like wildfire as they take out their anger on each other and the whole world. Funny moments appear here and there in this adaptation of Eric Bogosian’s equally pretentious play, and the youngsters are all talented, but in the end it’s a pointless exercise in teen angst that offers nothing satisfying to take with you. Parker Posey has an enlightened supporting role as the rock star’s publicist and friend.