Writer/director Gregg Araki manages to entertain and disappoint at the same time in this psychedelic college romp which attempts to bolster a weak sci-fi premise with some tepid eroticism. Artsy sophomore “Smith” (Thomas Dekker looking like Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong) is taking a walk on the bi side by simultaneously banging blonde co-ed London and the hunk he met at the nude beach while fantasizing about his vacuous surfer roommate. Meanwhile Smith’s best friend Stella, a monotone dyke with an 80s wardrobe and attitude to match, is trying to break up with her devilishly psychotic girlfriend. But when Smith starts having troubling visions involving a dead redhead and a fiendish cult sporting animal masks, visions with a chilling basis in reality, all hell (literally) threatens to break loose. A college caper featuring the usual cast of marginalized adolescents, absent adults, and menacing authority figures with enough quirky humour and bouncy sex to make it palatable—not to mention a ridiculously over-the-top ending from which the film gets its title. An okay idea weakly delivered.
Lottsa sex . Not much story.
Eye candy. Arty pretentions devolve to self spoof.
Gregg Araki dissects the sexual awakening film and the conspiracy theory film to maximum impact. A wild and crazy ride that I found tons of fun.
I don’t really know what to say about this movie because I believe it laughs at itself and I do not think that it ever wants to even try to be good. It is a big joke the whole way through. Most of the acting is bad and the script while sometimes funny is ridiculously bad. The colorful scenes are in your face and so is the constant nudity and sexuality. The ending just falls apart even further and there it leaves the viewer asking what the hell was that. I had high hopes for this movie based on reviews and awards, but it was not worth watching.
"My So-Called Life" and "Mulholland Drive" have a baby. Repetitive rewinding ensues...Highlights: The first two-thirds of the movie. Nearly every character except Smith. Lowlights: The last third of the movie, which takes a sharp turn and plunges off a cliff...The Rec: Visually, this has some fairly nice eye candy and the dialogue crackles with razor sharp wit. All charm is lost, however, when the movie attempts to take itself seriously.
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