Spun | Chicago Reader


Jonas Akerlund, who's directed music videos for Moby and Madonna, makes his feature debut with this repulsive rock 'n' roll comedy about a bunch of kids snorting crystal meth in a small town near Portland, Oregon. The film is punctuated by rapid-fire montages of inanimate objects in extreme close-up, a stylistic signature purloined from Darren Aronofsky, while the script steals from Alex Cox and David Lynch. The characters—largely cruel and stupid—are attacked with gusto by a painfully trendy assortment of hot young actors (Jason Schwartzman, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Brittany Murphy), slumming rock stars (Rob Halford, Billy Corgan), and kitsch icons who probably thought they'd already hit rock bottom (Mickey Rourke, Deborah Harry, Eric Roberts). A turkey of Rubenesque proportions. 101 min.

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