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S.F.W.

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S.F.W.

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Joey Lauren Adams, Jake Busey, Stephen Dorff, Pamela Gidley, Reese Witherspoon, Amber Benson, Tobey Maguire, Jack Noseworthy
genre:
Drama

We gave it an F

It’s like a Gen-X version of a bad counterculture youth film. A handful of twenty-something nobodies are kidnapped by terrorists, who insist that the major TV networks broadcast a live feed of the hostages in their grimy captivity. Upon rescue, former hostage Cliff Spab (Stephen Dorff) becomes a reluctant media superstar, a messianic Patty Hearst whose exclamation ”So F–ing What” (get the title S.F.W. now?) becomes the nihilist rallying cry of a generation. Yeah, right. This may be the first movie since the late ’60s to establish its hero’s rebel credentials by having him drop the word f— into every other sentence. Playing Mr. Grunge Existentialist, the cuddly Dorff makes you feel as if you’re watching The Kurt Cobain Story starring Luke Perry. F