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American Hardcore

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American Hardcore

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
100 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/22/06
director:
Paul Rachman
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a C+

As a retrospective on the hardcore music scene of the early ’80s, American Hardcore is — perhaps appropriately — sloppy. Other than a seemingly universal loathing of Ronald Reagan, the film fails to present any real influences responsible for the movement, and there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why some groups are covered (basically, any band to ever come out of Boston) and some aren’t (really, no Dead Kennedys or Fear?).
EXTRAS The bonus concert clips of unheralded maniacs Void and onetime best live band on the planet Bad Brains almost makes up for all the shortcomings.