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What We Do Is Secret

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Shane West, Bijou Phillips, ...

What We Do Is Secret

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
93 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/08/08
performer:
Shane West, Rick Gonzalez, Bijou Phillips
director:
Rodger Grossman
distributor:
Peace Arch
author:
Michelle Baer Ghaffari, Rodger Grossman
genre:
Biography

We gave it a B-

In the late ’70s and early ’80s, the Los Angeles hardcore punk scene turned rock & roll into a cult of pain. Before he committed suicide (at 22), Darby Crash, the lead singer of the Germs, was the scene’s masochist messiah, a self-styled druggie fascist wastrel who didn’t sing so much as vomit his words. It’s kicky to see a heartthrob like Shane West of ER play this walking piece of human damage in What We Do Is Secret. West does an earnest job, but that’s the problem: He never conjures Crash’s psychotic danger. Neither does this eager, flawed, scrappy biopic. B-

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