By Michael Sauter
Updated October 08, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

It’s 1985: Can a blue-haired punk find happiness in the hometown of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? For a while, angry young Stevo (Lillard) turns his quest for total anarchy into a grungy, giddy, randomly violent rave. Then reality creeps up and, well, it bites. Writer-director James Merendino grew up punk in Salt Lake City, and his still-bad attitude fuels SLC Punk. But there’s also irony, wit, and just a whiff of wisdom in this vivid evocation of a lost rebel cause.
Reel Goodies (0:16) Stevo stands in the middle of a mall and delivers a fiercely funny, direct-to-the-camera rant against punk posers.
The Last Detail Moving from the world of Ramones and Dead Kennedys, Lillard takes on Cole Porter and Irving Berlin in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming ’30s musical version of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.