Took a painful view into “Movies that define [my?] generation” – “GenX”
Painful because it’s typical and reminded me why I usually say, “I didn’t like most thing about ‘my generation’ BUT I have to say ONE movie nails it hard: River’s Edge, 1986.
It REALLY captures a certain kind of “how things can escalate aimlessly” with absolutely no humor. I’d say that “Gummo” has a similar vibe, which was made in 1997 but set in 1974… sort of.
“Released at the peak of Reagan-era discontent, this cold-blooded indie gem from Tim Hunter flawlessly interprets the particular brand of suburban estrangement that plagued the demographic that would soon be known as Generation X. Written by Neal Jimenez when he was still a college student, the plot revolves around a group of undisciplined (and mostly unsupervised) California high-schoolers who try to protect their sociopathic friend from the authorities after he goes around bragging that he brutally murdered one of their classmates. The film keenly escapes the trap into which so many penned-by-adults teen movies fall. The teenagers depicted herein have no rational motives, no meditative tangents, no perceptive insights.”