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Sfw [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Stephen Dorff , Reese Witherspoon , Jefery Levy    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Dorff, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Busey, Joey Lauren Adams, Pamela Gidley
  • Directors: Jefery Levy
  • Writers: Jefery Levy, Andrew Wellman, Danny Rubin
  • Producers: Dale Pollock, Gloria Lopez, Michael Nelson, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092Q5O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,072 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Held captive for thirty-six days by terrorists who broadcast their ordeal live on the network news, two teens feel more like prisoners of the media when they are finally freed.Genre: Feature Film-Action/AdventureRating: RRelease Date: 17-JUN-2003Media Type: DVD

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SFW 15 July 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great film about a convenience store hostage situation that is broadcast nationally,
making some of the hostages national hero's. SFW focuses on the chaos that ensues when you
give fame and fortune to disaffected youth who not only don't really care, but don't even want it
(Hence the title which will become clear when you watch the film). Steven Dorff and Reese
Witherspoon are perfect in the lead roles, allowing young people or those who were once young
to identify with the situations. (Tobey Maguire of Spiderman also appears in an early cameo as a stoned teenager)
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An open view of todays fickle society 18 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film begins well but lacks the get up and go that you need to keep interested. The opening scene leads you to believe that there would have been more emphasis on the actual hostage experience. Stephen Dorff and Reece Witherspoon are both great in this film as the lead roles. This film was in all a disappointment, the only highlight was that Stephen Dorff was the lead character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars S.F.W - The Complete Lowdown 31 Oct 1999
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It's begining to show it's age, but this satrical drama remains a topical dissection of the American facination with the cult of the non-celebrity. Stephen Dorff is the angry young man who is amoung a group taken hostage by camcorder-weilding anarchists. They force the networks to broadcast their tapes, but it's the rebellious Dorff who soon becomes the star attraction. Dorff is suitably surly as the man fighting against his 15 minutes of fame and there's good suppourting work from a pre-fame Reese Witherspoon and Jake Busey. Director Jefery Levy demonstrates a sympathetic understanding of ninties teenage alienation. Overall and interesting and enthralling movie that is well worth watching.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Film Way Ahead Of It's Time 25 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Take a look at this film and you will be amazed at how it predicted the future -- from OJ to JFK jr. Also, how many films have there been since SFW that have dealt with the same themes, but not nearly as well? NBK; Mad City; Truman Show; Ed TV -- SFW is, quite simply, a work of genius -- even more amazing: the book was written by a 17 year old college kid in 1987! The film, while it parodies teen romance films, also deals with the way popular culture (not just the media) take a person or event, uses it to sell, sell, sell, then discards it, usually destroying it/him. The big cycle of pop culture. Check it out for yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Obviously not for everyone 1 Mar 2011
By adiadv - Published on
WOW! I'm always amazed and intrigued when I read such mixed reviews about a film.

I had no idea until now that this came out the same year as "Natural Born Killers," but while I watched it I was reminded of the same satiric, brutal, over-the-top portrayal of the hype that fuels a media frenzy. If that type of movie offends or disappoints you, S.F.W. will probably probably have the same effect.

The story was purposefully exaggerated and for the most part darkly comical, but it was also violent and raw. Besides being thoroughly entertained, I was reminded why I have no desire to be famous - not even for 15 minutes. I'd rather be invisible than have my life examined under a microscope and judged by people who form their perception of me based on what they have been led to believe or by something I've done at a certain point that doesn't represent who I really am as a person. Then again, that's often what happens in reality.

Obviously there are countless individuals who have adopted the "So F___ing What" attitude throughout history. I have no trouble imagining a film today (17 years later) that makes a parody of "W.T.F." becoming a national mantra and the results that might transpire.
5.0 out of 5 stars low budget movie, but it's so deep!!!! 8 Oct 2013
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great movie. i like it for some reason, and i cant quit figure out why. i recommend to anyone who has an hour or so to spare with no expectations.
1.0 out of 5 stars was not very good 1 Sep 2013
By misty - Published on
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I am usually a huge Reese fan, thought Id give this a try. I own over 700 DVDS. for me to say it was bad, its something. Im the one who has to see the Rocky Horror Picture show 20 times a year! this movie was choppy, not well written or directed. It is a B filmed movie with a bad line up. I usually love B movies. But I could have shot a better film. Nice idea for a story, bad follow thru.... sorry Reese, love u lady, but this movie stunk...
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