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Do not watch with, mom, aunty, the kids or.....
on 18 March 2015
.....Anyone but your best mates. This 1995 American drama follows a day in the life of a group of promiscuous teenagers in New York City during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the mid-1990s. It follows 17-year-old Telly and his friend Casper, illustrating their unrestrained behaviour towards under-age sex and substance abuse (alcohol and other drugs), unaware that a former conquest of Telly is trying to track him down to inform him that she has caught aids from him.
The film takes on an almost a fly on the wall documentary style as we listen in to their group discussions and follow their actions as the day wears on. The film may think itself brave in talking about manytaboo subjects, but it does so with a typical middle class view and a lack of understanding, thus its difficult to feel any attachment to the characters [lose a*]. The film presents its moral tale in a remote manner and certain scenes seem thrown in at random jazzing it up with a bit of robbery, violence and unauthorised swimming. Sure its shocking, but what do you expect where almost every sentence contains a swear word, the talk is on anal sex, where the main guy just wants to have sex with young teen virgins and the girls want to know if their friends swallow or not.
As a tale on the dangers of Aids this undoubtedly works, but realistic it isnt as it lacks any form of character development and leaves us too detached. Theres some good thumping music in there but its mainly little snippits and the film over-reaches by trying to show too much in too short a time [lose another *]. Worthy of a watch but films around the same period such as Romper Stomper [1992, more action based] and Welcome to the Dollhouse [1995, slower but more intense] cover similar topics better. Pick it up cheap and its worth getting as there are no extras with this.