Writer: Penelope Spheeris
Composer: Alex Gibson
Starring: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay, Timothy O'Brien, Wade Walston, Flea, Maggie Ehrig, Grant Miner, Christina Beck, Andrew Pece
More info: IMDb
Tagline: The kids from ... The Wild Side ... The Side You've Never Seen.
Plot: Evan and his younger brother leave their broken home in an attempt to escape their alcoholic mother. They fall in with The Rejected (aka T.R.), a group of punks who live as squatters in an abandoned home by the side of the highway. With T.R., the boys find a new family. But their new found family will be tested when they become the target of Citizens Against Crime, a group of unhappy suburbanites.
My rating: 7/10
Will I watch it again? Maybe.
If you don't dig on punk movies you at least owe it to yourself to watch the opening 5 minutes. A toddler gets brutally eaten by a large dog!!! Let that digest a minute. It's fucking awesome. If I ever make a movie I want to start it off with a bang just like this one. One thing that's interesting about this picture is that nearly the entire cast are non-actors and it works. Doing this gives the film a different vibe than what you'd normally get. Spheeris made an interesting film for teens during a time when most teen movies went for something a lot more clean cut and safe. And the soundtrack is very well handled, giving me a vibe of FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)...not a bad thing at all.
Kids teaching other kids on how to blow a snot rocket. How fucking adorable is that?