The Doom Generation
|The Doom Generation|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gregg Araki|
|Produced by||Gregg Araki
|Written by||Gregg Araki|
|Music by||Dan Gatto|
|Editing by||Gregg Araki
The Teen Angst Movie Company
Union Générale Cinématographique
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures (US)
Haut et Court (France)
|Running time||83 minutes|
The Doom Generation is a 1995 comedy thriller film written and directed by Gregg Araki. The film stars Rose McGowan, James Duval, and Johnathon Schaech as two teenagers and a 21-year-old punk drifter who become involved in a ménage à trois.
The film is the second of a trilogy of films known as the Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy, the first being Totally Fucked Up and the last Nowhere. It stands as Araki's first film that deals with a heterosexual relationship, and is billed in the opening titles as "A Heterosexual Movie by Gregg Araki".
Teenage lovers Jordan White and Amy Blue pick up a handsome drifter named Xavier Red while driving home from a club. Jordan gives Xavier the nickname "X". A late-night stop at a convenience store leaves the three on the run when X accidentally kills the store's owner. The trio hides in a motel to avoid arrest. While Jordan and Amy have sex in the bathtub, X learns from the local television news program that the store owner's wife disemboweled her children with a machete before committing suicide, thus, he concludes, removing any possibility of the trio being caught by the police.
Later that evening, Amy has sex with X, even though they do not get along. Eventually Jordan finds out, and things become tense as the two men develop a lingering sexual attraction for one another. As the trio journeys around the city of Los Angeles, they continue to get into violent situations due to people either claiming to be Amy's previous lovers or mistaking her for such. The FBI has a meeting and declares it will find Amy and kill her (exactly the same sentiment is voiced by several other parties in the film). She is mistakenly identified by a fast food window clerk as "Sunshine" and later by a character played by Parker Posey as "Kitten".
Jordan, Amy and X spend the night in an abandoned warehouse, where they engage in a threesome. While Amy goes to urinate, Jordan and X are attacked by a trio of neo-Nazis, one of whom had previously mistaken Amy for his ex-girlfriend "Bambi". The gang proceeds to beat up X and then hold Jordan down as the aforementioned neo-Nazi ties up and rapes Amy on top of an American flag. The group finally severs Jordan's penis with pruning shears and forces it into his mouth. After Amy breaks free, she kills the neo-Nazis with the shears and escapes with X, leaving Jordan for dead. The film ends with Amy and X driving aimlessly on the road with no communication as the film fades.
- Rose McGowan as Amy Blue
- James Duval as Jordan White
- Jonathan Schaech as Xavier "X" Red
- Dustin Nguyen as Win Coc Suc, the convenience store clerk
- Margaret Cho as Win's wife
- Parker Posey as Brandi
- Lauren Tewes and Christopher Knight as TV anchorpeople
- Nicky Katt as Bartholomew, Carnoburger cashier
- Amanda Bearse as Barmaid
- Cress Williams as Peanut
- Kevin Ogilvie (aka Nivek Ogre) as Gang of goons
- Perry Farrell as Stop 'n' Go clerk
- Heidi Fleiss as Liquor store clerk
- Khristofor Rossianov as Don
The Doom Generation received mixed reviews, with critics often comparing the film both favorably and unfavorably to Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Film website Rotten Tomatoes, which compiles reviews from a wide range of critics, gives the film a score of 50%. Roger Ebert famously gave the film "zero stars". Ricky da Conceição of Sound on Sight named the film the best of Araki's "Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy" and said it "represented a major artistic leap forward" for Araki, who "creates a twisted pastiche of science fiction, nihilistic road movie and teen angst filtered with dead pan comedy and his own unique commentary on the depravity of modern America." He praised the set design, lighting, score and actress Rose McGowan, who "steals the show as the foul mouthed, morally aimless femme fatale on crystal meth and Diet Coke."
The film has a considerable cult following. The film's anti-heroine "Amy" uses graphic language that is especially colorful when insulting "Xavier". Phrases such as "Eat my fuck", "Don't 'tard out on it", "You are a life support system for a cock", "Kindly pull your head out of your rectal region" became slang for fans of the film. The phrase "That bitch. I am going to find her and then I am going to kill her" is spoken a few times in the film by various characters. The same phrase appears in the song "A Daisy Chain 4 Satan" by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Also, when paying for everything, everything seems to cost $6.66 (the Devil's number).
In March 2012, the UK company Second Sight Films released a DVD with amamorphic widescreen and director/cast commentary. Previous releases up until this point lacked the commentary, with many lacking the widescreen format.
- "THE DOOM GENERATION (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 1995-11-17. Retrieved 2013-03-18.
- The Doom Generation (1995) - Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- "Tomatometer for The Doom Generation". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-06-06.
- "The Doom Generation :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Chicago Sun-Times. 1995-11-12. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
- Ricky da Conceição (May 17, 2011). "‘Doom Generation’ represented a major artistic leap forward for Gregg Araki". Sound on Sight. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- The Doom Generation at the Internet Movie Database
- The Doom Generation at Box Office Mojo
- The Doom Generation at Rotten Tomatoes
- Music From The Motion Picture The Doom Generation