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American Hardcore (2006) Around 1980, a youth movement of punks revolted against things like Reagan, wine coolers, and disco with terse songs and fist-swinging live shows. Good Lord,… 2006-09-22 R PT100M Documentary Sony Pictures Classics
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American Hardcore (2006)

MPAA Rating: R

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SLAM I AM American Hardcore surfs back to the early '80s punk scene with veterans of the scene like Rollins
SLAM I AM American Hardcore surfs back to the early '80s punk scene with veterans of the scene like Rollins
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Sep 22, 2006; Rated: R; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Around 1980, a youth movement of punks revolted against things like Reagan, wine coolers, and disco with terse songs and fist-swinging live shows. Good Lord, what would they have made of today's surely more infuriating times? Tackling that question, which this documentary doesn't really touch at all, might've sharpened its bite considerably. Apart from that, American Hardcore is illuminating nostalgia, stuffed with all the right tattooed talking heads (like Black Flag's Henry Rollins), plus grim-looking concert footage of wailing skinny guys.

Originally posted Sep 27, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints