S.F.W. It's like a Gen-X version of a bad counterculture youth film. A handful of twenty-something nobodies are kidnapped by terrorists, who insist that the major… S.F.W. It's like a Gen-X version of a bad counterculture youth film. A handful of twenty-something nobodies are kidnapped by terrorists, who insist that the major… R Drama Joey Lauren Adams Jake Busey Stephen Dorff Pamela Gidley Reese Witherspoon Amber Benson Tobey Maguire Jack Noseworthy
Movie Review

S.F.W. (1995)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
F

Details Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Joey Lauren Adams, Jake Busey, Stephen Dorff, Pamela Gidley and Reese Witherspoon

It's like a Gen-X version of a bad counterculture youth film. A handful of twenty-something nobodies are kidnapped by terrorists, who insist that the major TV networks broadcast a live feed of the hostages in their grimy captivity. Upon rescue, former hostage Cliff Spab (Stephen Dorff) becomes a reluctant media superstar, a messianic Patty Hearst whose exclamation ''So F--ing What'' (get the title S.F.W. now?) becomes the nihilist rallying cry of a generation. Yeah, right. This may be the first movie since the late '60s to establish its hero's rebel credentials by having him drop the word f--- into every other sentence. Playing Mr. Grunge Existentialist, the cuddly Dorff makes you feel as if you're watching The Kurt Cobain Story starring Luke Perry. F

Originally posted Jan 27, 1995 Published in issue #259 Jan 27, 1995 Order article reprints
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