The Doom Generation They haven't a thought in their heads, but the rootless teens who idle through road-movie territory in The Doom Generation always have an elaborately obscene… The Doom Generation They haven't a thought in their heads, but the rootless teens who idle through road-movie territory in The Doom Generation always have an elaborately obscene… James Duval Rose McGowan Johnathon Schaech Margaret Cho Perry Farrell Christopher Knight Parker Posey
Movie Review

The Doom Generation (1995)

EW's GRADE
D

Details With: James Duval, Rose McGowan and Johnathon Schaech

They haven't a thought in their heads, but the rootless teens who idle through road-movie territory in The Doom Generation always have an elaborately obscene remark at the ready. ''You are so full of sheep excrement,'' sneers Amy Blue (Rose McGowan), a bored club kid whose black bob you've seen in Something Wild and Pulp Fiction, among other places. ''Don't get yer uterus all tied in a knot,'' sneers back Xavier Red (Johnathon Schaech), an insolent drifter who beds Amy but saves his keenest come-hither glances for her sweet, dim boyfriend, Jordan White (James Duval).

By the time these three get around to sharing a mattress — they're energized by the trail of dead clerks and cashiers they leave in their vacuous wake — it's clear there's actually one person talking, and that's openly gay writer-director-editor Gregg Araki. It's his little joke to subtitle Doom ''A Heterosexual Movie,'' then pour on the homoerotic subtexts. In the process, he makes Amy such a sullen slattern she gives heterosexuality a bad name. And what are we to make of the queer-bashing neo-Nazis who perform a repulsive, strobe-lit castration finale? Is this an anti-straight diatribe? A gay vision of holocaust? For those who haven't walked out before the closing credits, good luck searching for meaning — you'll find mostly blood and epithets. D

Originally posted Nov 10, 1995 Published in issue #300 Nov 10, 1995 Order article reprints
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