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SLC Punk (1999)

Matthew Lillard , Michael A. Goorjian , James Merendino  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Lillard, Michael A. Goorjian, Annabeth Gish, Jennifer Lien, Christopher McDonald
  • Directors: James Merendino
  • Writers: James Merendino
  • Producers: Andrea Kreuzhage, Glenn Salloum, Jan de Bont, Katrina Fernandez, Michael Peyser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767837398
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "SLC Punk" on IMDb

Special Features

  • SLC Punk comic book
  • Chosen as Opening-night feature at Sundance Film Festival

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It's 1985 and Stevo is that rare animal, a punk rocker in the Mormon stronghold of Salt Lake City, Utah. He just graduated from college with honors and now his life is a nutty roller coaster ride of rock shows, stealing cars, beating up rednecks and non-stop partying with his buddy, Heroin Bob, andhis girlfriend. But with the scene getting lame and Stevo going nowhere fast, he has to put his punk ideals to the test. With a choice between "No Future" and Harvard Law School, what's a guy with blue hair supposed to do? Fueled by a classic punk rock soundtrack and hilarious, energetic performances from Matthew Lillard (Scream, She's All That), Michael Goorjian (Leaving Las Vegas, Hard Rain) and Annabeth Gish (Beautiful Girls, Nixon), SLC PUNK is one punk's madcap search for a way to grow up without selling out.

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most reviewers seem to miss a very important point July 14, 2005
I am not trying to insult anyone here, but I have read dozens of reviews of this excellent movie, and it seems a lot of folks miss the point.

This is a great movie, and I'll tell you why: it is a very very authentic insight, not into the punk scene in 1980s America (which there was one, but it wasn't very widespread or mainstream), but into adolescence and the transitions into maturity we all have to make. It is a very good study on what happens to the identities we assume for ourselves as teenagers when we discover, in our early twenties, that they no longer fit.

If you haven't seen it yet, you may not want to read this review any further.

Stevo was a poser! I can't say it any plainer than that. He admits it too, so anyone who wastes the energy to type "Stevo wasn't very convincing as a punk," or criticizes the punk scene as portrayed as not accurate, completely miss the point of this movie. They weren't punks! They were teenagers, trying to find an identity for themselves. They knew what their parents and city were offering wasn't for them, but they had no clue what was, so they were trying something out. And for most of them (let us not forget Mike, my favorite character) the whole punk thing didn't stick.

If you view the movie through that lense, it was fantastic. Lillards performance was outstanding. The music was great. The script was very witty and entertaining. And yes, I imagine the punk movement in SLC, if there ever was one, was pretty lame. I know it was in the midwest where I grew up. That doesn't take away from the movie - it makes it more authentic and accessible.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly pleasant surprise December 30, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Being an ex-punk (my punk years were 1978-1983) I didn't expect much from this movie. what a pleasant surprise! Rather than the fashion clones most movies portray, the punks were all individuals, no two the same. Matthew Lillard was absolutely brilliant. I agree that he is probably one of the best and most under-rated actors of his generation.
The soundtrack was HOT too! They included many of the bands that were part of punk's eclectic mix, including Roxy Music (mother of pearl at that!), all the way through the Dead Kennedy's. The only reason I did not give it a 5 was that the punk scene was portrayed as much more violent than the one I experienced. Then again, I was in San Francisco at an earlier time - perhaps SLC punks were more into thrashing.
Even the commentary on the mods was appropriate! The entire film had much more depth and was much more thought-provoking than other more "serious" films I had recently watched. One other caveat - I would have liked to see more women with short hair. Try this movie - it will surprise you!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This is a coming of age story set in the 1980's punk scene. I loved the punks in it and I won't engage in the "Stevo is a poseur or not" battle, because that's not what the movie is about (and Stevo gives the answer to that question in the final scene, anyway). Where is a more hilarious place to be a punk that the straightlaced Salt Lake City?

This movie has a lot of lighthearted and very comic moments, intertwined into a deeper story about finding your place in life. The relationship between Stevo and his dad is terrific, and I loved watching the scenes where Stevo railed on him for selling out from his hippie ideals. Stevo had a lot of hilarious and intelligent monologues in the movie, on what ideals are, what anarachy means and how fighting actually opposes anarchy, why UK punk music sucks, and what he plans to do with his life.

Watch this with your parents--everyone should get a kick out of seeing a post-college son struggle with opposing or embracing his father's ideals.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars God Save "SLC Punk" February 23, 2005
If you're going to appreciate "SLC Punk," the 1999 film by writer/director James Merendino, you need to have grown up during the 1980s. The film, taking place in Salt Lake City in 1984, hits all the right notes when documenting rebellion and music of the period. The lifestyles, attitudes and different cliques which spun off from American punk rock have been accurately detailed. Most importantly, the story transcends the era, revealing the frustrations of youthful rebellion and the angst of American suburban living.

There's a thread connecting "SLC Punk," "Quadrophenia," "Easy Rider" and "Rebel Without a Cause." The protagonists are cut from the same cloth - different eras, same story. "SLC Punk" has also been compared to other films detailing punk rock, most notably "Suburbia" and "The Decline of Western Civilization." "SLC Punk" comes far closer to the emotional truth of this 1980s American subculture. I related to almost every scene, though found the ending to be melodramatic. Why can't characters evolve due to changes within rather than the tragedies of others?

To see the beginnings of punk rock, all one has to do is view the extraordinary Sex Pistols' documentary "The Filth and the Fury." The anger and the music eventually spread to America, reaching such humble burgs as, according to this film, Salt Lake City. Fights with rednecks or frats were commonplace, and this is properly detailed. The chaos of concerts in small venues highlighted by thrash dancing and stage diving is expertly portrayed. The all-night parties, where wildly diverse styles including Nerds and Mods mixed with Punks, are recreated to great perfection.

"SLC Punk" documents all of this with a feverish style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A+++++ thanks
Published 1 month ago by Jared James Hebl
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST SEE
Love this movie! Highly recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Kelsey Kimble
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good memories of my childhood.
Published 2 months ago by Jacob Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars SCHWEET
I ordered this for my boyfriend's birthday because it is his favorite movie. Came a day before his actual birthdday. Great condition. Awesome in general!
Published 2 months ago by Haleigh Everett
5.0 out of 5 stars Been there done that, my life that is
Not far from the truth. Sombody's true life story? (maybe) That's pretty much how the years went in the scene.
Published 2 months ago by JAB
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch Suburbia instead
Rich snot has unbelievably understanding and cool parents that he pisses on and doesn't appreciate. Goes on about what it is to be punk. Read more
Published 2 months ago by WakyWizerdX
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Awesome scenery. I like the social styles of the groups mingling. I've seen it many times.
Published 2 months ago by Cole Schoessow
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Coming Back
I saw this movie for the first time when I was 13 years old and it has maintained a humorous yet bitter sweet favorite of mine. A recommendation to anyone of any age.
Published 2 months ago by smooch
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie sucked! Not punk at all
This movie sucked! Not punk at all. I watched 10 min. of it and threw it away in the trash! If anyone likes this movie I have one word for you! WEAK! This movie is totally false!
Published 3 months ago by Alexander Stewart Bain
4.0 out of 5 stars It has Mother of Pearl in the soudtrack, what more do you want.
Good movie. Funny at times and serious at others. Great music soundtrack. Would like to have in my collection.
Published 3 months ago by William Carnell
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