Whatever 1998 R CC

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A teenage girl in 1981 focuses on partying and experimentation instead of her studies.

Starring:
Frederic Forrest, Chad Morgan
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

Whatever

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Genres Drama
Director Susan Skoog
Starring Frederic Forrest, Chad Morgan
Supporting actors Frederic Forrest, Kathryn Rossetter, Marc Riffon, Dan Montano, John G. Connolly, Gary Wolf, Tony Torn, Trey Compton, Joe Mantragna, Matt Rumbaugh, Jim Neville, Garret Spencer, Destiny Matranga, Mary Jo Roth, Evie Mazzone, Michelle Yahn, Lenora Nemetz, Peter Gannon
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By swarznak@andrew.cmu.edu on January 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Without a doubt, Whatever was the best movie I've seen in ages. It provides a shocking, yet realistic view of growing up - dealing with peer pressure, sex, drugs, parents, and despite it all, folowing your dreams. This is no fabricated, mass produced Hollywood flick about coming of age - where everybody is flawlessly beautiful and dressed in designer clothes. The portraits painted of the characters will indelibly stay with you. Whatever captures the experience of growing up better than any contemporary film. This is not a sugarey teenybopper film, so it might not be intended for all audiences. You still have to see it though! And for a sidenote: the soundtrack is wonderful and has a bunch of great 80s songs by the Ramones, Patti Smith, the Pretenders, and Iggy Pop.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "thedarkwatcher" on December 1, 1999
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This movie, believe it or not, is not about how much pot you can smoke, how much alcohol you can drink, or how much sex you can have. It's about testing the limits of oneself at a point in life where everything is unsure. Are your friends right for you? How far should you go to protect and love them? Ultimately, this is a tale of someone who must find out through actions what the right decision is for herself. Liza Weil is a wonderful actress and portrays Anna Stockard with perfection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 10, 1999
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You could call it teen angst, or you could call it an exceedingly honest portrayal of being a teenager, or you could call it a bildungsroman. I am completely entranced by this film -- it is completely honest, if a tad blunt in scenes like Brenda (best friend) cooing over a baby, having sex with everything with somethin' hanging between his legs, and her boyfriend making fun of his sister's pregnancy all at once. Other more subtle references make this film what it is, a very powerful version of the all-american film of an all-american coming of age. In spite of the bluntness of such scenes and characters, the powerful sense of aloneness and simultaneous desire to be like everyone else is (namely happy) make this movie worth every minute. And, from out of nowhere, a John Prine cover, "Angel From Montgomery," thrown in amongst Stevie Nicks' and David Bowie's classic eighties pop, brings it all together for me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2001
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Yeah! This movie was extremely accurate in depicting what it's like to be a teenager. Being a 16 year old teenager myself, I'm really tired of so many "teen movies" made today that are impossible for me to watch because of how unrealistic they are in every aspect, from parties to school. However, this one actually did a good job in showing what the life can really be like. It is a nice change from what's been out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
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A great independent film with a real, honest performance from Liza Weill as a lower middle class teenager struggling to become an adult. The movie's sex and drug scenes are startlingly graphic, but ultimately what lets the audience connect with the characters and storyline.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By allienorfin@aol.com on May 8, 1999
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this was an awesome movie. great acting. great story. great movie. what more could you ask? the movie was very true to the sh*tiness of life... and EVERYBODY can relate to that.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Thomson on January 20, 2001
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Liza Weil beautifully plays the role of a teen age girl encountering the challenges of young adulthood. "Whatever's" script is average and the overall production quality will not win it any Academy Awards. Nonetheless, Weil saves the day with a performance that promises future greatness. She has definite star quality. The film refuses to clearly state whether the young girls are foolishly damaging themselves when indulging in promiscuous sex and dangerous drug use. Is it moral cowardliness, or is the viewer suppose to make up their own mind? The reluctance to declare certain behavior as wrong pervades the script. I definitely got the impression that Director and Screen Writer Susan Skoog shies away from value judgments. Either I missed something, or "Whatever" fails to even have a point of view. This is regrettable, but understandable in today's relativist milieu.
"Whatever" is disturbing and although the film focuses upon the time period of the early 1980's, it is just as relevant in the beginning of our new century. This is not a film for everyone, but a concerned person will likely appreciate it if they desire to understand a bit more about what inclines some youth towards self destructive activities. Also, if my prediction regarding the future of Liza Weil is on target--you may want to purchase a copy of her first major movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Mattoon on June 6, 2000
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Low budget and lack of star power cannot diminish the beauty and sadness in this tale of best friends caught up in the wildness of "sex, drugs, and rock and roll" in suburban New Jersey. Both star Lisa Weil and Chad Morgan as her best friend, Brenda, give heartbreaking performances as High School Seniors coping with family dysfunction, abuse, and uncaring teachers. The main character is saved by her artistic ability and a mentor who encourages her to be the painter he failed to become. Her friend, Brenda, is not so lucky and ends up on the path to complete self-destruction. A very frank, unflinching, and unususal tale about the troubles GIRLS face in reaching adulthood.
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