Over the Edge
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Over the Edge (DVD)
Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Matt Dillon ("Crash," "There's Something About Mary") stars in this updated "Rebel Without a Cause" tale about teenagers in an affluent middle-American suburb where everything should be right, but isn't. The New York Times said it is "one of the year's best" and The Village Voice called it "dynamic, well directed, and acutely observed." Leonard Maltin sums it up as "powerful.... A winner!" Directed by Emmy-winner Jonathan Kaplan ("The Accused") with a soundtrack featuring music by Cheap Trick, The Cars, The Ramones and Van Halen.]]>
Return to the pre-Internet days of 1979, when teens had KISS on their T-shirts and Led Zeppelin on their walls (wait, other than the high-waisted pants, that could be today). Richie (Matt Dillon in an electrifying debut) and Carl (Michael Kramer) are two such teens stuck in the planned community of New Granada (rural Colorado). Richie is a two-bit hood in Jackie Earle Haley (Bad News Bears) mode. Carl, his partner in mischief (breaking curfew, setting off firecrackers), comes from a more stable environment. Once a gun enters the picture, petty crime leads to tragedy and then apocalyptic revenge. Over the Edge gets the details right: the kids, the era, and their frustration with an uncomprehending adult world. At times, it almost feels like documentary, except for a few moments of high Kubrick-meets-Walter Hill drama, as when Carl gets jumped by a couple of hoods, including Vincent Spano (Baby It's You). Directed by Jonathan Kaplan (The Accused) and shot by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive), Over the Edge was unavailable for too long and deserves to find the same audience as other teen rebellion classics like co-writer Tim Hunter's River's Edge. The period-perfect soundtrack ups the ante with potent tracks from Cheap Trick, the Ramones, and the Cars. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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This was one of the best teenage angst movies of my generation. I recommend you buy it and show it to your kids, I think they will be surprised. My nineteen year old son was, also at how much he liked it. We had tried to find a good copy on YouTube and watched part of it, but this was so much better. Always a must see!
This film is honest and non-politically correct and explores the true and genuine feelings that emerge from a teen's mind. From the fixation with dating someone that seems out of reach, to doing mischief and just haging out. Music also plays a big part in a teen's life and the film's score is definitely genuine and reflective of the era.
What is interesting also, is it shows the different nuances and tendencies among those teens and unlike many other films, doesn't lump them all together. Rather, we have a wide range of differences and personalities and the message clearly communicates the path one can take based on choices and attitudes that start in those early years, for better or for worse.
The acting is also very genuine. The kids are basically themselves, and that's more than I can say for so many of these teeny bopper movies that merely reflect teh marketing interests of an ever out of touch Hollywood. It took me years to find this film, which only has bene released fairly recently. I am very grateful to finally have it in my collection and highly recommend it to everyone.