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Year
1982
Runtime
93 min.
Director
Susan Seidelman
Genres
Drama, Music
Rating *
6.7
Votes *
817
Checks
343
Favs
17
Dislikes
3
Favs/checks
5.0% (1:20)
Favs/dislikes
6:1
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    Siskoid

    Susan Seidelman's promising first feature, Smithereens, is a neo-realist punk indie character study set in a New York of vibrant colors, interesting music, and grungy dilapidation. No romance here, except maybe what's in Wren's head. She says (or acts like) she wants to join a band, wants to leave New York, wants to fall in love, wants to be a fashion icon... But she wants to live the dream, not earn it. So she's a liar, and a profiteer, a bum who burns every couch behind her. It's the punk attitude with real consequences (suggesting, without every mentioning it, that you need to be well off to actually say F*** the world) and her nihilism spins her into friendlessness, and poverty, and hopelessness. It's a story about how someone ends up on the streets, with the very real notion that it was, in some way, her choice. Susan Berman is a kind of inner city Molly Ringwald as Wren, a spoiled brat without the suburban princess trappings. The ending is elliptical, but we can well imagine where it's all heading, and it's nowhere good. Still a relevant picture, even in our post-punk, post-grunge, post-wherever we are now world. 1 year 11 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #81 in BFI's 100 American Independent Films
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  2. This movie ranks #1136 in The Criterion Collection
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