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  • Summary: To grow up in America is to, at one point or another, rebel against the world around you. If you're Stevo (Lillard) and you live in Reagan-era Salt Lake City, then, well...you just have to rebel a little bit harder. To this recent grad, the world is his enemy, anarchy his religion, and the Ramones, The Specials and the Dead Kennedys his muses. As he takes us on a guided tour of his life, we meet all sorts of punks, poseurs, mods, freaks and a few others best described as indescribable. Stevo's ex-hippie father sees his lifestyle as a rite of passage and urges him to attend Harvard Law School like himself. Not to sell out to the system, but to buy in. For Stevo, underneath the mohawk haircuts, earrings and leather, the idea, painfully, has some merit. The question becomes; how do you stay hard-core and still hope for a life beyond? [Sony Pictures Clasics] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. 90
    A hearty style of self-referential filmmaking that only adds to the persuasiveness of Lillard’s stunning performance.
  2. A surprisingly genial and affecting comedy about the trials and tribulations of teenage rebellion during the Reagan '80s.
  3. Ultimately a wiser and truer film than its crass and cartoony beginnings would have us believe.
  4. Likable for its outlandishness, less so when it shows a self-important streak.
  5. So forced and contrived in delivery that it's tedious. That's not good when the intention is to be audacious.
  6. 40
    Merendino's film is lacking the streamlined cohesion it needs to spike itself in your cortex as hoped, but it is about as accurate a punk film as I've seen in some time, especially when it comes to the horrors and boredoms of small-scene life.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    30
    What it offers at its shockingly sappy core is a familiar view of adolescent rebellion as a goofy but inevitable phase.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. LeviC.
    Sep 19, 2005
    10
    This is one of the greatest movies of all time. It blends comedy with drama.
  2. HaileyH.
    Aug 5, 2006
    9
    I love SLC punk its an amazing movie. i live in salt lake city and it was kinda cool to see a movie about living in it. for those of you who dont like this movie i pitty you. Expand
  3. MattA.
    Dec 1, 2005
    1
    I can't even imagine the type of people that are giving this film high ratings. Some critics have said that the redeeming factor of the movie is Lillard's perfomance. I couldn't disagree more. Lillard is just as annoying and over the top here as he is any of the movies in his pathetic catalogue. An altogether awful film, in the same territory as any Nora Ephron effort. Avoid unless you are a seriously depressed person who dyes your hair blue and worships punk music. Expand

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