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S.F.W. (1994)

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An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.

Director:

Jefery Levy

Writers:

Andrew Wellman (novel), Danny Rubin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Cliff Spab
Reese Witherspoon ... Wendy Pfister
Jake Busey ... Morrow Streeter
Joey Lauren Adams ... Monica Dice
Pamela Gidley ... Janet Streeter
David Barry Gray ... Scott Spab
Jack Noseworthy ... Joe Dice
Richard Portnow ... Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ... Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey Lela Ivey ... Mrs. Spab
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Kristen
Annie McEnroe ... Dolly
Virgil Frye ... Earl
Francesca P. Roberts ... Kim Martin
Soon-Tek Oh ... Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)
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Storyline

Cliff Spab is a guy who doesn't really care about anything. He gets held hostage at a store for 36 days by terrorists, who demand that the entire thing be broadcast on national television. Cliff ends up taking a bullet for fellow hostage Wendy - making him a national hero. The two are the sole survivors of the ordeal, and soon become prisoners of the media. Cliff escapes it all, only to find himself being pushed further away from Wendy when he needs her most. Written by WildwoodFlower08

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, scenes of brutal violence, constant drug and alcohol use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So Fucking What? See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,227, 22 January 1995

Gross USA:

$63,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,513
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jefery Levy wanted to include material from Nirvana, particularly the song "All Apologies", on the soundtrack. Though the music was never obtained, Levy said an early cut of this movie was screened for singer Kurt Cobain, who "responded" to the film. Later, following Cobain's death, Levy said that he found the parallels between this movie and Cobain's life to be quite eerie. See more »

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In the opening before the gun fight cliff,Wendy and Joe are dirty and disheveled, however during the gun fight flashback they are well groomed and clean. See more »

Quotes

Cliff Spab: Thanks for the ride, Monica.
Monica Dice: Take care of yourself, Cliff. Good luck going back to being a nobody!
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One of the best anti-media movies
15 June 1999 | by cofemugSee all my reviews

The plot is cliched. In fact I could have sworn I have seen it many many times before. It is almost "Mad City" except it is better. It is the story of a hostage who has been aired for 36 straight days and has become a celebrity. His most famous quote is S.F.W. or So F***ing What. The worst thing that I could see about the movie was its language, and if the bleeps were not there on the parts that were supposed to be on television, I would swear that this had the most F-words and any other swearing than even Goodfellas. But, it did not bother me.

This movie stresses me, and it should. It is about what the media was when the movie came out. Instead of the mind-controlling media that it is currently, see "Mad City," it used to be fickle, and still is a little, and change with the public. One day the media could hate the pres and the next it could love him for the same action. This is instead of trying to force everybody to hate the pres.

The movie is a little confusing because of the editing. It starts with day 36 of the crisis, and then moves forward. We only see the crisis in flashbacks. You never learn what the terrorists are about, and it does not really matter. What does matter is that they held Spab and Wendy hostage for 36 days and aired every minute on TV.

This is pure Gen-X stuff. But, it is good for everybody else if you can get past the language. It actually has something to say about society and how everybody is sheep. They all follow everybody else without knowing why. They change at the drop of a hat. And they all want a piece of the leader.

This is not really a comedy, and not really an action or drama. It is non-conformist which is good. Watch this movie, and you will automatically mull it over. Then, watch it again. You won't see everything the first time around. This is a high-rate film, but a it has low points. 8/10


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