Written by Ivan Radford
|Thursday, 28 October 2010 12:52
Director: Greg Araki
Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple
"What the Jesus?" "It's nuttier than squirrel shit!" That's how young people talk in movies. You can tell because they sound cool. Smith (Dekker) is a young person. He talks like that. He sounds cool. He's also gay. And has an uber long fringe. Which of course means that he sleeps with a lot of people.
That's pretty much all there is to Greg Araki's oddball film, a fantasy that wants to be funny but gets too carried away with showing people having sex. Smith's best friend Stella (Bennett) likes women. She also has lots of sex. One time she has sex with a witch, who then starts to control her life using evil witch powers. And stuff.
There's also some men in animal masks, a couple of dead bodies and the odd spot of drugs - your usual Uni-set thriller, then, with all the depth of a high school sitcom. For all its efforts to be intriguing or interesting, Araki's dream-led weirdness is closer to dull sub-Lynch pointlessness. I'm all for cult films and even cult movements, but this is just silly. And shoving sex in our face isn't the best way to change that.
Kaboom? Damp squib more like.