Starring: Matthew Lillard (Scream), Annabeth Gish (X-Files), Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), Adam Pascal (RENT), and Michael A. Goorjian (Hard Rain)
(1998) R rated, comedy/ drama/ music
This movie centers on Stevo and follows his quest in self-discovery with his best friend, Heroin Bob, as a steady flow of colourful characters weave in and out of their lives.
Stevo’s journey has always been a source of motivation and hope in times of need.
When I first saw SLC Punk! I was 15-16 and had no real idea where I fit into the grand scheme of things, or even if I wanted to. It spoke to me in such a way that few movies had. It made me realize that no matter who you are, or what others think of you, as long as you are true to yourself, you can’t be wrong. That if you surround yourself with likeminded people, who really understand you, then you just created a family, however dysfunctional they may be. Most importantly, it helped me come to terms with the fact that it was okay to not be certain in life, that it wasn’t a bad thing to not have everything all planned out. Things have a way of working themselves out in the long run. When it comes down to it, you WILL make the decisions you need to in order to move forward. It’s easy to substitute “punk” for whatever culture you hang your hat on, but one thing is for sure, the movie speaks volumes for finding yourself.
These two guys are trying to hold fast to their ideals in an ever changing and evolving society, something, I think, that everyone can relate to.
It is a completely character driven film, and you are taken on a journey by Stevo, our fearless leader, as he is shaped by the people in his life and the path he has chosen. The style of the film is reminiscent of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the straight to camera monologues, well developed characters, and hardly any adult figures throughout the film. While SLC Punk! is all about youth finding their way, it is certainly not a John Hughes film. It’s a much bolder statement on how some view the world. A character study on the punk movement in 1985 and a character that is relatable to everyone on one level or another. Not that everyone dyed their hair blue and thrived on chaos, but at one point or another everyone has lost their footing and needed to find a way back.
Oddly enough, this movie has always been my life line. Whenever I reach a point in my life that I don’t know where to go, what path to take, or what to do. Whether it was coming to terms with moving back East after living in Vancouver, or deciding to go back to school after three years in the “real world”, this movie has always helped me make the decision. Half the time I don’t even realize that there is a decision that needs to be made, it’s just a movie I keep going back to, and it’s always at a time when that lesson needs to be reapplied.
There’s no sense trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, do what fits.
“No man should part with his own individuality and become that of another” – William Ellery Channing
For more information on SLC Punk! please go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133189/