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Overall Rating
3.1

Awesome: 18.75%
Worth A Look31.25%
Average: 14.58%
Pretty Bad: 12.5%
Total Crap: 22.92%

5 reviews, 18 user ratings


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Angst
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by Chris Parry

"The search for 'hip' continues on it's ill-fated journey of disappointment."
1 stars

It can be amazing watching the progress of a bad film, especially when you see it early. We've all been there, seeing something crap and telling everyone we know to avoid it, only to watch the world filter through and come out saying "oh, it was alright.. nothing great, but.. you know.. kinda fun.. in parts." Generally the same people who make such excuses for a film would send back a soup that came to their table cold, or object if they were over-charged a dollar for a taco, but a movie ticket? Hey, it was... alright... not going to change the world or anything...

Angst, I can't say it enough, is crap. Distinct underachievement for all concerned. I can't help it, I have to say it, because it's just damn true. I've no doubt some people will like this film. I've little doubt some will love it. But then some people like to pierce their nipples and swing from them by chains, so don't ask me to understand people.

Angst is one of the few films that so reviled me, that I had to fight the urge to leave early. It was really difficult, but I have a job to do.

Forgive me for going back to food, but I'm starving as I type this. Ever tried to make a cake without an flour? Of course not, there'd be no point. It would just sit limp at the bottom of the pan. So why people persist with making films without a finished (or decent) script is just beyond my frame of thought. The script is where it's all at. It's what the whole project hinges on. Anything else can be explained away if a problem pops up. Shabby editing? Yeah, but the script was good. Camera out of focus? Yeah, but wasn't the story great! Acting terrible? Hey, the acting in Clerks was awful, but the dialogue… oh my God! Hilarity!

So what do you say when the script stinks? You say the film was crap. You don't make excuses, you don't try to find the good side, you just call it how you see it. End of story.

Angst is a dead-set imitation of Clerks. Consider the ingredients (look out, food theme again). You've got an angst-ridden lad with an awful goatee who spends his days behind a cash register. You've got his shattering lovelife and self-absorbed 'why do I always lose' outlook on same, you've got the comedy-spouting best mate, who also, coincidentally, is a register jockey. You've got the caring chick, the local miscreant, and far too many 'funny stories' that are told in flashback and have absolutely bugger all reason to be there other than to fill space and make you chuckle (with any luck).

And every bloody passage of dialogue follows the Kevin Smith trademark sequence: pseudo-philosophising teenager says something bizarre, straight guy says "what do you mean" or "I don't understand", philosopher ends story with punchline, move along quickly to next flashback tale. The entire two and a bit hours of Dogma was made up of this routine and all it leaves you with is a feeling of sorrow for the actor that spends the entire film saying "what do you mean?"

Heck, even the poster for Angst is an unabashed Clerks 'homage', and don't think the cunningly placed video copy of the film went unnoticed in the video store scenes. Hope the Errors & Ommissions insurance was in place for that one...

The moral of Angst is that everything is okay when you just go out and find someone for a shag. Who knew it was time for another Alvin Purple film?

The cast aren't awful. But their taste in scripts clearly is. Jess Napier nearly makes me cry with some of her script choices. I guess if you're an actor in Australia and you need to pay rent you take whatever roles are thrown your way, but seriously, Jess, a little forethought please. You could be turning down the roles Toni Collette is taking if you just held out for something decent.

Daniel Nettheim's direction of Angst is similarly not awful. He makes do with what he's been delivered and a rookie director ain't in a position to be too picky. Some of the scenes and settings, particularly some of the stereotypical Kings Cross background is just plain awful, but for the most part Angst at least looks good, though it never really needed to. It just needed to have some balls behind it, and this self-aware, wannabe cool thang is just not enough to make an audience happy they spent money to come see.

By all means, go see Angst. It's an aussie film and… yay aussie, all that crap. But seriously, don't go early expecting a crowd. Or value for money.

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User Comments

1/14/05 Arlo B Its a movie where the characters work in a video shop and talk movies. Need I say more? 1 stars
7/11/04 Benito Nice "more than just teenage", but still teenage film 5 stars
2/24/04 Rachel Excellent. Hard to find. Justin Smith and Luke Lennox are stand outs. 5 stars
7/29/03 Will Definately in the Top 10 Australian films! 5 stars
10/31/02 Liam Freeman Cliched, over-done, self conscious, Sydney-centric rubbish. 1 stars
10/15/01 bri i thought it was awsome.. 4 stars
9/28/01 The-ALpha enjoyed it, one of the first sympathetic portrayals of a goth i've ever seen. Charming cast 4 stars
9/13/01 Corvus Got that slightly surreal 'Cross by night vibe down perfect! 5 stars
9/03/01 CAZZA cool movie 4 stars
4/11/01 Dave C Come on man! This was some funny shit! 5 stars
2/16/01 Kay Green I love Abi Tucker , I could use some makeup tips from her!! 5 stars
2/04/01 Brooke MAD!!!!!!! 5 stars
1/21/01 Pokka self-conscious, try-hard, woeful script! 1 stars
9/01/00 Klute Just completely tragic. Woeful. 1 stars
8/29/00 Vince A real surprise. Smart and funny. Good stuff. 5 stars
8/29/00 Pepo Buntman Funniest Aussie flick for years 5 stars
8/26/00 Belinda I walked out of this and I saw it for free!! 1 stars
8/17/00 neil bartlett its all been done before 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  31-Aug-2000

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Australia
  31-Aug-2000 (M)


Directed by
  Daniel Nettheim

Written by
  Antony O'Connor

Cast
  Sam Lewis
  Jessica Napier
  Justin Smith
  Abi Tucker
  Lara Cox
  Ben Agier



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