The punk/sci-fi film to beat, though 'Liquid Sky' comes close. If you like your movies smart-ass, fast-paced, and absolutely unsentimental, this is what you want.In a terrific early performance, Emilio Estevez is Otto, a sneering L.A. punk who can’t hold a job and finds work as a “repo man” — a glorified car thief, really, who repossesses cars when their owners fall behind on their bills. Otto learns the ropes from veteran repo man Bud (Harry Dean Stanton, great as usual), whose favorite terms of endearment are “asshole” and “dildo.” Bud is obsessed with finding a Chevy Malibu, which turns out to be owned by a demented, lobotomized scientist hiding aliens in the trunk.
And that’s only the beginning; to reveal much more would be unfair. This feature debut from Alex Cox is loose, unstructured, and full of cold-hearted humor, not to mention a pricelessly bland appearance by the Circle Jerks (“I used to like these guys,” Otto says).The infamous TV edit, prepared by Cox, includes such hilarious profanity substitutes as “melon farmer” for “motherfucker”; as the IMDb points out, “The dubbed dialogue of the TV version has achieved cult status in its own right.”