This film has always been one of my favorites. It's so totally teen angst that it takes a teenager to really enjoy the thing.Christian Slater was at the peak of his powers as a Gen X spokesman when this film came out. Of course now he's a wife-beating piece of jail-bait, but back then he was someone we all looked up to. He was all badass and fuck you and generally nasty.
Samantha Mathis is great boner material. She's the girl you wished you knew in high school, but you didn't... because all the girls in high school were boneheads. And hated you. Except the fat ones.
So the deal is that Christian-lad is Happy Harry Hardon, a pirate radio DJ who the local kids have started looking up to. He spouts a littany of "why the world is fuct" speeches every night and when the teens start acting up, the old folks want Harry stopped.
In the "been there seen that" 90's, it has a less potent effect than it once did, but if only for the music (which is awesome in a Leonard Cohen/Descendants kind of way), the cool monologues ("all the great themes have been used up, turned into theme parks") and Sam Mathis getting her shirt off, Pump Up The Volume is well worth a look.Oh yeah, and check out a young Seth Green. That dude's in everything.