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Awesome: 18.75%
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Total Crap: 22.92%

5 reviews, 18 user ratings

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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Generation Kings X"
3 stars

Daniel Nettheim's chosen an overly familiar genre for his first outing as director, but there are dilemmas and truths in Angst that most can identify with.

Dean, Jade and Ian are all in their twenties, sharing a dingy flat in inner-city Kings Cross. While Jade (Jessica Napier) is happily, defiantly unemployed, Dean (Sam Lewis) and Ian (Justin Smith) feel caught in a rut. Dean longs to get over Jade and find a new girlfriend; Ian wants to be a stand-up comic. But they need to abandon their pretensions, view life from a new perspective and take risks, before there can be any hope of success.

Screenwriter Anthony O'Connor spends too long introducing his characters; we get to know them much better once the individual stories begin to unfold. In its stride, Angst is kind of like Love and Other Catastrophes (the Australian pinnacle of this genre), without students. Nettheim and O'Connor love these characters, but they're not afraid to laugh at them. That's important, since it helps the audience relax in their company too.

Of the actors, I was especially taken with Justin Smith whose Ian has a relaxed rapport with Lewis' uptight Dean - they share a believable friendship. His section of the film has greatest resonance. Ian must confront the westie mates he left behind in the suburbs. Also very good are Luke Lennox as the street kid befirended by Jade, and Abi Tucker as Dean's new goth girlfriend. It's a terrific ensemble.

Technically, the film looks and sounds good and has all the makings of a cult hit, so long as it can find its audience.

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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
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  31-Aug-2000 (M)

Directed by
  Daniel Nettheim

Written by
  Antony O'Connor

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

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