The first thing that jumps out at the audience is the incredibly bad acting. It reminded me a lot of a high school play where everyone feels uncomfortable and youíre just happy no oneís forgetting their lines. Iíve seen McGowan in other things since this and luckily sheís gotten better, but itís a wonder she ever got work after her performance in DOOM GENERATION. However, compared to Johnathon Schaech, she was Meryl Streep. Iíve never seen the guy before but there were moments where I was actually embarrassed for the guy.
As bad as the acting was, it wasnít the worst part of the film. That honor is bestowed upon the writer/director, Gregg Araki. He had two jobs and he didnít seem cut out to do either of them. The actors should take legal action against him for some of the ridiculous lines of dialogue he had them speak. He actually had Rose McGowan say ďanus faceĒ without breaking a smile. If his writing wasnít bad enough, he also stumbled horribly as a director. I can handle all the inconsistencies and timeline mistakes, but his choices of shots and angles went beyond trying to be artsy and just looked clumsy. It also appeared that he didnít have enough material to last the entire 83 minutes and was forced to drag scenes on for minutes past what they needed to be.
Alright, Iím running out of room, but you get the idea. There were a lot of mistakes that I can overlook, but there were too many filmmaking 101 errors that even the most amateurish of directors wouldnít have made. There was everything from poor audio mixing to off centered cameras. I appreciate he was trying to make a sexy, hip film, but it just didnít happen.