Nowhere

Nowhere ★★★★

Nowhere is weaponized camp, the disillusionment of youth given a voice through the most garish means possible. This quasi-anthalogy film feels unmatched in how wild it becomes, a nihilistic web of disaffected teens put through the ringer of the most confusing day of their lives. As bleak and hilarious as this gets, Gregg Araki's earnestness always shines through; the near-satirical tone builds up a wall of comfort he just as gleefully tears down in order to expose how awful these characters have it. Even when these teens are at their most overblown and ridiculous, it's clear that they're still being viewed and treated as people, and that respect goes a long way in making this work.

You could also easily mistake this for a parody of the 90's due to just how overblown it is, but Araki was way ahead of the times here; he's holding up a mirror to just how ridiculous the consumer culture of the era is in the moment, and does a brilliant job exploring how harmful it can for anyone caught up in it amidst of all the madness being a teenager already entails.

This movie is so much fun to watch, even when shit is hitting the fan, because it's the natural evolution of a culture that was already teetering on the brink of absurdity. This is the MTV Generation on acid, the 90's at their apex, and Araki at his silliest and most sincere.

The opening credits call this "The Gregg Araki Movie."

He couldn't have picked a better movie to bear the title.

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