Name: Tonika Rose
SLC Punk! is one of those movies I find myself reaching for quite often. It is a superbly entertaining coming-of-age tale with a rebellious twist. If humor and wit tickles your fancy, look no further.
Matthew Lillard answered his ultimate calling playing the role of the main character Stevo. There could not have been a more perfect match for the spastic and rebellious persona. To make Stevo’s story happen, independent director James Merendino summoned up an unbeatable cast of characters, including Final Destination’s Devon Sawa, and Stevo’s perfect match of a best friend, Heroin Bob, played by Michael Goorjian. I’m confused by other reviews I have read that say the acting is anything but terrific because I think the entire cast does an astounding job, especially in intense or funny situations, such as when a gun is pulled on Stevo and Bob, Sawa’s character scaring a woman silly at a department store, and one of the final scenes of the movie that changes everything.
The acting is complimented by an intelligent script that defines each character with a unique and well-developed personality, including Stevo’s witty narrative throughout the film. There’s never a cheesy line, only brilliance. All the fun is mixed with a soundtrack so fitting, it sounds as if it was written especially for the movie, and not years before.
The issues in SLC Punk! are minor, including a few blurry camera shots. My main annoyance has to be when Stevo introduces or talks about a character all of a sudden in the middle of a scene, where it’s apparent that, even though he just spoke to them, they no longer can hear or see him as he rambles on to the camera about them. It’s awkward, and seems out of place when he was just right there with the person. Although, one does have to appreciate the extra information that may have been difficult to smoothly throw into a conversation between Stevo and the character.
Overall, SLC Punk! is a rare movie worth a spot on every movie shelf. It will make you laugh, it will make you think, and it will completely surprise you. This is striking gold in the independent movie pile.