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My Estimated Age When I First Saw It:
Every time I revisit this, it seems more like a silly, forced attempt at putting together a gen x touchstone, and the dramatic subplots seem more very-special-episode-ish. Oh, and for some reason, as a music geek, it bothers me that the characters will namecheck The Pixies
or The Residents
, yet the soundtrack is more along the lines of The Gin Blossoms and Toad The Wet Sprocket - okay, Gwar
, Suicidal Tendencies, and Daniel Johnston are in there too, but the point is that the film makes a lot of hip musical references, but plays it pretty safe with it's actual soundtrack.
I'd actually kind of hazard a guess that the main audience for this movie would actually skew slightly younger than it's high school senior characters: I was a fan as a 15 year old, and to me a big part of the draw was "wouldn't it be cool to work at a record store with a bunch of funny, dysfunctional music geek friends?"*
, but I think if I had been exposed to the film a little bit later I probably would have found it corny.
Still, there must be something that still draws me to it once in a while, other than nostalgia - I guess a lot of it is the fairly clever dialogue, largely likeable performances, and the repeated digressions into odd little character moments - I've realized many of my favorite scenes do absolutely nothing to further the plot, like say, the montage of Marc trying to flirt with a nameless customer with headphones on while supposedly dusting, or Rex Manning deciding to join in on Warren's mugshots. Overall, I still enjoy this from time to time, but it's the kind of film where if you didn't see it at a certain age it's probably too late.