Film / Nowhere

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"L.A. is like... nowhere. Everybody who lives here is lost."
Dark Smith

Nowhere is a 1997 movie written and directed by Gregg Araki as the third part of his "Teen Apocalypse Trilogy", following Totally ***ed Up and The Doom Generation.

It's a bizarre, surreal and sex-saturated black comedy set in a vaguely futuristic and apocalyptic Los Angeles, filled with petty, pretty, vacuous, bisexual, drug-addled teen friends. Throughout the movie, they get abducted by aliens, killed, or commit suicide amidst lots of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll as they try to get to an exclusive, rave-type party for more of the same. It is described as "90210 on acid" on the VHS cover box, which is apt.


Tropes:

  • Cringe Comedy: Lots of talk about bodily functions and diseases.
    Cowboy: Did you hear about Marcus? His butt hole fell out and he has to have surgery!
    Dark: Oh, Henry.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Played with. Everyone is too vapid and concerned with having sex to notice the space aliens taking over or really care about one another. On the other hand, Dark's determination to find true love and emotion with Montgomery makes him sympathetic and something of the Only Sane Man in the bleak world of the film.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Exaggerated. Most of the characters get a sex scene and everyone who doesn't is implied to have an active sex life.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Most of the characters seem to be.
    • If you listen closely to the gossip being passed by the Valley Girls at the bus stop, everyone in their social circle is sleeping with everyone else, regardless of gender.
    • Mel and Dark stand out in particular, as they both have same-sex love interests while dating each other.
  • Evil Laugh: Elvis, after beating Handjob's face in.
  • Fetish: BDSM, armpit licking, threeways, and hermaphrodite porn stars that can Screw Yourself and other Conveniently Common Kink.
  • Gainax Ending: While in bed with Dark, Montgomery turns out to have been an alien cockroach, who immediately leaves.
  • Gay Cowboy: Referenced with a gay character known as Cowboy.
  • Mind Screw: Has its moments, such as the alien sub-plot that goes on in the background.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Most of the cast.
    Egg: Well, I mean my real name's Polly, but my friends all call me Egg. Dweeby, I know. But it just kinda stuck.
  • Phone Booth: No one has a cell phone!

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