Film: The Doom Generation

"Sex, Violence, Whatever..."

The Doom Generation is a 1995 film by Gregg Araki about Amy and Jordan, an angsty teen couple in Los Angeles, who are joined by a lovable rogue named Xavier. Their adventures lead them to commit a series of accidental manslaughters as several of the strange characters they meet mistake their identities and swear to kill them.


Tropes in The Doom Generation include:

  • Accidental Murder: Though it can be mistaken for Ax-Crazy, Xavier ends up doing this a lot.
    • "Do you have to kill someone every time we stop the fucking car!?"
  • Arc Number: Everything the characters buy costs $6.66
  • Asshole Victim: All the people they kill were trying to kill them first. The kids get attacked by Neo-Nazis and one of them dies in the end. Some viewers may see that as an example as well.
  • Break the Cutie: Averted. The abruptly bloody and bleak ending does little to stop Amy and Xavier from being completely ambivilant.
  • Buffy Speak: "Y'know, just because he and I...it doesn't mean that I'm like really all that...whatever..." "I know."
  • Continuity Nod: "Where have you been?" "Nowhere."
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Everytime Amy opens her mouth.
  • Crapsack World: Images of Hell and the Apocalypse are on every corner, everywhere they go seems weirdly abandoned and degraded, and everyone they meet tries to kill them.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Quite a lot in this movie. Jordan is Frank the Bunny from Donnie Darko, The Quickie Mart clerk's hysterical foreign wife is Margaret Cho, the news anchor is Peter from The Brady Bunch, and then some...
  • Jerk Ass Facade: Amy acts considerably less abrasive when she's alone with Jordan. The same is implied with Xavier.
  • Meaningful Name: The main characters are Xavier Red (also known as "X"), Jordan White, and Amy Blue.
  • Mood Whiplash: The downer ending, which mostly happens after they run over a dog.
  • Number of the Beast: It gets some use. And by "some," we mean, "any time a numerical value is mentioned."
  • Off with His Head!: The store owner gets his head blown off with a shotgun and somehow manages to live.
  • Road Trip Plot: Where they're going is pretty ambiguous though.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: The film becomes much more serious after the trio accidently hits a dog while driving.
  • Skinny Puppy: Make a bizarre appearance as a gang of fag-bashers around the beginning.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Some tropers might find themselves smoking a lot more after watching this.
  • Thematic Series: Forms a "Teen Apocalypse Trilogy" with Araki's other movies starring James Duval, Totally F***ed Up and Nowhere.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: They randomly meet people, many of which try to kill them or claim they know them, then are never seen again. The most prolific example would be the store owner who gets his head blown off and lives. We never get much closure to that.