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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.



  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Egg meets the Teen Idol when he opens the door on her in a bathroom stall.
  • Chest Burster: At the end of the film, Dark and Montgomery are in bed together when a giant cockroach alien emerges from Montgomery's chest, presumably killing him. This explains why he'd been feeling off the whole movie.
  • 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 Homosexual/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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: James Duval's character spends a lot of time naked.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Played with with Mel, who Really Gets Around. Dark is accepting of her dalliances, but longs for a deeper relationship.
  • Mysterious Waif: Montgomery is a male example. He's a blonde, skinny, and waifish twink with heterochromia and a perpetually lost expression. He seems to suffer from amnesia and has a strange spiritual connection with Dark. In the end it turns out he's a host for an alien cockroach.
  • Night and Day Duo: Mel's two main love interests have this in their theme-naming. She's interested in both Lucifer (light) and Dark.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Most of the characters goes by strange and seemingly symbolic nicknames.
    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!
  • Random Events Plot: Most of the movie is a series of vignettes of the characters bumming around and trying to make it to a crazy party, while space aliens menace the town in the background.
  • Really Gets Around: Mel, who's in an open relationship with Dark and Lucifer sleeps with almost anyone and says that people aren't meant to be monogamous.
  • Shower Scene: The first scene, which features Dark masturbating in the shower.
  • Sinister Minister: The televangelist that makes teens commit suicide.
  • Sorry, I'm Gay: Lucifer's fist when a guy asks, "My jizz on your face?"
  • The Stoner: Bart and Handjob mostly, but everyone else too
  • Teen Idol: The, well, teen idol that Egg encounters. Deconstructed in that he resents his status and exploits his allure to get revenge on the fans he resents, raping and driving Egg to suicide.
  • Terror At Makeout Point: The overarching plot of the film is that space aliens arrive on Earth amidst a bunch of drug-addled teenagers who are too busy having sex to notice. Throughout the film, vapid teens have sex in cars and get offed by the aliens.
  • Thematic Series: With The Doom Generation and Totally F***ed Up.
  • The Twink: Bart and Montgomery are both young, skinny gay men.
  • Vague Age: The main characters at times seem to be in high school and live with their parents, but could also plausibly be in college as they never seem to go to class and at other times act like 20-somethings. It's never specified, and due to Dawson Casting is hard to pin down.
  • Valley Girl: Applies to all the female characters to some extent, as they're all vapid Angelinos, but in particular Rose McGowan has a cameo as a sunglasses-clad fashionista who spends the whole scene gossiping in an exaggerated Valley Girl accent, before promptly getting killed.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bart has green hair.


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