Pariah

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Take a tip from the title: Shun this well-meaning but ridiculous revenge drama about a vicious gang of bone-headed, California neo-Nazis and the man hell-bent on destroying them. Seven months after the suicide of his African-American girlfriend (Angela Jones), who was brutally raped by racist skinheads, the once mild-mannered Steve (Damon Jones) decides...read more

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Take a tip from the title: Shun this well-meaning but ridiculous revenge drama about a vicious gang of bone-headed, California neo-Nazis and the man hell-bent on destroying them.

Seven months after the suicide of his African-American girlfriend (Angela Jones), who was brutally raped by racist skinheads, the once mild-mannered Steve (Damon Jones) decides to get even. In a stroke of logic that doesn't bear much thought, he figures that the only way to beat the skins is to join them. So Steve gives himself a skinhead makeover — buzz cut, bomber jacket, swastika tattoos, Doc Martens — then tries to insinuate himself into the gang through Anna (Ann Zupa), an overweight, pathological liar the other skins have affectionately nicknamed Babe ("You know, like the movie"). The skins, led by Hitler-quoting Crew (Dave Oren Ward) and his adoring flunky David Lee (David Lee Wilson), are wary of the newcomer; more important, they're too busy drinking beer, beating gay men and stalking Hollywood in scary slo-mo to pay him much mind. Desperate to infiltrate their ranks, Steve is forced to commit an appalling act of violence.

It's clear from the opening image — a blood-splattered Pez dispenser — that writer-director Randolph Kret wants to scare his audience into heightened awareness of white-supremacist hate crimes. But he lacks the insight into the phenomenon to pull it off, and truly effective films like ROMPER STOMPER and AMERICAN HISTORY X not only got there first, but raised the shock bar pretty high. Since each scene of brutality is undermined by badly written and unintentionally laughable dialogue — "I got tummyache!" screams a mildly retarded skin after being shot in the stomach — it's hard to take Kret's serious intentions seriously. The problem is only compounded by the poor acting and technical incompetence. With special guest appearances by the boom mike.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Take a tip from the title: Shun this well-meaning but ridiculous revenge drama about a vicious gang of bone-headed, California neo-Nazis and the man hell-bent on destroying them. Seven months after the suicide of his African-American girlfriend (Angela… (more)

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