There's something strangely sweet about this dopey, anti-drug screed aimed at teens in which music-loving adolescents keep their cravings at bay by organizing clean-and-sober raves. JB (Kentaro Seagal) is lucky enough to own the Downstream Club and sponsors less-fortunate young people like Elmo (Broc Benedict), a runaway who shot his abusive father. Despite the misgivings of his partner, Zink (Peter Alexander), and financial pressure from his mother, JB provides jobs for street kids at his night-club/boutique. When he's not busy romancing rival emporium owner Nicole (Shannon Elizabeth), JB takes his child-like employees on outings. Sensing their need for escape, he introduces them to a natural drug called Amber and talks up its euphoric properties. Unbeknownst to JB, Zink is running a real drug operation out of the Downstream and using the unwitting Nicole to transport his dope. Zink resents JB's popularity and undermines his standing with the emotionally fragile runaways by revealing that Amber is nothing but glorified tree sap. The misfit youngsters feel betrayed and return to their old ways, even joining Zink's drug operation. Aware that he's lost his juice as a role model, JB nevertheless tries to re-corral his groupies. But Zink has cultivated an atmosphere of suspicion that undermines JB's efforts. JB is willing to confront Zink face to face, but will their showdown restore the Downstream Club's luster or lead to violence? This melodrama of innocence-betrayed wears its heart on its tattered sleeve as Peter Pan-ish JB protects his Lost Boys from drug pirate Zink. The monotonous music and hideous fashions will appall older viewers, but the film may touch a nerve with teens on the lookout for a reason to just say no.
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- Released: 2001
- Rating: R
- Review: There's something strangely sweet about this dopey, anti-drug screed aimed at teens in which music-loving adolescents keep their cravings at bay by organizing clean-and-sober raves. JB (Kentaro Seagal) is lucky enough to own the Downstream Club and sponsor… (more)