Thursday: "Over The Edge"

Dec. 17

Like one of those youth-gone-wild movies from the ’50s and ’60s if it totally got why kids were wild instead of being horrified and confounded by it, late ’70s aimless-teen-rebellion flick "Over the Edge" is one of the more realistic and honest movies about adolescent boredom, rage, and rebellion in small-town white America. Namely, it touches on the ennui of being a teen, the desire to feel something, anything, and how easy it is to get into trouble when no one affords you an outlet and how the people in power don't consider teens' needs (there is a very important plot point involving the plan to use land in the town for an industrial park instead of a rec center). It's also just unflinching and realistic without being too shocking, which, weirdly enough, is how "realistic" teen movies of the ’90s and 2000s like "Kids" or "Thirteen" approached the topic. When the kids get busted by the cops, Richie, played by Matt Dillon, intones, "A kid who tells on another kid is a dead kid," and there is a lot of scenes of them wilding out to lunkheaded rock ’n’ roll from Van Halen, Cheap Trick, and others, and drinking and drugging—even shooting at police cars. "Over the Edge" was written by Tim Hunter, who a few years later would direct "River's Edge," a more thrash-metal take on youth gone #DGAF. 9 p.m., Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464,, $9.50. (Brandon Soderberg)

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