Friday, May 8, 2015
Over the Edge
Of course, you could argue that such connectivity would just get the word out faster. But in an insular community such as New Grenada, back in a much simpler time, everyone knew everyone, saw them at the rec center. If you and your similarly disaffected and bored friends (many of them "latchkey kids") wanted to torch the whole damned community because your parents were more interested in building shopping centers and selling Cadillacs than in quality time with you, well....
Matt Dillon makes his screen debut as Richie, barely supervised by his single, hippie mother who keeps joints in the ashtray of her jeep. He's a real troublemaker, eager to agitate teachers and the police at every opportunity. Richie hangs with Carl (Michael Kramer), essentially a good kid whose willingness to please completely disintegrates by the final frame. Perhaps because his parents are the ones hypnotized. By their furniture and an idea of a utopia in the middle of nowhere. A flight from the urban scene to an hermetic locale where of course the children will similarly be content and fall in line. A recipe for disaster.
As with any feature that showcases bad behavior, some who see the movie may cheer the punkish behavior, just like the kids do in this film as they watch an anti-vandalism movie in one of their classes. OVER THE EDGE does not endorse but also does not entire condemn the choices the kids make. The finger is pointed squarely at the adults, the ones too transfixed by their TVs to attend important community meetings, perhaps the ones truly responsible for the chaos to follow.
In the end, viewers will deem OVER THE EDGE as either a wake up call or the ultimate endorsement for birth control.