The Decline of Western Civilization


Documentary / History / Music

IMDb Rating 7.7 10 2,893


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April 10, 2019


John Doe as Door Guy
Lee Ving as Punk Rocker
Penelope Spheeris as Herself - Interviewer
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756.79 MB
23.976 fps
100 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by talisencrw 9 / 10 / 10

An excellent early work for Penelope

Though I both am neither a punk aficionado (I have seen X live in Detroit in 2008) nor an expert on Spheeris' films (I have seen and enjoyed both 'Wayne's World' and 'Little Rascals'), this was very satisfying. The energy and spirit of these rebellious youths really comes across well, and the clever assertion from one of the interviewees that punk is simply another form of folk and protest music, albeit with different instruments and at a faster speed, rings true. Though I'm not privy to the Los Angeles scene (I'm from Windsor, Ontario, for crying out loud), it appears to be quite an accurate depiction, although it doesn't seem to grab hold, perhaps, of the underground movement. Seeing this, I look forward to the latter two parts of the trilogy, and only wish over the years that Spheeris had expanded her sights, and made documentaries of other, vital, forms of music in L.A., such as folk, hip-hop, rap, jazz, classical, experimental, even soundtrack work for films, since Hollywood is right nearby, and as someone already part of the filmmaking scene, she would have had access to some of the greats of our time.

Reviewed by Rebecca Martinez 1 / 10 / 10

One of the most pretentious movies I've ever seen

The only reason I give it a star is because I can't give it a 0. "Punks" are the most disgusting beings out there. They are the equivalent of what hipsters are to our society. They try to set themselves apart but in reality they're all a bunch of sheep. The only difference is they're following a different herd, but they're still sheep nonetheless. & anybody who tries to keep this sheep trend alive is just as bad. Punk= bratty middle class brats who think they're different and unique, but are just tool bags like everybody else. I'm glad this movie opened my eyes to the reality that music is just a lie.

Reviewed by teryolawwashere 1 / 10 / 10

A terrible stereotype and makes Punk come off as braindead.

Punk is supposed to be hopeful and inspirational. It is supposed to be intelligent and empowering. The rejection of fascism and materialism for genuinity. The ethic of DIY - Do It Yourself; Individuality is encouraged and the idea that everybody can accomplish things on their own. You don't have to rely on other people and you don't have to rely on the corporations - If you want to do something, you can show people an entirely brand new way of doing it. Punk is about freethinking. And freedom. Both freedom on the physical plane and the mental. Punk rock is very hopeful indeed. And I would like to consider myself a fan of punk because all of these things resonate with me. Which is why THIS DOCUMENTARY IS AWFUL. I couldn't even watch all of it. She makes punk people come across as complete idiots who just drink, do drugs and pick fights with people for NO REASON. That's all this documentary ever focuses on. And what's worst of all is that they can't even explain WHY they are fighting! You have a kid who rants about how everyone is a "poser because they're wimpy" and when asked about why he is so angry: He replies that he DOESN'T KNOW. >_> The very definition of braindead. How can you possibly NOT know why you're angry!? It's like he's never even bothered to develop an advanced thought in his entire life and never even bothers with self-reflection. I really hate the notion that punk people are supposed to be dumb drug addicts. It's an awful stereotype that this movie tries to put across as a general truth. And what makes it worse is all the other reviews talking about how this is "TRUE PUNK ROCK". It's not. It's a dilution of Sid Vicious and it's annoying to watch. Punk isn't about teenage angst and beer. It's about making the world a better place while living for yourself.

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