Aroview: A true-life story of Florida murder, teenager style, which dir. Clark uses to produce an X-rated, yet quite recognisable portrait of America’s brain-fried MTV generation.
Brad Renfro and ‘bully’ Nick Stahl excel as two childhood buddies, whose relationship has turned oddly sadomasochistic. ‘Victim’ Renfro is finally galvanised to terminate the friendship in bloody, inept and drawn out fashion with the aid of his friends and a slightly older ‘hitman’, Leo Fitzpatrick. As the numbed language of its protagonists eventually leads this into black comedy, the profuse sex-scenes and voyeuristic shots also submerge the story in a woozy atmosphere of hormonal overdrive reminiscent of the earlier KIDS.