First on the list then is a 2007 movie called Remember the Daze, a glimpse into the teenage wasteland of suburbia in 1999 that takes place over a 24 hour period. The teenagers who are featured in this film make their way through their last day of high school in the last year of the past millennium. It’s a mixed mish-mash of life from the point of view of a privileged well to do teenage group of friends who come together from all typical American outer city life styles.
From spoilt females screaming at their parents for being woken up, to wasted drugged up kids drinking, driving and having indiscriminate sex with anyone willing it seems to get on down and dirty the film seems to try and rush through as many of the things that kids in the last 20 years have had to get used to dealing with. The sad irony of the film is the realization of how fast the children of today are in a rush to grow up and do the things that adults do. The film does little to give a realistic view of the repercussions of societies dereliction of its moral values, and in many ways leaves a bitter taste in the mouth when you consider the real responsibilities that growing up throw at so many young kids way before they are ready to deal with nor handle such maturity.
Having said that, there are points in the film that you can chuckle at as they draw on your own experiences of growing up, and moments that bring poignancy to the subject matter as teenagers face life issues we are all familiar with. Perhaps not one of the more talked about or familiar names for films on the big screen circuit, I can understand why there has never been a massive media campaign for the film, as it leaves you wondering where it is going, where it’s taken you, and what you watched the whole 120 minutes for.
There was one beneficial side to Remember the Daze. The producer made use of some remarkable and brilliant indie music, and in watching the movie I was able to rekindle my love for one of my favourite UK Indie bands, Feeder.
All in all, it was a rather boring hour and a half, but in some ways worth watching all the same. If you’ve got nothing to do, are in a vegetative frame of mind and just want to watch some trivial mindless flow of images then it’s certainly worth wasting your time on. If however you’re not into teen angst and reprobates then give it a wide berth.