#TBT Film Rec: Pump Up the Volume

Since Christian Slater has been on my mind and my television this week (see yesterday’s post on USA’s Mr. Robot), I decided to feature him in this week’s throwback film rec.  Many Slater films rushed to mind as candidates, like the early Tarantino screenplay True Romance (1993) or the satire that made Mean Girls (2004) thinkable, Heathers (1988)In the end, I’m going one tick more obscure to 1990’s Pump up the Volume.

Pump Up the Volume was never a huge hit but was well reviewed is still held dear by many.  It comes toward the end of what I’d call the “meaningful-film-for-and-about-teenagers” cycle that includes all of Molly Ringwald’s oeuvre, and, say, the first few tastes of Patrick Dempsey (then the big-nosed, good guy, not McDreamy), Winonna Ryder, and, yes, Christian Slater.

Slater’s Mark is the loner kid at his suburban Phoenix high school.  At night, however, he transforms from the glasses wearing shy guy, to the shirtless, smoking, and swearing underground DJ known as “Hard Harry.”   Continue reading #TBT Film Rec: Pump Up the Volume