Tweeked

Torn between nihilistic kicks and drug horrors, Beth Dewey's itchy, sloppy "Tweeked" makes a hash of the possibilities of updating the bad-girls-on-the-lam genre. Under the hipster veneer is a thoroughly conventional doodle about alienated youth, destined for a short trip through the fest scene.

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With: Darling Narita, Ali Raymer, Gavin Hignight, David Carrera, Alfredo Gasso, Chris D, Jay Dialo, Richmond Arquette.

Torn between nihilistic kicks and drug horrors, Beth Dewey’s itchy, sloppy “Tweeked” makes a hash of the possibilities of updating the bad-girls-on-the-lam genre. Dreadfully shot and recorded, pic stands as a talisman of what folks have been warning about with the explosion of digital video cinema — a lot more cheap movies, and a lot more bad ones. Under the hipster veneer is a thoroughly conventional doodle about alienated youth, destined for a short trip through the fest scene.

Finding a gun in their search of goodies in large trash bins leads to nothing but predictably bad things for Carrie (Darling Narita, notable in Ash’s first feature, “Bang”) and Michelle (Ali Raymer), the latter of whom is hooked on whatever substance drug dealer Diablo (David Carrera) serves up to them. Never once stopping her out-of-control friend, Carrie lets Michelle get them into trouble, leading to escape via freeway to Laguna Beach, where Carrie finds a curious, geeky fellow (Gavin Hignight) interested in her while Michelle goes bonkers from excessive snorting. Given that pic is more outlined than scripted, Narita and Raymer must improvise a good deal, and the strain shows.

Tweeked

Production: A Dumpster Films presentation in association with Pathmaker and Filmmakers Alliance. Produced by E. Shepherd Stevenson. Executive producer, Taka Arai. Directed, written by Beth Dewey.

Crew: Camera (color, digital video), Jack Gould; editor, P.F. McCarthy; music, Danny Carey, E. Shepherd Stevenson; production designer, Jacqui Masson; costume designer, Liz Fairburn. Reviewed at Egyptian Theatre (American Cinematheque Alternative Screen series), Hollywood, March 8, 2001. Running time: 86 MIN.

With: With: Darling Narita, Ali Raymer, Gavin Hignight, David Carrera, Alfredo Gasso, Chris D, Jay Dialo, Richmond Arquette.

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