S.F.W. (1994)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 January 1995 (USA)
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An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morrow Streeter
Monica Dice
Janet Streeter
David Barry Gray ...
Scott Spab
Joe Dice
Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley ...
Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey ...
Mrs. Spab
Virgil Frye ...
Francesca P. Roberts ...
Kim Martin
Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)


Cliff Spab is a guy who doesn't really care about anything. He gets held hostage at a store for 36 days by terrorists, who demand that the entire thing be broadcast on national television. Cliff ends up taking a bullet for fellow hostage Wendy - making him a national hero. The two are the sole survivors of the ordeal, and soon become prisoners of the media. Cliff escapes it all, only to find himself being pushed further away from Wendy when he needs her most. Written by WildwoodFlower08

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, scenes of brutal violence, constant drug and alcohol use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

So Fucking What?  »

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Box Office


$63,649 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Jefery Levy wanted to include material from Nirvana, particularly the song "All Apologies", on the S.F.W. soundtrack. Though the music was never obtained, Levy said an early cut of S.F.W. was screened for singer Kurt Cobain who "responded" to the film. Later, following Cobain's death, Levy said that he found the parallels between S.F.W. and Cobain's life to be quite eerie. See more »


During the last flashback, Spab is seen pulling out an Uzi that he had never acquired. See more »


Cliff Spab: Thanks for the ride, Monica.
Monica Dice: Take care of yourself, Cliff. Good luck going back to being a nobody!
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Crazy Credits

The GWAR video seen in the movie follows the credits in its entirety. See more »


References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »


Like Suicide
(Acoustic Version)
Performed by Chris Cornell
Written by Chris Cornell
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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S.F.W. ....well I liked it!
6 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film not knowing what to expect; what I got was one of the coolest, most original films I've seen. It is ostensibly a hostage-drama set in a Fun-Stop convenience store, but rapidly reveals itself as more; a biting attack on the media circus and the hype machine, a revealing portrayal of suburban life in America, and a comment on the nature of heroes. The leads are played effortlessly by Stephen Dorff (who seems to not be acting at all)and Reece Witherspoon, with excellent support from B-movie stalwarts Joey Lauren Adams and Jack Noseworthy. All the characters are unlike those you see in most films... they are the sort of people you've met, but never expected to see on screen. Characters the hero Spab (Dorff) meets along the way are delightfully unattractive and random, from the hippie Earl and his militant partner to the receptionist in a neck brace at a posh hotel. Richard Portnow's FBI agent has some wonderfully quotable lines, and Mr and Mrs Spab soon reveal themselves to be far from the perfect parents. The arrangement of the story (flashbacks are employed heavily) lets you build up a rounded picture of the events that made Spab a hero, not revealing the true account of what happened in the store until near the end. Up to this point the events are clouded by the media and gossip surrounding the "Fun-Stop Hostage Crisis" and although we are led to believe Spab did something spectacular, the later flashbacks reveal why he is unwilling to assume the mantle of hero and why he seems to be in a bad mood most of the time!. A great film that depicts a classic anti-hero with more than adequate back-up from the script and cast. Watch it soon!.

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