Film Comment - 07/01/2008
"It's the only quasi-feminist teen-rock film by Lou Adler....The real nihilistic sparks fly between Ray Winstone and Diane Lane as leaders of their respective bands."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/03/2008
"[E]njoy early turns by Lane and Dern....Best of all are the catchy-as-hell original songs that inspired real-life rockers from Bikini Kill to Courtney Love." -- Grade: A-
Description by Ryko Distribution:
Recently orphaned Corrine "Third Degree" Burns (a 14-year-old Diane Lane) enlists her cousin (Laura Dern) and sister (Marin Kanter) to launch a punk rock band, The Stains. Three rehearsals later, The Stains score the opening slot on a cross-country tour with aging metal act The Metal Corpses (led by Fee Waybill of The Tubes) and British punk rockers The Looters (real-life punk pioneers Paul Simonon from The Clash and Steve Jones & Paul Cook of The Sex Pistols). The Stains meteoric rise (and equally lightening-quick fall) owes more to TV exposure than to talent. Cynical commentary on teen angst and rampant consumerism, or prescient allegory for today's pop scene'
Cult Film |
Music (General) |
Pop / Rock |
Punk Rock |
Punk Rockers |