Ben, really pleased to see this here. I saw it last month and wasn't sure what to make of it. Hopper attempting to crawl out of his acid-fried 70s wilderness with some worthy social commentary but clearly still under pharmaceutical influences? I guess I'd place it in the intriguing sub-category of 70s/80s US alt-teen cinema, alongside others such as 'Over the Edge', 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore','Suburbia', 'My Bodyguard', probably culminating in 'Rumblefish'(though that's considerably more mainstream!)
Ha, that's a great way of describing what Hopper is doing. Over the Edge scared the shit out of me as a kid. Classic moral panic film. I don't think I've seen Alice... Will have to track it down. I think my favorite in this genre, though a little later in the game, is River's Edge.
all o'these + Times Square + Ladies & Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains and in circa Over the Edge Matt Dillon time, Little Darlings.
Haha I remember see that film once, pretty odd!