Crime,Drama   United States of America

"Over the Edge" is a 1979 American drama film directed by Jonathan Kaplan. The story revolves around a group of alienated teenagers living in New Granada, a seemingly idyllic suburban town. Frustrated by their lack of opportunities and feeling misunderstood by the adults in their lives, they begin to rebel and push boundaries.

The film primarily focuses on two main characters: Carl (played by Michael Eric Kramer) and Richie (played by Matt Dillon, in his screen debut). Carl is a troubled teenager who is caught up in the rebellious spirit of his peers. Richie, on the other hand, is a more cautious and introverted teenager, torn between following the rules and joining his friends' revolt.

As tensions rise, the teenagers indulge in increasingly risky behavior, including vandalism, theft, and drug use. They become frustrated with the monotony and lack of freedom in their lives, feeling trapped within the confines of their suburban existence.

The adults of New Granada, concerned about the escalating delinquency among the youth, attempt to enforce stricter rules and curfews, further fueling the resentment within the teenage population. The pressure continues to build until it reaches a breaking point during a house party, where a violent confrontation occurs between the teenagers and the local authorities.

The film explores themes of rebellion, identity, and the desire for freedom. It portrays the teenagers as victims of a system that fails to understand and provide for their needs, ultimately pushing them to take matters into their own hands. The music of Cheap Trick, The Cars, and The Ramones provides a backdrop to the rebellious and energetic atmosphere of the film.

"Over the Edge" is often associated with the 1955 classic "Rebel Without a Cause" due to its exploration of similar themes and the portrayal of disillusioned youth. Despite being shelved for several years, the film gained recognition after Matt Dillon rose to fame, becaming a sleeper hit. Its strong direction and well-written dialogue contribute to the realistic portrayal of suburban alienation and the rampage of youth.
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