Around the Fire (1998)

Around the Fire (1998)

Directed by: John Jacobsen

Starring: Devon Sawa, Bill Smitrovich, Tara Reid

Ask yourself, would you ever want to watch a movie that has THAT for a video cover? Of course you wouldn’t, no sane person would. Of course, if you’re my friend Ian and you know that you’re not going to be watching the movie but I am, then apparently it’s a perfectly acceptable thing to get. Fucker.

Around the Fire is a coming-of-age story about a nerdy kid in the 90’s who gets introduced to “going to shows”, which are all apparently for the Grateful Dead or maybe Phish or something. He starts smoking pot and selling acid, and he has problems with his parents, finally going to rehab. However, the rehab half of the film is shown interspersed throughout the whole thing, because… uh… I don’t know, I guess the real story is all in flashback? That’s dumb.

The thing that confused me most about this film, however, was this really weird mixed message vibe I got from it. On one hand, it’s definitely promoting the camaraderie, sex, and drugs of a hippie concert atmosphere. On the other, it’s very definitely claiming that any relationship with drugs will destroy your life. Well, which the fuck is it, movie? Maybe it’s just the shitty pseudo-philosophy of a pothead that you like, not the actual drugs themselves? If that’s the case, then I don’t even know what to say.

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Born in a dumpster, died in a fire. View all posts by Reid

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