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A Review of Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies

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Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Review

Documentaries can be boring. I mean let’s be honest. if you managed to stay awake during the entirety of Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth you have a sleeping disorder. The environment is just brutally boring. But not all documentaries fall into the trap of too much info, not enough explosions. Hated  is primarily about GG Allin and his group, The Murder Junkies. The documentary chronicles GG through his punk rock days where he defecated on stage, bashed his head against walls, and did drugs almost to the point of self-satire. The film is also entirely engrossing through every moment, and the cult status of the group, as well as the film, is sustained splendidly.

Reason to Watch

Lots of male genitalia is probably NOT a reason to watch, but the unrestrained insanity of the group is enthralling. It’s also worth watching for a glimpse into the ideologies of punk rock through the lens of a man who is absolutely out of his bloody mind.

Context

The Murder Junkies made terrible music, and their fans were probably all retarded (no offense, it is what it is). But Hated really does chronicle something special. A small relatively known insane man can, with enough craziness, ascend his own meaning. We’re not quite sure what amount of GG Allin was show and what was literal belief, but the event is so encapsulating it’s worth viewing for that view into something so bizarre and foreign.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Allin: I’ve had women who move to the towns I’m living in, just pack up and move there, never even met ’em before, ’cause they heard I lived there.
  • Allin: Rock’n’roll has to be destroyed and rebuilt in my name if it’s ever gonna accomplish anything
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

A case of beer. Two cases. a high tolerance of chubby man penis and feces. A love of punk rock doesn’t hurt, or at least a love for watching crazy people get crazier.

Trivia
  • GG Allin showed up at the initial screening of the film, but threw a bottle and was kicked out
  • The film contains a quick shot of his corpse, and filming was done at his funeral, included in the final picture
Educational Content

If the Sex Pistols didn’t teach you that you can fail miserably in music and succeed in some fashion, GG Allin won’t either. If you are going to kill yourself, and you tell everyone you are, and you don’t, you will come across as a pansy regardless even though the idea is stupid.

Also, drugs are bad, mmkay, but South Park should have already taught you that.

Justification for Rating

Hated may be interesting and intriguing, but it really doesn’t have any substance. It’s like the documentary/punk rock version of a summer blockbuster- there are lots of things are happening and being said, but it’s still inherently dumb and always will be.

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