Head On
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In this Australian adaptation of the Christos Tsiolkas' novel Loaded, Greek-Australian director Ana Kokkinos delineates 24 hours of drug and sex activities by a Melbourne teen, 19-year-old Ari (Alex Dimitriades). It's a way of life unknown to his traditional Greek parents; they expect him to watch out for his younger sister Alex (Andrea Mandalis), who's secretly involved in an affair with a Lebanese youth. Ari exits a wedding, goes to a gay bar, and has sex with strangers. He hangs out with friends -- Sean (Julian Garner), cross-dressing Johnny (Paul Capsis), and Joe (Damien… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Ana Kokkinos has an eye for local color but spends little time developing the supporting characters."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Although Head On has a certain rude power, it's definitely not a date flick."
‑ , E! Online
"Kinetic, at times shocking, and -- as the title suggests -- constantly in your face, this is a film that may be narrow in scope but is awfully big in heart."
‑ Ben Falk, Empire Magazine
"Its frank portrayal of gay life is a refreshing foil to the watered-down examples of queer cinema we've seen of late."
‑ Rod Armstrong, Reel.com
"In a way, the film is a kissing cousin to the 1960s kitchen sink dramas of the British cinema and the working-class angst of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Ari comes off as little more than a self-centered, bigoted layabout, contemptuous of anyone who works for a living and a trial to his family."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A film more easily admired than enjoyed, but there is much to admire in this bold, unsettling film."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Kokkinos ... goes at it all with a relentless, take-no-prisoners panache and pace; this film moves."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Anyone of any generation who has ever felt at odds with his or her environment can identify with the characters in Head On."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It seems to parade its anger instead of explaining it or putting it in a dramatic context. It's a rant, not a drama."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"There are some powerful moments in this rambling day-in-the-life odyssey."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Head On crashes rights into your gay expectations and drags them down into the gutter. Powerful forces are at work here. You won't go home laughing. No way."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
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