Head On
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In this gritty Australian drama, the nihilistic son of Greek immigrants indulges in 24 hours of hedonism in ethnically conflicted inner-city Melbourne. Ari (Alex Dimitriades), a 19-year-old layabout, spends his time picking up strange men for furtive sex; dealing, and doing, speed with his friends; fighting with his conservative father and beleaguered mother; and trying to look after his younger sister, Alex (Andrea Mandalis), who's involved in a clandestine relationship with a young Lebanese guy. Although Ari rails against the racism of Australian society, he's also a bit of a bigot… 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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