Last weekend while we were sitting around the fire my friends and I talked about our "top ten" favorite movies. Its just so damn hard to choose once I'm past three, but I can safely say that Pump Up the Volume is among that elite group in my heart. Its by the same director who made another one of my favorites, Empire Records.
Christian Slater plays Harry Hard-On, the host of a pirate radio show with a cult like following of high schoolers in a "cookie cutter" early 90's suburban town. Unknown to them is that he is also Mark, the new guy in school, nerdy outcast. By day he eats alone and runs his hand through his hair a lot. By night he talks dirty in his low, gravelly voice about taboo subjects, the Beastie Boys and runs his hands through his hair a lot. He's just so eerily attractive in this role.
When a beautiful listener pinpoints his true identity and befriends him its not long until his show becomes a beacon for speaking and acting out in a town with serious issues and outrage.
I don't want to spoil anything if you haven't seen it so I'll stop, but you should know that I watched it about 1 million times as a teenager. I wanted to be Nora so badly with cropped hair, red lips and send mysterious and intense letters to someone in red envelopes.