- 1 hr 36 min
S.F.W. is a drama-comedy film from 1994 directed by Jefery Levy and starring Stephen Dorff, Reese Witherspoon, and Jake Busey. The film takes a satirical look at how the media and society's preoccupation with violence, celebrity culture, and consumerism can obscure the truth and blur the lines between reality and fiction. The film centers around Cliff Spab (played by Stephen Dorff), a slacker and self-proclaimed nihilist who finds himself the unwitting star of a media frenzy after he and his friend Joe Dice (played by Jake Busey) are taken hostage at a convenience store by a group of masked gunmen. Captured on camera by a news crew, the event becomes a national sensation and catapults Cliff and Joe to overnight fame.
As they spend their time trapped in the store, Cliff and Joe become increasingly disillusioned with their newfound celebrity status and the strange and often bizarre world they find themselves in. To pass the time, they begin to make tongue-in-cheek videos critiquing American culture and society, which are broadcast to a rapt and adoring public. But as the days pass, their situation grows more dangerous and uncertain, and they begin to question if they will ever get out alive.
Meanwhile, a young woman named Wendy Pfister (played by Reese Witherspoon) becomes obsessed with Cliff and his anti-establishment message. She joins a group of fans known as the "Society For The Welfare Of" (S.F.W.), who idolize Cliff and seek to emulate his rebellious spirit. But as she delves deeper into the world of S.F.W., she discovers a disturbing underbelly of violence and extremism that threatens to destroy everything she holds dear.
As the media circus surrounding Cliff and Joe reaches its fever pitch, the line between reality and fiction becomes increasingly blurred. The public, hungry for a hero, elevates Cliff to mythic proportions, even as he struggles to wrestle with his own demons and the violent reality of his situation. In the end, S.F.W. poses a provocative and timely question: can we truly separate ourselves from the media and cultural forces that shape our lives, or are we forever trapped in a world of our own making?
S.F.W. is a 1994 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 36 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.