“The cretins rule in Alpha Dog, which has much the same entertainment value you get from watching monkeys fling scat at one another in a zoo or reading the latest issue of Star magazine. Of course a little of that nasty stuff may land on you, but such are the perils of voyeurism.
“Voyeurism that [director Nick] Cassavetes, a filmmaker with a lurid imagination and a talent for coaxing full-throttle performances from his actors, rewards with an embarrassment of vulgarities: lusciously tanned flesh, sensuously quivering muscles, cascades of blond hair, acres of tattoos, a sylph in a schoolgirl miniskirt (√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√Ö‚ÄúDance, bitch!√ɬ¢√¢‚Äö¬¨√Ǭù someone cries), a three-way in a swimming pool, intimations of Nazism, a little tae kwon do and a lot of homegrown weed.
“The kids are not all right. Which is, like, you know, the point.” — N.Y. Times critic Manohla Dargis riffing on Alpha Dog….hilarious.