What You Need To Know:
JOHNNY SUEDE is a stream-of-consciousness comic fable filled with bizarre sexual encounters, delusions of murder and nakedness, and existential philosophy. The movie points to the innate "goodness" of man and the meaninglessness of life. With shocking images and a disjointed storyline, it suggests that man makes life meaningful by applying value to the world around him.
(LLL, VV, SS, N, A/D, M) 60 obscenities & 11 profanities (mostly exclamatory); man kicks woman in stomach, sticking knife into man's chest, blood and gore, shattering window, & man falls down stairs; fornication, promiscuity, bedroom scenes, man fondles himself in underwear, man looks up girl's dress, cohabitation, reference to adultery, & bathtub scenes; implied nudity & man sits nude on cafe stool (dream sequence); reference to cocaine use; and, existentialism.
JOHNNY SUEDE is the aspiring lead singer of JOHNNY AND THE PERSUADERS. His band is a quartet of misfits. Johnny meets Darlette at a bar. She is a death-obessed, poetry-writer. When Darlette complains of being abused by her boyfriend, Johnny fornicates with her. Then, she announces: “It’s over Johnny, I don’t love you.” On the rebound, Johnny ends up in bed with Yvonne, but feels their intimacy threatens his illusions about himself and the world. Events lead them into a violent fight. Next, Johnny beds another woman whom he meets on the subway. Are Johnny’s experiences real or are they an illusion? The movie implies that nobody can know for sure. Of course, Scripture rejects the value of autonomous perception: “There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death” (Proverbs 14:12).
JOHNNY SUEDE is a stream-of-consciousness comic fable filled with bizarre sexual encounters, delusions of murder, nakedness, and existential philosophy. The movie points to the innate “goodness” of man and the meaninglessness of life. With shocking images and a disjointed storyline, it suggests that man’s perceptions give meaning and value to world around him.