(LLL, SSS, A/D, H, V) 28 obscenities & 2 profanities; rape; off-screen abortion; and, heavy drug & alcohol abuse.
A trio of poor little rich kids in South Carolina search for the meaning of life in a wasteland of fast cars, easy sex and hard drugs. All they find in the end is pain and a lot of unanswered questions, which is about all this movie has to offer, both by way of content and message.
In TERMINAL BLISS, Alex and John, sons of country-club South Carolinian families, have been friends since childhood. In high school, they are drifting apart. Alex is sent to a drug clinic by his parents and returns moody and bitter. Though no longer addicted, Alex doesn’t try to stop John, having no answers himself. John widens the gulf between them by seducing Stevie, a girl in whom Alex is interested. After getting her pregnant, John forces her to get an abortion. Stevie becomes depressed, Alex more pessimistic about life, and John more frenetic in his search for pleasure (even to the point of “date raping” Stevie’s younger sister). At John’s parents’ cabin, the drama comes to a horrifying conclusion when, in a drug-stupor, John is entangled in the moorings of his boat. Though he can clearly see his friend’s slow death, Alex lets him die. Since life is meaningless, he reasons, it would be the greatest of cruelties to save him.
A whiny and agonizingly long exercise in self pity, TERMINAL BLISS is as unbiblical as a movie can get. Responsibility for one’s own actions is never even considered. The blame is placed on the parents.