First a little history lesson. GG Allin made his first album, Always Was, Is, Always Shall Be way back in 1980. It was a relatively innocent affair, sounding much like a bunch of school-kids trying to play Ramones tracks with songs about parents and girl-troubles. Within a few years, with one half of his brain charred to a cinder block by coke and amphetamine, the other liquified into septic sludge by heroin and booze, GG had become the most decadent rocker the world has ever known. With bands like The Scumfucs, The Cedar Street Sluts and The Texas Nazis, songs like Cock On The Loose, Commit Suicide and Antisocial Masterbator (sic), not to mention the drugs, violence and sexual debauchery that followed him everywhere like some disease-ridden mongrel, it was only a matter of time until somebody decided to document his life. Back in 1991 Todd Phillips persuaded GG to skip parole (he had assaulted a young woman) and come and make this movie.
The first thing that hits you about this film is the characters. There's GG's brother and Murder Junkies' bassist Merle, sporting a shiny slaphead, a Hilter 'tache that covers his mouth and shoulder-length sideburns. Then there's Dino, the band's naked drummer who has served time for exposing himself to a young girl. Dee Dee Ramone also makes an appearance, joining the band for a week before leaving in a hurry. If you ever thought Ozzy Osborne was a fuck-up then check this guy out; he doesn't even know the name of the band he's joined! And of course there's GG himself, a scruffy bastard with a flabby beer-gut, a flabby beer-ass, a handlebar moustache, jailcell tattoos and thick, deep self-inflicted scars cut deep into his face and body.
The events documented in this flick are seriously deranged too. GG gives a spoken word performance at a university, emphasising his dissatisfaction with the system by shoving a peeled banana up his arse before throwing chairs at shocked students. They should think themselves lucky; archive footage of a similar performance a few years earlier depicts him slicing himself to pieces with a squashed beer can before beating a girl to a pulp because she didn't know when to keep her mouth shut. On his birthday he recieves a golden shower from a chick who's apparently "an especially frisky type", causing him to vomit all over himself. GG's former guitarist Chicken John beats himself up on camera to prove how hard he his, worrying when he realises he's bust his lip. John Wayne Gacy provides a sentimental quote for the film's opening. All of this is interspersed with scenes of GG himself lying on a piss-ridden mattress gibbering at the walls and spewing out endless narcotic-fuelled tirades about how much he hates society and how much society really needs someone like him.
But the best moment comes when GG performs his first gig of the featured tour. Running naked onto the stage sporting a shaven one inch weener that's sure to cure any man's case of penis envy, he begins to beat up various members of the audience with his microphone. When this fails to faze them he drags a young woman out from the crowd by her hair and sits on her face with his big sweaty arse until someone comes and rescues her. This still fails to provoke the desired reaction so, with a defiant look on his face, he squats down and drops a huge, stinking turd onto the stage, before wiping it all over himself and throwing the rest at the uncomfortable onlookers. It doesn't take long for the police to arrive and the tour finishes a few days later with GG languishing in prison.
Just after this movie was finished, GG died of a heroin overdose after yet another disasterous performance. His funeral is used as an end piece for the film. It is a truly tragic ending for the rocker who always wanted to die on stage, taking as much of the audience with him as he could. Hated is a fine testament to GG, the man who was a nice boy until his brother spiked his Dunkin Donut with an acid-tab. If you don't like the music then just turn the sound down, put the radio on and try to imagine what Robbie Williams would look like relieving himself on camera.
Former documentary-maker who made Hated (about depraved punk legend GG Allin) and the controversial, little-seen Frat House, before moving onto mainstream Hollywood comedies like Road Trip, Old School and Starsky & Hutch. The Hangover was one of the most successful comedies of its year, and he sequelised it in 2011, directing road movie Due Date in between. In 2019, he claimed to be eschewing comedy to direct Joker, the comic book movie that became a global sensation.