The Circle Jerks – My Career As A Jerk (MVD Visual)

The Circle Jerks finally get the documentary treatment here, helmed by director Dave Markey (best known for 1991: The Year Punk Broke). Archival footage, band interviews and testimonials give the history of the band who made one of hardcore punk’s greatest albums (Group Sex), but never really knew what to do next. While the oldest footage shows The Circle Jerks at their jaw-dropping best, for me the most enjoyable part of the movie is those lean late-’80s and early-’90s years when the band put out awful albums while cycling through a parade of band members, musical styles, and personal issues. Perhaps there isn’t anything special enough in the Circle Jerks’ story to warrant the 96-minute runtime it’s been given, but the story of the pre-Nirvana American Underground is always entertaining enough that you can overlook the film’s weaker spots. Speaking of entertaining, Circle Jerks frontman Keith Morris is at his nervous/intense self-reflective best in his interviews here. How he hasn’t been tapped for some kind of TV/film/radio work is a mystery to me. Even if it’s not perfect, if you love the old days of hardcore punk, My Career As A Jerk is a joy to watch.

Bonus features: Deleted scenes and interviews. Trailers.