Anomie among teenagers isn't really compelling comic territory, even if it is set in the beehived '60s and varnished with a "Happy Days" patina. Adopting a hip, wicked stance does not automatically transform material into black comedy. In other words, no one seems to know what's going on
in DEAD BEAT except the set decorator.
Young Rudy (Balthazar Getty) is lost after his family relocates to Albuquerque in 1965. Salvation comes in the form of a notoriously cool friend, Kit (Bruce Ramsay), who seduces virgins with sob stories about leukemia. What thick-skulled, idolizing Rudy doesn't realize is that his hero has
graduated from sexist malfeasance to thrill killin...