Well, hey, of COURSE kids today are not gonna be watching this film... I mean, it takes its time, it doesn't have snazzy jump-cuts à la MTV, it doesn't have any actors in it that the kids are gonna recognize, and, above all, it is about character!
Today's kids are too busy watching slick pap to ever get hooked on a film like Four Friends. Not only that, but in today's typical "cool" attitude, a film like this is probably too emotional for them. Oh yeah, and another thing. The people in this film aren't particularly gorgeous... they don't have great abs and pectorals, they don't have phony pumped up breasts, they don't give each other high-fives and spend all their time caring about image... and now that I think of it, there's barely one dirty word in the entire script! And it isn't even cynical! Do you really expect kids brought up on Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck and Smallville to appreciate something as REAL as Four Friends? I think you must be giving them too much credit!
Now, if that rant doesn't get them interested enough to watch this film, nothing will... :0)
You're putting Six Feet Under in the same category as Nip/Tuck and Smallville?!! wow!
As for this movie, i just finished watching it after recently having bought the dvd. It was almost like Cinema Paradiso meets Once Upon A Time In America meets Cimino, in some weird way. It definitely managed to win me over, despite its flaws.
Best Chicago film about 1960s is without any doubt is classic "Medium Cool"
Every film school student studies it. Google it! Haskell Wexler!