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Totally F***ed Up (1993)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 January 1995 (UK)
Gay teen angst...

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Andy
Roko Belic ...
Tommy
Susan Behshid ...
Michele
Jenee Gill ...
Patricia
Gilbert Luna ...
Steven
Lance May ...
Deric
Alan Boyce ...
Ian
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Brendan
Nicole Dillenberg ...
Dominatrix
Johanna Went ...
Excalibur Lady
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Andy's Trick
Brad Minnich ...
'don't touch mine' Guy
Michael Costanza ...
Everett
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Club Band (as Dan and Smith of Babyland)
Joyce Brouwers ...
Deric's Mom
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Life really sucks for a group of gay and lesbian teenagers living in Los Angeles. Their parents kicked them out, they're broke and bored, their lovers cheat on them, they're harassed by gay-bashers. If things are going to be this way, maybe suicide isn't a bad idea; at least not in the mind of Andy, our major protagonist, who gives the film its title by describing himself as "totally fucked up." Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@bev.net>

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$98,967 (USA)
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First part of Gregg Araki's Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy. The other two parts are The Doom Generation (1995) and Nowhere (1997). See more »

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Patricia: Let me tell you what the problem with the stupid fucking world is. All the stupid people are breeding like mad having tens and tens of kids, while the cool people aren't having any! So, the population just keeps getting stupider and stupider! I mean, it's no wonder the whole world's going down the toilet.
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Before Doom and Nowhere
11 July 2016 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Opening with a newspaper article on gay teen suicide, the tone of this early career Gregg Araki movie is set from early on as the film presents "15 random celluloid fragments" relating to the hardships of being young and homosexual in a predominantly heterosexual world. Araki's perpetual muse James Duval is solid as the closest the film has to a protagonist and some of the ideas that crop up (AIDS as a form of genocide) are decent, however, the film does not just consist of fragments, but is in fact completely fragmented as it jumps randomly between characters. None of this would be a problem if the characters were well fleshed out, but we barely get to know them outside of what they say in interviews. The supporting performances also vary from poor to adequate and the fact that all concerned mumble their lines is a poor aesthetic choice on Araki's behalf. 'Totally F***ed Up' is often cited as the first film in Araki's 'Teen Apocalypse Trilogy' alongside the vastly superior 'The Doom Generation' and 'Nowhere'. What makes both those films so remarkable is the way Araki weaves in fantastic and pseudo-scientific elements to symbolise the strangeness that the characters feel grappling with their sexuality. Both 'The Doom Generation' and 'Nowhere' are laced with semi-surreal comedic touches too. By comparison, 'Totally F***ed Up' is far more straightforward and serious-minded a tale. Evidently, this approach has appeal to some given the positive reputation that the film has built up over time, but suffice it so say, one's mileage will vary.


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