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Totally F***ed Up (1993)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 January 1995 (UK)
Six queer teenagers struggle to get along with each other and with life in the face of varying obstacles.

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Gregg Araki

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Gregg Araki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Duval ... Andy
Roko Belic Roko Belic ... Tommy
Susan Behshid Susan Behshid ... Michele
Jenee Gill Jenee Gill ... Patricia
Gilbert Luna Gilbert Luna ... Steven
Lance May Lance May ... Deric
Alan Boyce ... Ian
Craig Gilmore ... Brendan
Nicole Dillenberg Nicole Dillenberg ... Dominatrix
Johanna Went Johanna Went ... Excalibur Lady
Robert McHenry Robert McHenry ... Andy's Trick
Brad Minnich Brad Minnich ... 'don't touch mine' Guy
Michael Costanza Michael Costanza ... Everett
Babyland Babyland ... Club Band (as Dan and Smith of Babyland)
Joyce Brouwers Joyce Brouwers ... Deric's Mom
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Totally Fucked Up See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Gross USA:

$98,967
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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The Torso
Written & Performed by His Name Is Alive
Published by Perforate My Heart
Courtesy of Warren Defever & 4AD
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Totally uninvolving.
20 July 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I've been watching Gregg Araki's movies out of chronological order and I think this has really adversely affected the way I'm seeing them. Being a big fan of the surreal, campy, pop art-y 'Doom Generation' and 'Nowhere' has meant that I've found his earlier more realistic movies difficult to enjoy.

'The Living End' is one of his more conventional movies but at least it attempted some character development and a story-line. Unfortunately, 'Totally F***ed Up' doesn't have enough of either. It has plenty of anger sure, but it's semi-documentary look at disenfranchised gay teens fails to hold the interest throughout. It has a few good moments, but overall I had to fight to keep involved.

The one really good thing about it is that it introduces the charismatic James Duval, who Araki would utilise better in his following two movies. Too bad his subsequent career has mainly seen him relegated to bit parts in (the no brainer) 'Independence Day' and (the admittedly enjoyable) 'Go'. He deserves better.

So, if you didn't find much to enjoy in 'Totally F***ed Up' don't let it turn you off Araki completely. He far surpasses this in 'Doom Generation' and especially his most accomplished movie to date 'Nowhere' - a true 90s classic that deserves a larger audience!


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