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Totally F***ed Up

Totally F***ed Up (1993)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1993 Wide



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A group of gay and lesbian teen characters addresses the camera directly in this pseudo-documentary about the travails of queer adolescence in early-'90s Los Angeles. Andy (James Duval), who hides his sensitive side beneath a nihilistic exterior, really yearns to find a nice boyfriend and settle down the way his pal Steven (Gilbert Luna), an aspiring filmmaker, has with boyfriend Deric (Lance May). Meanwhile, their sex-crazed friend Tommy (Roko Belic) has been kicked out by his parents for being


Drama, Gay & Lesbian

Gregg Araki

Jul 5, 2005

Strand Releasing

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Life is f***ed up, Araki is saying, but it is worth living.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Totally F***ed Up

This film had all the ingredients and potential to be a big impressive film, but something just didn't work for me.

Although it covered all relevant areas, for me the issues covered were not quite shocking enough, we never really got into the minds of the characters, meaning that whilst you could be empathetic or sympathetic to the situations, it never raised any particular emotions, other than confirmation that this kind of thing happens all the time.
September 23, 2008

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Araki breaks formal narrative rules for the sake of expressing his story the way he wants to. His approach to storytelling is fascinating; aligning cohesive images and scenes without tracing a deliberate story arc. A moody, affecting, heartfelt portrayal of teenage angst.
November 14, 2010

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A fictionalized account of some of Gregg Araki's experiences growing up, and shot on deliberately amateurish-looking camcorder, Totally F***ed Up takes a little bit of getting used to, but is well worth sticking with. Chronicling the lives of a tight-knit group of gay and lesbian teenagers, the film starts with an interview technique that initially makes the bunch of characters seem pretty annoying and unlikable. Soon though, after listening to their naďve but genuine hopes, fears and dreams, you begin to warm to them. Broken into small chapters or segments with some very funny intertitles, the narrative appears at first random and non-linear but there are actually quite a few running threads and story arcs, the main one being the relationship between Andy (previously someone who declares he doesn't believe in love) and Ian. Dated in terms of fashion, music and teen-speak, but tellingly still relevant in terms of attitude and particularly, the way in which sexuality can ghettoize people, Totally F***ed Up remains a successful (though not always subtle) exploration of what it means to be a gay teenager.
April 23, 2008

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