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They're young, they're gay, they live in El Lay and everything is a terrible bore except the angst and hormones that fuel their endless conversations. Topics include homosexuality and stereotypes, sex, relationships, and the future. Whether or not the characters are truly insightful or just whiny and bitchy depends on whether they can inspire any audience feelings. Filmmaker Greg Araki doesn't seem to care either way. Between their conversations, Araki intercuts a variety of hip and often graphically sexual images.


Critic Reviews for Totally

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Audience Reviews for Totally

  • Jun 02, 2011
    Gregg Araki's low budget, independent, vignette style experimental film has a palpable sense of anarchy. The film follows a group of gay and lesbian teenagers throughout Los Angeles. We get to know them and their experiences through a video camera.. The film is structured in about 14 chaotic segments featuring text, video clips, (fake) interviews and narrative film. The film may dip into schmaltz here and there due to the low craftsmanship and (non)actors, but it's fun, real and when it needs to be very heartfelt. The emotions and situations may be over stylized by Araki but they are at least variations on real life trials and tribulations. This is an intriguing little movie. Side note: while the DVD lists the title as "Totally Fucked Up" nowhere in the film does a title card show up, so essentially it's untitled.
    Steven C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2010
    I feel so indifferent towards this film. The only positive note I have is that I thought the style in which it was filmed and put together was unique and interesting. However, that aside, i found it all rather pointless and boring. Guess I wont be watching the sequels afterall. What did this movie teach me? Angst is annoying.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2010
    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.
    Mike T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2007
    A fictionalized account of some of Gregg Araki's experiences growing up, and shot on deliberately amateurish-looking camcorder, <I>Totally F***ed Up</I> 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 naïve 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. <p>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, <I>Totally F***ed Up</I> remains a successful (though not always subtle) exploration of what it means to be a gay teenager.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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