Totally (1993)




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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.
Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Strand Releasing


Roko Belic
as Tommy
Susan Behshid
as Michele
Jenee Gill
as Patricia
Gilbert Luna
as Steven
Lance May
as Deric
Craig Gilmore
as Brendan
Nicole Dillenberg
as Dominatrix
Johanna Went
as Excalibur Lady
as Fagbasher
Marcus Hu
as Fagbasher
Jon Gerrans
as Trashbag Slave
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Critic Reviews for Totally

All Critics (6)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 15, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film has more than enough angst and alienation to go around, though the spiky humor and compassion push it well over its rough spots.

Full Review… | June 29, 2005
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review… | June 29, 2005
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Totally

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 Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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