Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Depicts lgbt teens struggling to belong and survive in a world in which parents kick them out of the house and gay bashing is alive and well.
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Year: 1993
Duration: 78 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Gregg Araki
Writer: Gregg Araki
Starring: James Duval, Roko Belic, Susan Behshid, Jenee Gill, Gilbert Luna, Lance May, Alan Boyce, Craig Gilmore, Nicole Dillenberg, Johanna Went, Robert McHenry, Brad Minnich, Michael Costanza, Babyland, Joyce Brouwers

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Totally F___ed UpWriter/director Gregg Araki is known for his films depicting lgbt teens struggling to belong and survive in a world in which parents kick them out of the house and gay bashing is alive and well. This is the first in the series that includes The Doom Generation and Nowhere.

It opens with an image of a newspaper article, ‘Suicide Rate High Among Gay Teens.’ What follows are fifteen segments or slices of life from four gay 18 and 19 year old boys and two lesbians – otherwise known as ‘lifestyles of the bored and disenfranchised’ or ‘the young and the hopeless.’ The camera style is that of an amateur, with short interviews intertwined with grainy handheld footage dealing with sex, drugs, AIDS, love and everyday life in Los Angeles.

The two lesbians, Michele (Susan Behshid) and Patricia (Jenee Gill), are a couple and display a lot less angst than the boys, who are more focused on sex and finding or screwing up relationships. They are interested in raising a baby together and making plans for the future, and for Patricia’s birthday, the boys all contribute sperm to try to get her pregnant.

While the stupid breeders keep having children, the smart people are not, so she is contributing to a smarter future. While I can appreciate the depiction of real life for lgbt teens, the camera style made this difficult to watch. Nothing really happens, which is part of the point. It’s all about boredom, loneliness and alienation … and one of the group will become part of the statistic. (AB)