Totally Fucked Up

Director: Gregg Araki
Year Released: 1993
Rating: 2.0

The lives of six LGBT+ young adults (four male and a female couple) 'hang out' and talk about their relationships in a series of "15 random celluloid fragments": it begins with a newspaper article that says that according to the NIMH, "30 percent of teenagers who commit suicide are gay" ... and it ends with one of its own characters taking his life.  It has the usual terrible Araki dialogue (and lame jokes) and much of it is his characters drifting off into their own inner worlds and posing for the camera when it isn't trying to be 'edgy' and 'confrontational' (the Squares, in this case, are the Breeders), except I actually think the director cares about these people and right before he has to come up with a way to bring the movie to a conclusion, feels genuinely concerned about them.  This is part one of his "Teen Apocalypse Trilogy" - part two's The Doom Generation and I don't need to repeat how much I dislike that movie.