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Beyond Clueless

Beyond Clueless
  • 2014
  • US
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Charlie Lyne
  • Written by: Charlie Lyne
  • Cast: Fairuza Balk

Debut documentary by film journalist / blogger Lyne, in which he argues that teen movies promote conformity to the expectations of society. The earnest, scholarly tone may be off-putting to those unfamiliar with films such as Idle Hands and Bubble Boy, while Lyne's inclusion of films such as Rushmore and American Beauty seems odd, but it's fun.

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Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics.

Part adolescent fever dream, part roving visual essay, the film puts Hollywood’s high school under the microscope, on a quest to lay bare the genre’s beating heart. Is The Craft the ultimate teenage survival guide? Can Idle Hands shine a light on the horrors of pubescence? And what’s really going on beneath the skin of EuroTrip?

All will be revealed as Beyond Clueless leads viewers through Hollywood’s treacherous teen years and out the other side.

We're really excited that writer and director Charlie Lyne will joining us to talk about the film.

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Beyond Clueless

19 Jan 20153 stars

Charlie Lyne's entertaining documentary celebrates and dissects the teen movie

Ever since James Dean set light to the establishment in the 50s, teens have been central to cinema, both as audience and subject. Every generation since has films that define adolescence: from the antics of The Beatles and the students of Rydell High in…

Q&A: Charlie Lyne on directing Beyond Clueless

16 Jan 2015

An homage to the glorious teen movies of the 90s

British film critic Charlie Lyne pays tribute to the teen movie, in particular its 1990s incarnation, with Beyond Clueless, an affectionate but determinedly anti-ironic appreciation. With reference to some 200 films, narration by actress and teen movie…

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