Beyond Clueless

Directed by: Charlie Lyne

Written by: Charlie Lyne

Starring: Fairuza Balk (narrator)

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Countless words of exegesis on the teen movie have been published, but Lyne has winningly executed a fresh method which abandons the attempt to describe audio-visual media with only words, instead often letting clips speak for themselves.

Beyond Clueless charts a keenly observed plethora of visual tropes, yet commits overkill with its recurrent embedding of a teen movie staple – the montage – into the doc’s own form.

An 89-minute film cannot be expected to exhaustively analyse the teen movie, but Beyond Clueless is impressively expansive, charting the depiction of adolescence across distinct genres which include horror and the modern Shakespeare adaptation.

Its insights aren’t all groundbreaking, but by making comparisons between well-loved teen fare (Mean Girls, 10 Things I Hate About You) alongside lesser known films, Beyond Clueless frequently provokes nostalgic joy whilst also inspiring further cinematic discovery.


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