Like, totally buggin': Beyond Clueless review

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Trends Editor

While it doesn't say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty, it definitley did at every screening of "Beyond Clueless", a documentary exploring the nuances and themes behind the cult teen movies of the late '90s and early '00s.

The documentary was filmed acaemically, formally and stuffed with so many kiss scene montages I began to feel like I was living in a Freddie Prinze, Jr. movie trailer.

Filmmaker Charlie Lyne watched and analyzed over 300 teen flicks as research for the documentary, setting out to explore maturity, coming-of-age, sexuality and consumerism themes. The film covers what Lyne refers to as the golden age of teen movies, that glorious time from 1995 to 2004 when every other weekend yielded a different movie that culminates with drama at the prom.

One of the strongest aspects of  "Beyond Clueless" is its ability to shine a spotlight on how all of the films covered can be so simultaneously similar and different. The movies all have similar structure: There's always a new students, a popular crowd, a houseparty, a school dance. The it-girls all simulatenously stomp down the hallway in slow-mo, blowouts flowing behind them thanks to gusts of non-existant wind. But while on the surface these movies seem superficially similar, deeper themes and excellent acting performances seperate them in a way we can all recognize. After all, who would immediatley clump "Rushmore", "Mean Girls" and "The Virigin Suicides" all together? Aside from Lyne, obvs.