I Think We’re Alone Now


Director Sean Donnelly’s no-budget documentary about two obsessive fans of ’80s teen pop star Tiffany is like the inverse of a Behind the Music special: Alternately riveting, repulsive, hilarious and horrifying, it functions best by teetering toward a total failure of control. Donnelly’s receptivity obviates all the easy jokes about loserdom, trying instead for a comment on how a culture of calculated teen idolatry aggravates loneliness into pathology. His subjects are two people for whom coping with maladjustment to mainstream society meant forming distorted attachments to the epitome of mainstream pop piffle. A few stolen moments of kindness from the object of their affections only compounds the heartbreak. 

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