I Think We’re Alone Now (2008, 70 minutes, Not Rated) 3.5 stars out of 5

A sad, amusing, and somewhat disturbing documentary about two mentally-afflicted people who also share an obsession with 80s pop-star Tiffany.

Jeff Turner lives in Santa Cruz, appears to be in his late forties/early fifties, and has Asperger syndrome. Jeff is very intelligent and a wealth of knowledge (somewhat common traits in people with Aspergers apparently), and appears to be a fairly likable, if extremely geeky guy. Dig a little deeper though, and you’ll find Tiffany has already had to take a restraining order out on him, and more legal troubles regarding his obsession with her lay in his future.

Kelly McCormick is from Denver. Kelly is intersexual, meaning she (she identifies as a woman) was born with both sexual organs. In addition to that, she was in a bike accident years ago that left her in a coma and with, what certainly appears to be, brain damage. Kelly is also compulsively obsessed with Tiffany, though her obsession is a bit less creepy and seems not quite as severe as Jeff’s. Given Jeff’s obsession, that isn’t saying much, but still…

These are two sad people, who, due to their afflictions, struggle to make friends and establish meaningful relationships. Both, especially Jeff, are very socially awkward. Jeff’s weird belief in radionics don’t help his case any either.

The movie’s high points are a Tiffany concert in Santa Cruz that features some hilarious interviews with other Tiffany fanatics, footage of Jeff at Ambercon where he encounters Tiffany at a fan meet and greet, and the end, when Kelly and Jeff finally meet in Las Vegas (sharing a hotel room no less) for a Tiffany show. This last bit is ridiculously awkward and very funny at times.

Overall, I’d recommend this. It’s a sad window into mental disability, and it treats its subjects with respect. It feels slightly sensational on occasion, though at the same time how could this topic possibly not? It’s also funny at times, and downright hilarious at others.

Lastly, I have to comment on Tiffany. She comes across as an absolutely gracious and kind person. Very tolerant of and engaging with her fans. None of her music is featured interestingly enough.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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