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    The groundbreaking teen movies

    A teen movie has to be one of the easiest go-to scripts to write. Whether it is about high school or finishing high school, there will always be the elements of love, family and finding yourself along the way (if you’re really lucky *cue wink face at the camera*). But there are some that aren’t just merely entertaining to watch and actually touch on original topics or come to original conclusions when faced with a typical ‘teen’ issue. For me, the ones that instantly came to mind are the Perks of Being a Wallflower and Clueless. What are some more? And what are some that don’t fit this topic and why?

    • I feel that Perks of Being a Wallflower was groundbreaking film in several ways. It addresses questions of gender, sexuality, and mental illness in distinct and meaningful ways. For me, the book and film are both groundbreaking. – Sean Gadus 1 year ago
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    • For me The Breakfast Club is a great movie. – youngmollflanders 12 months ago
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    • It would be worth expanding this topic to include teen films from outside America. Take a look at some of the Japanese teen films for example - off the top of my head I'd suggest 'Hana and Alice' (2004). Regarding the idea that 'A teen movie has to be one of the easiest go-to scripts to write' - that's quite a generalisation. Even a film aimed at a teenage audience can handle some weighty issues, which require sensitive writing and directing. – Amyus 10 months ago
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    • I believe "Cruel Intentions" (1999) has a bit of originality. It takes the classical theme of high school, mean girl/good girl and a bad boy but turns it into a very sexually driven tragedy. For me, it's a teen movie that you shouldn't watch in your teen years. – bulatovskayae 10 months ago
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    It’s satisfying to read a piece on young adult novels, particularly of the female characters and tropes, that don’t just centre on the love story.

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