Are Teen Movies Get It Wrong?

1183 WordsApr 28, 20175 Pages
Being a young adult, constantly circling the edge of the abyss of adulthood, is one of the most critically important and talked about moments in a person’s life. That’s why ‘bildungsroman’ novels have their own section in Barnes and Nobles and why teen movies are still one of the most popular genres: because the transition into adulthood is fascinating. And yet, most acclaimed teen movies get it wrong. From John Bender’s borderline rape-y advances towards Claire in The Breakfast Club and still getting to kiss the girl to (insert another example), most films that focus around young adults simply aren’t accurate and don’t portray the realities of being a young adult. To quote Cher from the hallowed film Clueless, “She’s a full-on Monet. It’s…show more content…
It’s as if Enid and Rebecca are attempting to remain suspended in this moment, as if they’re trying to avoid making decisions because they don’t know what they want: it is the teenage condition and they’re afraid of making mistakes. The entire movie feels like something of a documentary, perhaps it’s the subtle 90s coloring or the way Zwigoff chose (insert something about camera angles) or maybe it’s because I myself was in an identical position on the cusp of adulthood nearly three years ago. Ghost World is suburbia, complete with the strip malls and dinky themed diners. It’s hellish for Enid and Rebecca and yet, they’re seemingly stuck. Ghost World is a representation of the entire youth experience, something out of a teenage nightmare and a universal experience: the yearning to escape and simultaneously the possibility that you never will, highlighted through Enid and Rebecca’s characters. It’s an unspecified location thus it’s everywhere. A ghost world is something you carry around with you. Throughout the film, Zwigoff attempts to make a point of the truth of growing up is difficult; it’s about a desire to fit in while also hating that you care what your peers thing of you. Additional tension is created with the fact that both Enid and Rebecca internalize their struggles and don’t communicate openly with one another, an all
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