Characters And Stereotypes In Grease's The Breakfast Club
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When thinking of teen films our minds instantly might go to the well-known film The Breakfast Club which was released 1985. Some might think of the 1978 film Grease. We think of these films because they portray the lives of a group of teens for a day or even a school year, but the one thing teen films have in common are the characters main setting is a high school or around a high school (Denby 367). The 2002 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower can be categorized, by Denby’s standards, a teen film, because it meets the criteria of having goofy young actors trying to make an impression, teenage angst, and Charlie’s, the main character’s, enemies are the popular upper classmen.
By Denby’s standards, a teen film has the criteria of having goofy young actors trying to make an impression on their viewers (Denby 367-8). One of the young actresses casted in the film is Emma Watson who plays the character of Sam. Sam teaches the viewer in an indirect way to be accepting. The first time this can be seen is during the first party when she says to Charlie, the main character, “Welcome to the island of misfit toys” (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Sam also portrays another important trait of being a bold young lady. This trait is empowering to not only the the young lady viewers but the young men as well. Her boldness is shown within the film during the first tunnel scene when she moves from the cab of the truck to the bed of the truck while it is still in motion and stands with her