Exploring Hollywood Films Essay

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Exploring Hollywood Films

A genre is a certain type of film and they are each defined by certain codes and conventions. Within a genre there can be different categories these are known as sub-genres, for example, a psychological thriller. There are also occasions when in a film there may be a combination of more than one genre this is known as a hybrid. Genre is an excellent way of classifying a film. Audiences will know what to expect when they go too see a film as they will know if they normally like, thrillers, for example then they make the choice of seeing it. They also generally guarantee box office success this is also because of the audience knowing if they will like the film or not.
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Therefore it should have some sort of twist that the audience is not expecting. However not all films strictly follow the codes and conventions of a certain genre, they change to reflect the changes in society.

The film 'Mean Girls' is a typical romantic/teen comedy. It uses the general codes and conventions for example; it has the typical teen romance and also the competition between the girls for the one boy. It also has the people who are classified as the 'freaks' and those who are the 'popular' group, who are the cheerleaders; this is typical of a teen comedy. 'Mean Girls' is quite predictable and formulaic, in the way that it has all of the traditional teen flick characters and the traditional teen flick story lines. However I still enjoyed it and thought it was funny. This was because even though I could predict what was going to happen there was one twist in it, which I would not have been able to predict. The way in which it was written was also very funny, and this makes the audience forget about the expected plot of the film.

However not all films are predictable, for example, the film SWAT. Which is a hybrid - an action-adventure/thriller however it does not really follow the strict codes and conventions of an action- adventure/thriller. It begins with the breaking of the relationship between
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