Whatever happened to good teen movies? Seriously.
The kids these days don't know what they're missing!
It seems like all of the great coming of age, telling the story of one crazy night, learning about love and pyromania movies came out when I was a tween and teenager.
Reality Bites, Can't Hardly Wait, Heathers, 10 Things I Hate about You, Dazed and Confused, Empire Records, Clueless, Jawbreaker, The Craft, Slums of Beverly Hills... hey, even Blue Crush and Bring it On. Kids these days are missing out! (And I'm not even going to get into how I think they may have replaced coming of age rituals and elders in some parts of our society.)
It seems like movie-makers have grown with us. Now we have Juno and Judd Apatow mature comedies (Knocked Up is a favorite), atrocities like The Hangover and sleeper specials like Girl Next Door, Stealing Harvard and Orange County, but what is there for teenagers? (Sorry, but I refuse to consider the Twilight series as potential roomies with the above mentioned gems.)
I notice that the tween genre has skyrocketed. High School Musical, Elf, Ella Enchanted, Princess Diaries; have teenagers been lost in the marketing squeeze between tweens and adults?
Or have demographics and economics shifted so much that Hollywood isn't interested in creating and marketing to the YouTube generation?
I'm really asking for feedback on this one.