Talk This week sees two very different, and very worthwhile, films hit theaters, each dealing with youthful rebellion as their central characters.
The second is a little less wistful: Because ever since people worked out that teenagers, you know, existed, sometime in the s, angsty, anti-conformist adolescents have been easy to find in your theaters.
Check them out below, and let us know your favorites in the comments section. One Saturday morning detention brings together five high-school archetypes: The five gradually begin to share parts of their ordinarily segregated lives, and realise that they are not so different after all. Its influence cannot be overstated, both on the lives of real teenagers and on a generation of filmmakers. What a crime it would have been if this film had disappeared from view.
Malcolm McDowell, at his goggle-eyed, manic best, portrays Alex, the disaffected gang-leader with a penchant for ultra-violence who undergoes a brutal course of paternalistic correctional treatment. With all of the odds against them including her grandmother, his stalker, and the police , Allison rallies for his release and the two teens in love are reunited, after Cry-Baby wins a chicken race against her beau, in true s rebel fashion.
By the end, Cry-Baby has finally resolved his issues with the past and is able to cry from both eyes, rather than leaking a solitary tear. Depp took the role of Cry-Baby to rebel against the Hollywood machine and being pigeonholed as a mainstream teen heartthrob.
The film follows s London teen Jenny Carey Mulligan , an idealistic year-old who dreams of becoming a French existentialist. Her wiser-than-her-age sensibility finds a match in the thirtysomething David Peter Sarsgaard , who wows her with trips to concerts and conversation with his sophisticated friends. The two find something in each other, but is it more than Jenny can handle? Throughout the movie Jenny is forced to question the life of young women in s London, many of whom end up becoming secretaries and wives.
Is the simple experience of being with David, enough to please her for the moment? Other movies on this list deal with the pain of being an outsider, the longing for acceptance, and the cruel alienations and humiliations that seem world-ending when viewed through the magnifying prism of hormonal teenagerdom.
Ferris is beloved by all, manipulative to the point of smug, extroverted, self-confident and ridiculously lucky. By all rights we should hate the hell out of him. Still simply one of the most exuberant and strangely innocent celebrations of how fucking great it can be to be young and cool. Stumbling through the adult world, they decide to answer a personal ad and play a prank on Seymour Steve Buscemi , the middle-aged man who placed it.
Feeling guilty after, Enid follows Seymour to his garage sale and buys one of his Blues records, sparking an unconventional friendship of sorts. As Enid and Seymour become closer, Becky gets a real job and drifts away from Enid. Things go downhill from there and Enid ends up running away from home. Enid and Becky rebel against the conformity of a set life plan and the social expectations of young women, even if it appears Becky has succumbed to them by the end.
This sardonic duo taught us that even with a few stumbles and falls we always have the option to run away from it all. Everything changes when she meets the new kid J. Christian Slater, aping Jack Nicholson , whose disdain for the high school hierarchy, and readiness with a weapon, provides her with a way out: Painting their murders as suicides, Veronica and J.
Veronica manages to foil J. The tale of two girls who form an obsessive friendship and then plot to murder the mother of one of them made headlines around the world and prompted a rash of insalubrious and sensationalist coverage, accusing the girls of everything from being lesbian Satanists to symbols of the moral decline of civilization. Jackson said that his intention was to focus on the friendship between the girls rather than the crime, and it is in this respect that it truly shines.
The fantasy world the girls create, from their hysterical love of opera singer and movie star Mario Lanza, to creating and populating their own imaginary land and nurturing secret hatreds, perfectly captures the otherworldliness that makes teenage friendships so memorable and so dangerous. The fizzing chemistry between Winslet and Lynskey drives a pitch-perfect script which richly deserved its Oscar nod and makes it all-too believable when the friendship becomes unhinged, and spills over into the territory of tragedy.
Set at a nightmarish boarding school somewhere in Britain, it focuses on Mick, who is relentlessly bullied by the Whips, senior boys in self-appointed positions of authority. The whole institution is deeply rotten: But Mick and his friends Richard Warwick and David Wood kick against the system, culminating, after a brutal corporal punishment scene, in the boys finding automatic weapons and firing on the other pupils, staff and their parents — a scene that was shocking then, and has lost none of its power over the years thanks to the tragic events at Columbine and elsewhere.
But in its state-of-the-nation satire, and its surreal, almost Bunuelian tone, the film lasts far beyond the wave of counter-culture it rode originally, and remains a real landmark of British cinema. Directed by photographer Larry Clark, the story centers on Telly Leo Fitzpatrick , Casper the late Justin Pierce , Jennie Chloe Sevigny and Ruby Rosario Dawson , four under-aged New York teenagers, who spend their time partaking in drugs, unprotected sex, and violence attacking a random man in a skate park.
Certainly cast-wise, Coppola delivered. The frighteningly young and attractive cast play the Greasers, a gang of poor teens in s Tulsa, whose rivalry with the wealthier Socs becomes a war after Johnny Macchio kills their leader Bob Leif Garrett. But its gorgeous black-and-white lensing, boundary-pushing Stewart Copeland score, greater focus, and the depth of feeling in the central performances all undeniably make it the superior picture.
But his little hobby gathers steam after a classmate commits suicide, kicking off a minor revolution among his classmates, bringing in the attentions of beguiling student Nora Samantha Mathis , the FCC and his corrupt principal Annie Ross.
Plus the sheer fury it feels — thanks in particular to the superb performances by Wood, Mineo and especially Dean who would all meet tragic fates themselves after filming wrapped — still feels like a firecracker today. Wannabe Tracy Evan Rachel Wood will do anything to become popular in her freshman year, and she soon finds it in her best friend — and popular It girl — Evie Nikki Reed.
Their romance is just as romantic and heartfelt as what Shakespeare wrote down, but with an added dash of A-list class and social commentary. On top of that, the rise of gangs, like the Jets, establishes a growing problem in America at the time: Jet leader Riff Russ Tamblyn finds that a gang is more of a family than the one he was born into. Fight their corner in the comments below.