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By now, most of us are well-versed in the premise of the ABC Family drama, The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  Regardless of whether you've actually seen the show, you've undoubtedly heard that…
Sutter, the central character in The Spectacular Now, is like John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything. He's charming and cute in kind of a boy-next-door way. He is a high school senior who is in …
I can only guess that The Mortal Instruments series of books is much better than this film. After all, the story seems to pick and choose from the hot genres, throwing in demon-hunters, vampires, were…
Liam James stars (in the Chris Makepeace role) as Duncan, an introverted 14-year-old, who’s dragged along when his well-meaning mom (Toni Collette) and her asshat boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell, in a n…
There is something refreshing about seeing a surly teen girl a movie who is not a pushover like Twilight’s Bella. Lena (Alice Englert) is new in town. She is from a family with a bad reputation, and i…
I heart the Shout! Factory DVD label. Like Criterion, they are making a name for themselves by putting out carefully thought-out DVD releases of, in their case, TV shows that have cult followings (lik…
Tara (Debby Ryan) is a quiet kid at her high school in always-sunny Seattle (har!). She freezes up when her teachers call on her, and she has a huge crush on a boy named Gavin (Adam DiMarco), who not …
Unlike the sweet confectionary pop of the High School Musical films (which I kinda like), Bandslam one-ups Disney by making a totally accessible teen film which still has some true darkness and sadnes…
The film is based on late poet/rocker Jim Carroll's book The Basketball Diaries, which itself is based on his own life as a teen heroin addict. In a curious choice, rather than setting the story in th…
Documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein followed a handful of high-school seniors for their last year of school in small-town Warsaw, Indiana. With gossip, crushes, rejection, peer pressure, and bad sk…
Let me just start off by saying that in the original American Pie movie, the line uttered by Willow, "This one time? At Band Camp?" was funnier than anything in this straight-to-video franchise "seque…
Not to be bitter or anything (as I grumble, "Goddamn kids these days..." and bang my cane on the floor), but I don't think that the teenage movies of my generation sucked as much as they do now. OK, t…
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