Beyond Teen Movies

What’s a Geek to watch at the cinema as we approach the end of January? There’s actually a reason to turn off Netflix as we have this weekend’s ‘Ex_Machina’ (robot-lady ethical thriller penned by the excellent Alex Garland) prior to next weekend’s big Disney release ‘Big Hero 6’ (kinda-robot blow-up ‘healer’ thang develops friendship with young boy). I want them both, I want them now.

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But, oh, wait – what’s this?! If you’re a fan of teen movies (and who isn’t?!) then there’s one other film you HAVE to make time for this week or next.

‘Beyond Clueless’, a documentary by Charlie Lyne and narrated by Fairuza Balk (any ‘The Craft’ fans up in heya?!), documents the classic teen flicks of days gone by (the good, the bad, the cult and everything in between), recognising their place in pop culture and what they have to say about those brilliant/horrible years we’re all subjected to.

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the weirdos who hang about on the fringes – everything from ‘Heathers’ and ‘Rushmore’ to ‘Donnie Darko’ and, of course, ‘The Breakfast Club’ – but I enjoy a mediocre teen flick generally as much as I’ll enjoy a fantastic entry in any other genre. And, as I get older, I still find enjoyment in the likes of ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Easy A’ and ‘Detention’, sharper and funnier than most comedies aimed at so-called adults.

‘Beyond Clueless’, with its equally enticing soundtrack from the undervalued (and John Hughes-indebted) Summer Camp, KNOWS that the teen movie is the underdog of the genre world – and this is its moment to shine at prom, taking the Homecoming title sans bucket o’ pig’s blood. Catch the trailer below then hunt down a screening, you Veronica you!

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Pink Wednesday

happy birthday mean girls

Raise your hand if you LOVE ‘Mean Girls’. Well, duh! The eighties had ‘Heathers’, the nineties had ‘Clueless’ but the Lindsay Lohan noughties generation had ‘Mean Girls’ – and today the so-fetch teen pic classic celebrates its 10th birthday!

Feeling old? LiLo surely feels a bit worse, so ignore advancing age and settle down on this Pink Wednesday (because we wear pink on Wednesdays, okay?!) to revel in the sassy, snarky 10 year-old meanie. Tina Fey’s one-liners stand up as well as anything from ’30 Rock’ so crack on (say crack again) and enjoy – making out with a hot dog during = entirely optional.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You go, Glen Coco!!