Monday, December 29, 2008


I was thinking of something. When I was in junior high/high school, we had all these amazing teen movies that were a huge part of the pop culture of the time and had definite impact on us growing up. I'm talking about movies like Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, etc.
For any of you who had those formative teen years in the 90's, or are having them now, what are those movies for you?
I feel like somehow you've been ripped off, that your teen movies couldn't have been as good as ours. How can you compare a Can't Hardly Wait or a She's All That or an American Pie, to any of the classic John Hughes movies?
And for anyone in junior high or high school now, what are your movies? High School Musical?
What is the movie that defines your generation?
---In keeping with the theme of this post I thought I'd put up a quick mix of songs from scenes of some of these movies.





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Anonymous said...

superbad

AidenXXtheUSED27XAFI said...

Fuck.
You're right.
Probably fucking Highschool Musical; which I'd rather KILL MYSELF a million times over, than watch that crap.

Hmmm.
I don't know.
The Dark Knight.
=D

.......But you know, I'm just overly obsessed with Batman and the Joker, so maybe it's just me.
=]

Charlie Bartlett seems like it could be a movie of the sort; but many people have probably not seen it.
Or.
Nick and Norah's Infinate Playlist.
Even though like, everyone thought it sucked.
.....I liked it.
Haha.

But.
Ferris Bulers Day off and Breakfast Club are awesome movies.
And um.
What's it called..
House arrest or something like that.
That's a good movie.
The kids get made at their parents for wanting to separate so they lock them in the basement, then thier friends put thier parents down there with them.
Good movie.
=D

XXX.

Kayleigh Puget said...

Oh Jade. You would say your old films are better. It's just like my mum with music. GAWD.

She's always saying "THE ORIGINAL IS BETTER!"

I tell ya, she shut up when she heard the AFI acoustic version of 'Ziggy Stardust'. Yeahhh. That shut her RIGHT up.

I was like "Owned?"
And she said "Yes alright."

Good times. x

Anonymous said...

I don't know. Juno maybe? I also think though that the 80's teen movies still impact us somewhat.

Hayley

Anonymous said...

I don't know. Juno maybe? I do think that all the 80's teen movies impact us in a way. Somewhat.

Hayley

Anja said...

I'm 16 and I like 90's movies better than High School Musical and stuff like that, which is probably and sadly the most popular movie of today. And it's so annoying, I hate it. I watched it like for half of hour and got sick of it.
Was I born too late? I don't know, but those 90's and even 80's movies are so much better.
Don't get me wrong, I love some movies that came out this year, but the rest of it is crap. :P

I saw Twilight yesterday and I really loved it. I hope it gets bigger than HSM ever was.

Pablo said...

Jade, check my BEGINTRANSMISSION video ;)

http://begintransmission.afireinside.net/watch?v=MlefIKDxuKE

kirstie said...

Hahaha...High School Musical...but you're right. We have been ripped off. Our teen movies are all about sex and drugs, duh. Oh, and saying "fuck" after every word. They're all the same...even if there's a story or a moral. Its all the same. Always predictable. I mean...unless its a movie made from a book. It may have potential then. But then people think that they don't have to read the book because there's a movie...when really the movie changes the book like crazy and leaves more than half of it out. Sigh...

But we could always order those movies on Netflix or something, so no worries, Jade <3

Chyeah said...

My formative years were during the late 80s/early 90s but I don't even remember any teen movies from the 90s that relevant for me. I just remember always watching the ones you mentioned. The true classics live on.

Underworldlovettfan said...

Wow, I don't have a guess about most movies you mentioned, mostly I think because I'm just 18 now, so I hadn't had my teenage years round then. Well, at least here where I live we don't have like "the tennage-movie", everyone is affected by different things. Very important for me where Underworld and Underworld Evolution and this years' Sweeney Todd, so I guess not normal teenage movies. No one I know liked High School Musical, really not.

finglitterfairy said...

When did 10 Things I Hate About You come out? All I remember coming out while I was at High School is Harry Potter and Spiderman...pretty piss poor really...

Movie that will always remind me of uni though - Camp Rock. Yes, we're that cool.

viktor meursault said...

1990's were chaotic and it seemed that everyone was apathetic of everything (politics, enviroment, etc). Teen movies from that decade reflected somehow that feeling, (not all of them of course). But now it seems that everyone is still apathetic, but blind too. That's why some movies are not made to reflect that feeling of void, but to fill it with materialism and conspicuous consumption. And the other teen movies are so unrealistic...
I love Breakfast Club by the way =)

Roger W said...

SUPERBAD!

Marisa said...

umm im in 6th grade but i like the movie weird science. It was funny, I saw it on tv. <3 ;D

The Patron Saint of Rebirth said...

hahaha. fuck if i know.
all the johnny depp stuff probably.
or donnie darko, fight club, boondock saints. or maybe that's just me...
but if those affect the culture..then we're all screwed.

the infamous maria said...

The Dark Knight? I'm in high school, and I don't really think there is a generation defining movie, I'm too old for High School Musical, hmmmm. Even though it is annoying, I would say Napolean Dynamite.

Amanda-Jayne said...

I have to say, I'm pretty big on High School Musical at the moment... but shh... that's not something to be talked about :P

Yeah, I don't really think there's any movies that've really had much of an effect on me.

It's not really in the specified genre, but I would say Edward Scissorhands has had the biggest influence on my life - I'm not big on teen movies.

Katie said...

High School Musical is the worst movie on earth!!

I'm into horror movies.

Katie said...

Ps. I fed your fishies.

j-boo said...

I am 38 and also grew up with the movies you listed. They certainly did have an impact on me througout teen years and I still watch them often. I have exposed my kids to them (who are teens and pre-teens) and they love them! Interesting how they can span a generation and still have so much significance.

I also love "Some Kind of Wonderful," from that era. "Pump Up The Volume" and "Empire Records" were rad too (just a bit more recent). Yay for incredible films! It's hard to think of any recent flicks that have that "classic-ness" about them.

Winx, Jinxi

cilliii said...

Honestly Jade, there are none. Not really. At least not here.
You could maybe say High School Musical. But most students here didnt even watch one of them yet.
Okay, I think, High School Musical is the one movie that is mostly like those teen movies you're talking about, but it's really not like there are many students being electrified by those.

Anonymous said...

Are you still looking at Begin Tranmission videos? Because I just now found out and I'm in the proccess of doing one.
But anyways, teen movies? ... Not even one.

iheartchicago said...

We have some pretty good ones, Mean Girls being my personal favorite(: Superbad, Knocked Up, Napolean Dynamite. Definately not High School Musical though!

Joseph Polar said...

I'm in junior high in Mexico, and i think that my favorite movie is: P.S. I Love You...What Do You Think?

bloodstainxx said...

I shudder at the thought of High School Musical...
Well.. My teen movies are usually whatever is playing (if I feel like watching)..And I barely watch movies, so I can't compare to your teen movies.
But what I can say is that.... Teen movies these days are not original anymore... I can't exactly put my finger on what, but they all look pretty much alike with slightly different plots. I admit, I would watch it (if I don't think it's completely idiotic) for the comedy and the stupidy :]

KamHeiwa said...

oh haha. i LOVE all of those. Breakfast Club especially..

my favorite movies would be the 2 johnny depp ones (Edward Scissorhands and Benny and Joon) after that its all Hayao Miyazake stuff <3

gisus-christ said...

I have no idea. Juno, Napoleon Dynamite, Mean Girls, Superbad? All good. But nothing compared to the 80's greats.

sydney said...

O YEAH 1ST COMMENT!
umm i dont really no but i can definately say its NOT high school musical!

Your prolly right about us gettin ripped off with the movies....

With MUCH <3,
sydney!

Anonymous said...

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW!!!!


wait... that a movie from the 1970s...
euh...

*thinks*

most of our movies are bad really..

Candace said...

The only one I can think of right now is Juno.

But god do I love those 80's teen movies. I think you are right and we got ripped off.

cyberbolt said...

clueless and mean girls are the two best teen movies from the 90s/early 2000s era.

nothing else even comes close to the john hughes classics.

AFI: said...

The qualitative decline of popular, mainstream movies seems to be on pace with the decline of popular, mainstream music.

There are a few exceptions. ;)

Anonymous said...

ha ah. i dont really have any movies that really summariza our generation, but i still watch breakfast club, pretty in pink, etc

Laura said...

High school musical << BAHAHA! XD

I love The Crow, Interview with the vampire, Twilight (though it was very funny and no where near as good as the books), looking forward to Underworld: Rise of the Lycans =D

anya said...

i've actually thought about this a lot as well and the best i could come up with would be something like "10 things i hate about you" or "juno"; but i agree, the teen movies have been seriously lacking since the john hughes classics. i'd take "some kind of wonderful" over "bring it on" any day. my favorite movies in high school were "chasing amy", "fight club", "high fidelity" etc. so they weren't exactly the classic teen movies i guess.

cheddy fri said...

Oh Jade, Can't Hardly Wait is a great movie, if only for the scene at the end.

Honestly, I had young parents, so I still ended up watching a lot of those 80's movies growing up. The only other one I can think of right now is 10 Things I Hate About You. I definitely should have been born 10 years earlier.

NightShade said...

That was a long time ago for me. Star Wars - A New Hope. Yeah.

KD [X] said...

Well i think that's kind of hard...because the movies you mention like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Breakfast Club still continue to define my generation (i'm 19) in a way..or at least influence it
... I know two movies that defined my generation when i was a kid are Sandlot..and probably Heavyweights... i think those two are timeless. As a teen though..the only thing that really comes to mind is Mean Girls...actually Super Bad might be one as well.

I don't think my generation captured being a teen well in as many movies as your generation did but Fight Club comes to mind when I think of a movie that captures our restlessness towards authority but not having any way to express it...I guess much of the authority that gave us these crappy teen movies that won't last the decades.

Lord of the Rings is our Star Wars.

MATT G. said...

I love The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles, and Feriis Buller's Day Off(Just watched it this morning). I'm 15 and I we really don't have good "teen" movies like the past generations had. But others of my favorites are The Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Wars, Riding in Cars With Boys, A Bronx Tale. But our gen. doesn't even compare to the 80's and 90's.

Dillon said...

Superbad would be the main one

Fall Into The Sky said...

Well, I like a ton of really weird movies. I don't think there's really one that defines out generation or anything, but my favorites are:
1. THe Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Dark Knight (one of the best movies ever)
3. Wall-E

yeah, im cool

Charlene said...

I was born in 88 but my parents raised me on the breakfast club so I watched the same teen movies you did when I was a teen ... ps ferris bulers day off is my gave movie ^-^

Fall Into The Sky said...

hah, i love Ferris Bueller's Day Off

alayna said...

No High School Musical. All the people I (personally) know who actually enjoy this won't be in high school for at least another 4 years. So no, not that.
Now that you mention it, I can't really think of many actual semi-recent teen movies that are on the same level of pop culture as the ones you've mentioned -- so I guess I agree with your blog. Either way, I don't watch many of these kinds of movies to begin with (nor have I ever really been up to date about any current ones coming out), so I might just be completely overlooking some things. But the ones I've seen are pretty fun to watch every once in a while -- I'm just not sure they compare to the older ones I've seen, especially as far as good (usually innocent) comedy.
I did love Mean Girls a whole lot, though! So great.

I wonder if people 15 years from now will think the same thing about our movies? (maybe music as well?)

Nick A. said...

Superbad was a big deal for us in high school, other than that we usually complained about the lack of realistic high school movies. But yea the only movie people talked about in my high school that was about high school was Superbad. The school universally hated High School Musical btw.

Lindsey said...

So even though my formative teen years were between between five and seven years ago...I still watched the John Hughes movies from twenty years ago. I feel kind of the same, like from the late nineties until present, teen movies can't hold a candle to their predecessors. Come on, really, how many kids can really relate to Clueless? I know I couldn't. But in Sixteen Candles, you really got the sense of being an awkward teenager. I guess they just don't make them like they used to.
Haha, wow sorry about the length of this one.
[/endrant]
-Lindsey

PS. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Karlye said...

Man, that's why I wish my adolecent years were in the '80s, Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off are some of my favorite movies. To have those movies "define" my generation would be so cool. You my good man are very lucky to have been a teenager back then.

I agree with you on the whole "feeling ripped off" deal. Some of the "teen" movies that have come out in the past 4 years have been horrible. Most of them just have potty humor or are just stories with really bad storylines. Like High School Musical, that definately doesn't define my generation, excpet for the preppy yuppies who like that kind of shit. So do all these crappy movies "define" that my generation lacks taste or that we just like sick humor? I think it means that the entertainment buisness has more power over what people my age will watch, which is really sad.

But, some good teen movies that have come out in the past four years that could define my generation include,
-Juno (we still quote this movie)
-The Dark Knight (I don't know if this counts, but everyone in my school went gaga over it)
-Twilight (Maybe? Sort of?)
-Legally Blond
-Napoleon Dynamite (YES.)
-Superbad
-Mean Girls
-American Teen
-Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist
-Prom Night (Remake, but still defines my generation, sort of)
-Across the Universe
-The Princess Diaries
-Disturbia
-All of the Harry Potter movies

That's about it, but the movie I feel best defines my generation (keep in mind that I'm 16) is Juno. I believe that we have that offbeat humor, sarcasm, confidence, and (well some of us) maturity that is portrayed in Juno. But that's only my opinion.

Sorry this was so lengthy, you brought up an excellent topic to talk about.

My-le and Jasmin. said...

I don't watch High School Musical or American Pie and any of that stuff. But I think a movie that would define the teen generation right now is to be about how people feel the need to stereotype, wanting to be unique by following trends, excluding others, and forming their own 'groups' in schools because that seems to be what's happening lately. (I couldn't find a good movie that seems our generation-ish)

Anonymous said...

Superbad

Anonymous said...

Fight Club

Goblin Queen said...

You are so right! The movies of the 90's and now are very disappointing. The 80's had it all, movies and music. How was Ben Button? I'm trying to decide if it is worth spending money to see it or not. I'd like to see Doubt as well.

Jaime

Désirée said...

Hello Jade,

I wish you a nice day. As an answer to your question, I must say that I dont like the movies regarding high school of my generation. I'm 16, but I always liked movies that are supposed to be in the 1950's like Grease and Cry Baby. I think the plots are tacky, but the music is fabulous. And in my pre-teen years, I must admit that I aspired to have a teen experience similar to Grease. I changed my opinions a lot since then though. Thank you for your time, and have happy holidays!

Sarah said...

wow. what a great question. some movies that i hold dear from my teenage years are: Empire Records, Dazed and Confused, Hackers, Doom Generation, Nowhere, Mallrats, and Reality Bites, oh i also loved 200 Cigarettes, but that i think i saw that one a little later. I graduated in 1999.

MJ said...

High School Musical is terrible. I can't stand it. As well as that Hannah Montana chick and all the new Disney stars. They're everywhere and in your face. It's not cool.

Though, I am quite a fan of Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I must agree, we did get ripped off with the teen movies.

Anonymous said...

Hm. I'm not a big movie watcher. I have music, instead. And theatre.

I'm a big fan of Tim Burton movies, though. And the Harry Potter movies. =D

Anonymous said...

SUPERBAD!! 'nuff said:)

Anonymous said...

Highschool Musical should die....

Patsy-y-y said...

I'm sticking with The wizard of Oz.
It describes every generation.

Haylee Sunshine said...

Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, etc. are the movies that define everyone's generation, I think. Those are the ones that I watch when I want to feel awesome and relatable.

Autumn said...

You're right. The 90's really didn't have the movies to connect to. So we watched the 80s movies. Oh, and Empire Records.

Kristi said...

I guess my time was the early 2000's. But, I never really got into all those movies. They all turned into minor versions of porn really. That's probably why younger generations are so messed up...

Brittney said...

Hmm...yeah we have been ripped off. I'm a freshman in high school and all there is is crappy Japanese horror remakes and and books being turned into movies(not well either). God no, not High School Musical! I wish school was that happy! The ones that everyone talks about here are Twilight (of course), Napoleon Dynamite, and Will Ferrell movies and stuff. I don't really go to movies anymore because there's nothing out that seems good. I'm more of a reader, myself.

ciao amelie said...

yeah most teen movies these days suck. i doubt that kids in high school watch high school musical. this whole disney thing is suppose to be for little kids and maybe middle schoolers.

the only decent teen movie i can think of right now is mean girls.

XxAFIxMCRxX said...

yeah, we have been ripped off. the only good movie i can think of is Juno...i'm in junior high, there really aren't any good movies anymore. unless you like High School Musical, and i dont know anyone that doesn't hate it with a firey passion.

סין \ Sin said...

Donnie Darko.

d'anna. said...

Ew.

High School Musical is about as elementary as it gets. There's this girl who sits next to me in Chemistry class and she always insists about talking about the Jonas Brothers and HSM 1, 2, and 3, and she said she's sending them a letter and going to meet them or marry them one day or something. Just my luck, I was seated right next to her. She doesn't even know how to determine an ionic bond from a covalent bond, and that's the simplest thing we've done. [/rant]

And I love The Breakfast Club, even though I'm still in high school. 80's and early 90's movies are amazing, because they remind me of simpler times. I even watch 70's and 60's grey movies.

I guess it's the times, and the absence of ideas, that the movies are extremely shitty anymore. I can't think of any movies recently that will hold stead in many peoples' minds.

Ebon said...

Your right my generation has gotten ripped off though I did find that Art School Confidental sums up my past for years...well with out what happened at the end but pretty close....

Anonymous said...

They can't make movies as good as the Breakfast Club with that osrt of content anymore without all of the adults complaining about how it sends the wrong message to kids. But I don't think watching those cinematic classics is going to corrupt me...

michelle. said...

I concur. The Breakfast Club is one of my favourite movies.
Though I can't really think of a high school film that would define my generation.
It'd probably Mean Girls or something like that.

Midnight Angel said...

O'my Davey I love the BF club,Sixteen Candles,Pretty in pink(Ducky),and the top movies you said.I have them.Love,love,love them.I wear them out.Lol!!! I have one American Pie movie,but it hurts my head to watch it to much.Lol!She's all that is a good movie!!! I wish I was her sometimes,Lol!!! I guess I'm just old.Is 30 over the hill???

afireinside said...

Hmmm, making me think Jade, too early in the morning for that :) I really don't know dude, never really payed much attention but I know for other people Mean Girls seems to be one of them. Have to get back ta ya.
Catchya and Happy New Years!
xx.
Charlie.

camilla said...

I would say you're pretty much right! The teen movies of the 90s were those typical American Pie ones that really aren't "good" movies... But then again, there were of course the really good movies like Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, etc so we weren't forced to only watch crappy ones ;)

<3

Sebastian said...

When I was a pubescent teenager, American Pie came out and I think - as pathetic it sounds - sex, fun, party and alcohol meant nearly everything to me and my friends. I think that's ok, as long as you grow up and realize someday that there is much more to do, to learn and experience than "having fun" - as a teenager and as a grown up.

I'm 22 years old now and I still love to party, I still do stupid things but I'm much more aware of what's going on around me, in politics, society and I draw my conclusions much more sober and sophisticated.

Sebastian, Heidelberg, Germany

kayleigh kurbstomp said...

Our movies suck, for the most part.
Juno, though, was really good.
Although i admit, it's overhyped.

afichaker said...

Oh wow! I have actually seen some of those movies!
This generation, I suppose doesn't have a lot to choose from.

lisa said...

awwwww!

The caustics won't caustic for me said...

Crossroads-just kidding--i think it would have to be Now and Then and damn, I have no clue if there are any others

Anonymous said...

I just graduated and to me superbad, knocked up, and juno are kinda me and my friends' "teen movies".

Traci said...

Sorry Jade I can't think of a movie
We have been ripped off.

Sarah said...

Teen movies today suck. They're always very shallow and similar plots. But, my mom was a teen in the 80's, so I love to watch those kinds of movies.

I kinda remember the 90's and the early part od the millenium, siince I was born in 1992. I loved to wath Roswell, 7th Heaven, and sometimes Buffy.

StefanieEbling said...

i like scary movies...and so do many of my friends...but the main newer movies i hear about a lot are Highschool Musical, Camp Rock, and such...the music in my opinion has also made a steep decline...i respect the Jonas Brothers and all...but they're music is just lacking...you know what i mean?

porsches as bribes said...

the only one i could think of is ten things i hate about you.. all the other ones werent too great. juno's a good movie, but its more recent. i mostly watched the 80s movies actually, because i thought they were better than the 90s movies... haha

Fishyy! said...

I don't really know how to answer that.

However, The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite movies. Haha.

harley said...

pineapple express

we live off of the scraps of other generations

Black Bunny said...

I totally agree. We had the best coming of age movies ! I still love to watch them. Now I'm trying to have my kids watch them too !

Desirae said...

Jade, you are spot on though. The movies of now do not compare to the brat pack movies of the eighties. They are still some of my favorite movies and I'd watch Fast Times...over She's All That any day of the week.

tragictrust said...

I am in agreement with you...although i went through my teen years in the 90s, the 80s movies definitely became part of my high school philosophy. I think I had a better understanding of what high school was about based on John Hughes movies, especially the Breakfast Club. As for the 90s, they were a bit more comedic than serious, not so much teen angst. My So Called Life was close to what the 80s had, with a 90s version.

Silly Girls Win said...

ewwww. High School Musical. I asked someone why they liked that. They said they actually didn't, that they only watched it to make fun of the people who really did like it.

Anyway, you're definitely right. We don't have anyyyy goooood moooovieeesss.

I did see Marley and Me the other day. Good movie, they definitely did better with that than Twilight. The Marley and Me book was better, but the movie fit it pretty well. You'd probably like it. I'M WORKING ON MY BEGINTRANSMISSION VIDEO. I hope you pick meeee. But you probably won't.

Sarah said...

My favorite movie is Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. I thought it was pretty much amazing
I recently watched a movie with my friend called "The Pacific and Eddy." It was a very good movie, but it was filmed in 2006 I think, a little while ago.
I guess the big movie for teens these days is the ever-original Twilight. I absolutely think it is overrated and over exaggerated. I also really liked Ferris Bueller's Day Off oven though it was a little before my time. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, also Bill and Teds Bogus Journey are very good as well. I guess l like the movies that are from the 80's and some of the sappy teen lovey ones from today. but I think Twilight takes the cake for biggest teen movie of 2008 even though I cant stand it. haha.

Ink Revolution said...

I think you're pretty much right, I can't think of one teen movie that I've walked away from thinking anything other than "wow. dumb." I've watched all the movies you mentioned and loved them though, ha ha.

Jessica said...

Go and Empire Records (a guilty pleasure) were two of my favorites...

JDudette said...

Well, truthfully, movies like the Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure etc., are the movies that I enjoy, more than the movies of my generation. I think all the original ideas have already been thought of...

Death... is only the beginning said...

ALL THE SAW MOVIES

those movies were the SHIT!

umm and maybe the strangers but thats it for me

XOXO anisha

eliseytook said...

Well, I grew up in the 90s, but since I was born in 1988, so i wasn't a teen yet.

I suppose I'm from the unfortunate generation of preteen obsession with Titanic. X_x


There are a lot of crappy movies out there now. I hope that they aren't labeled as the "High School Musical" teens. >_>

helen099 said...

oh, the things you "think about," jade....

my favorite teen movie from that era is "The Sure Thing." if you haven't seen it, it's a comic tour de force by John Cusack.

luv you!

ps,(in case you don't blog) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Anonymous said...

It's true those movies don't compare to sixteen candles, the breakfast club, fast times at ridgemont high, etc. But Can't Hardly Wait was kind of fun in some ways. In the beginning you get an academic/extracurricular activity run down introdution of everyone and what everyone becomes in the end. Reversal of fortunes during the party. And the description of Preston from the stoners "
Preston? I don't know.

Well, his hair's kinda, I don't know, brown.

No, it's not really brown. Oh, he's tall.

Yeah. He's kinda tall, sorta tall.

And he's like always wearin', like, T-shirts.

Sometimes.

- So he's sort of tall? - Kind of.


- With hair? - Yeah.

And he wears T-shirts sometimes?

- Yeah. - Yes.

- That's it? - Well--

I mean, he's Preston.

He's Preston, you know?

I like that guy.

You know who else I like who never got much play...

is Velma from "Scooby Doo."

Right. She was also a cool--

- She was a hip lady. - Hip chick."

Jordan said...

Well, I think 90s teens/kids are marked as being extremely cynical. If one thinks about it, that generation is marked by growing up with almost unlimited access to information.

The entire "Not Another Teen Movie" idea kind of sums up that generation. The movie itself, being pretty awful and packed with lame humor, doesn’t really define that generation. However, the idea of mocking that entire "American high school" experience" popularized in 80s films stands pretty strong. I think 90's kids grew up with a radically different (yet still similar-ish) teen-hood than what previous generations had.

Personally, high school for me was nothing like what was depicted in the John Hughes movies. Clicks didn't really exist much, and certainly nothing to the extent has they are depicted in those earlier teen movies. Things like Columbine and the internet pretty much defined my middle-school/high school years.

fuckxlove said...

i don't watch movies...i spend most of my time listening to music.

Todd said...

Hackers, Empire Records, Bill & Ted. Those hit pretty close to the greatest of the 80s.

angelic_cries said...

You have such a good point! Hm...

Accepted... Superbad... Rent? haha. And those are pretty bitchin' movies if you ask me. Not so much a big part of pop culture... but eh.

I'm glad I didn't have Hannah Montana & HS Musical when I was little. >=[

Tess M said...

The movies in the early 90's rocked.

Screw High School Musical. The Big Lebowski is my kind of movie!

The Con said...

Oh, please. High School Musical could only define a box of hair. That entire "series" is not fit for a generation of out kind. It's a few fries short of a Happy Meal!

I believe that Juno pretty much defines our current generation. I mean, look how many teen girls are pregers today! It's pretty much a trend.

Oh, and I'm diggin the new cursor.

Alex said...

superbad
i hate to say it but napoleon dynomite
thats all i got....

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I think that High School Musical is the movie that defines my generation. Currently I'm a freshman in high school, and I know that nearly every person in my grade adores High School Musical and Twilight.

The movies that I love are movies like Transformers, or The Phantom of the Opera. XD The Batman movies were amazing, but I don't think that they define my generation or classmates in any way.

Perhaps that's why I like them so much.
<3 Hannah

Bekka said...

waiting for good movies. i saw most of those movies tho sometime or another and your right... we are ripped off. there are occasionally good ones but nothing i expect to look back on later. Im 17. Tim burtans movies used to be good ones. i dont know anymore. i gotta get my video for you guys on youtube. me and my brother are working really hard and i hope its creative enough to get ur attention.
Bekka/ Guitarluv11@buffalo.com
P.S. hows the weather out there. buffalo sucks. floods.

Minx said...

I can't really think of any good teen movies nowadays. I find movies, television, and music to be getting a little worse each passing year. There is rarely a good thing out there these days. I did like the ones you mentioned though. I love watching Ferris Bueller's Day off every now and then when I go over my friend's house. I love watching Sixteen Candles whenever I can.
I didn't get into High School Musical at all. I've seen the first one once and decided to never watch it again and because of the first one I haven't even looked at the second one even though my sisters both watched it at least a million times each. I don't find it to be to my liking. I prefer mostly stuff from when I was younger or from before when I was born. If a movie came out somewhere in the 60's to the 90's then I will probably watch it. Getting me to watch something newer than that takes alot of persuasion and promises of cookies and chocolate soymilk.
This is all just me though and I tend to be the person that was born in the wrong decade so I dunno. Maybe I'm not the best person to be asking.

katie monsterxRAWR said...

Hm...thats tough. Since I'm currently a teen the movie that defines the GENERATION is going to be High School Musical but the movie that defines ME is Donnie Darko. I love that film. Oh, and even though it wasn't made in my time, Run Lola Run. Basically just weird indie type films but don't get me wrong,. I do love The Breakfast Club and Rocky Horror Picture Show XD

dead said...

talking about what influences a generation makes me want to bang my head against the wall..where to start? i should specify what in particular instead of just throwing a bunch of movie names from a decade

besides the people who seemed to be lost in the 60-70s old stoner, pink floyd days, most people just watched the modern drunk-college comedies and jackass

the more conservative people i was around and i were most notably affected by;

the first matrix movie, star wars ep. one, harry potter, school of rock, without a paddle, batman begins, and the pirates of the caribbean trilogy.

it seems like movie producers have traded script writing time for creating effects since people think old movies had better plots, i heard morrissey doesnt watch movies made after 1970...

'Un'Broken said...

i agree with you, jade. although i was born in 96... i was born during all the good music... Rage Against The Machine... ect. but, High School Musical is so stupid, its supposivly a 'love story' and.. well no one breaks into song in highschool.... so yeah, i can't stand it. its... just... stupid... and i totally agree with you..

hahaitslacey said...

fast times at ridgemont high, ftw.
movies will never be the same...i wish chris farley wasn't dead.

aMaNdA said...

Meangirls is probably THE best movie ever!!! XD
Not highschool musical, that's like gag me with a spoon.
It wasn't cool even when it came out. Lol.

Joe said...

I think a lot of people look at Superbad, Knocked Up, etc. that way. But the truth is, those aren't really movies that should be our generation's. They shouldn't be any generations's. The Judd Apatow pictures are just cheap laughs with no real substance, in my opinion. But I won't be surprises if people of high school now use that as an answer.

aMaNdA said...

Mean Girls is probably the BEST movie there is, without a doubt.
XD
And Highschool Musical, wasn't cool even when it came out. Lol.

Anonymous said...

I honestly have to say that The Dark Knight is the most famous movie in my school right now, possibly even my STATE right now. i went to the mall wearing a Joker shirt and i got so many "i love your shirt!" and "best movie of the decade" comments from people i didn't even know. my friends and i talk about Heath Ledger's performance all the time and laugh about some of the quotes.

i think it's turning into a classic, but that's just my opinion.

Cold In Life's Throes said...

Harry Potter, Twilight, and Juno...*eyeroll* But hey, atleast we got The Dark Knight.

Tess M said...

Oh, and to continue from my last post, I still watch X Files, Xena, Fresh princes, etc.

I loved the 90s.

Christa said...

<3 Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

I don't really remember what movies I watched... I grew up with Monty Python and Princess Bride, which had already been around for awhile by the time I watched them. I didn't really have any movies that stood out. Most teen movies now aren't very representative of what high school is actually like. I mean, what high schools look as nice as the ones in the movies? My high school was like 60 years old and held together with dirt and bubble gum.

Orangutan's daughter said...

Dude I'm from your generation = I dunno if my answer will help to solve your doubt =/
But I can tell you that the new movies sucks compared to the old ones =S
I didn't liked all of the ones you named, but i LOOOooved Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Breakfast Club.
I mean you have some character whom you could reflect on or "aspire to be like" somehow...Whilst now -_______-
I think the key of all this difference in the bottom simply goes down to the fact that they feed us bullshits.
Cus it's better they do it while people is still young and "malleables", than when they're already "cooked" =S
Cus dumb people is easier to dominate =/ (no offense to anyone younger than me intended tho)

...My god o_O.....did i just wrote that? O_o ...I'M POSSESSED O.O

Happy New Year btw ;P

C'est Moi. said...

Great question. As a teen of the 90's, the kinds of movies I remember are ones like Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, and all those other sleepy movies. The only TEEN movies I remember from my formative teen years are the ones you already mentioned... Saturday afternoon movies on TBS FTW!

No wait! Clueless was in the 90's! One of my favorite movies of all time. Jane Austen would be proud.

dannydunlop said...

John Hughes was amazing. All the new ones are the same stamped out cell phone and penis jokes.

Space Movie is a good teen aged movie. Ask Hunter about it. He knows...

Superbad was good though.

Anonymous said...

You are right, im 15, and I definantly feel ripped off. I'd much rather watch Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, than High School Musical or John Tucker Must Die. Most of today's teen movies are too cliche, and lack originality. None of them have ever even came close to make an impact on my life.

Obsolete said...

ahh i do have to say many of the movies now are pretty much crap, besides the movies that are turned into book. i heard "boy in the striped pajamas" was extravagent. but twilight was horrible. the book was better. movies like "valkyrie" and "milk" and of course "dark knight" have been amazing because they have some type of substance, background, past, and reality to it. i'm not too sure we'll have another clone of john hughes and these directors now a days are trying too hard it seems. i guess previews aren't everything. real life events seem better.

by the by "valkyrie" was UH-MAZING.

i come baring high reccommendations. spend money on it. i swear you're stomach will be tied in knots and you'll shed a tear at the end.

Charlotte said...

I absolutely loathe modern pop culture. I can't pick up a pop culture magazine without having an overwhelming urge to kill myself. Seriously. Times in society are bad, and they just keep getting worse... I've only been alive since 1993, but I have never seen a movie in theaters that I loved... ever. So I've just decided never to watch anything that doesn't have Gene Wilder in it.

~*Miss Murder*~ said...

We don't have any good movies like those in this day and age. Sixteen Candles was amazing.

Xoxo,
Jess

Anonymous said...

Pirates of the Caribbean all the way mates.

katie said...

my friends and i like johnny depp/tim burton movies.
johnny depp is our molly ringwald.
only he doesnt portray a teenager in any of our favorites.
i like the movies he does with tim burton.

Tabytha said...

Oh jesus christ, not High School Musical. I'm in high school right now, and I can tell you; whenever something happens to me at school, good or bad, I don't suddenly start dancing in sync with evreyone in the hall, and sing. No. We don't do that. High School Musical is more for the younger, Disney-age kids, like 6 to 10-year-olds.

Yeah, I pretty much do feel ripped off, because I watch those 80's movies. I don't really like the stuff that's s-u-p-p-o-s-e-d to define my generation; some say Napoleon Dynamite, but it's just not that funny. And the plot's not great, either. So I think that my generation is basically screwed entertainment-wise, be it movies, music (Except for a few bands... It's so hard to find good music and new ideas these days), and video games (Right now, for my age group, there's not anything besides Guitar Hero and Rock Band, because other than that, they're just recreating old Super Nintendo games and the like.)

I know! You should write some totally genius screenplay that gets made into a movie. :) Then maybe that would define my generation, and would give us some identity.

Jorge Gonzalez said...

Good question Jade.

I'm 23, and I don't really know what to answer with.

However, first person to mention Superbad is going to get slapped. rofl.

*hilary said...

I grew up around the same time as you. I agree with most of your movies, but I'd like to add a few...The Goonies. War Games. My Best Friend is a Vampire. The Monster Squad.

I have to find some of those movies on dvd.

Lindsay said...

I usually revert to the oldies but goodies or the indies. But for my generation, I think 10 Things I Hate About You embodies the styles and teenage-ness in general.

Denise said...

Well, Jade you and I are on the same page with the John Hughes films. Still love watching The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
And other teen movies of our time - the cute and dorky Patrick Dempsey in Can't Buy Me Love and Loverboy.

Gracie said...

wow that is a tough one. jade i dont personally like High School Musical but i did see Ferris Buellers Day Off and i sat on my couch with my sisters and mom and it was a really good movie. :)
i think High School Musical is really one of our movies, yeah, and i cant really think of any more. :)

brenna! said...

I think all we really got was Rushmore.

Nicole. said...

You have no idea how much I agree with you. I may have been born in '88 but I love the films you mentioned. Breakfast Club being one of my favorite teen films. Of course Pretty in Pink is amazing, Weird Science. All the films you mentioned I love.

I honestly strongly dislike many of the teen films out today. Especially High School Musical. Everyone pretty much knows that high school is just definitely not like that. Anyone who thinks so I guess is living in a dream world. No offense to anyone who truly love the films.

*sigh* I could continue rambling but I choose to stop myself because I may say something that just isnt too kind. Hasnt stopped me before but now it is. Lol.

I think I'm gonna go watch Breakfast Club now. *hugs*

Go To Hell Hannah said...

Well, I was born in '87, so I know absolutely nothing about the 80's, but I've seen all of the movies that you mentioned and they were all fantastic. I agree, I do feel that we 90's kids have been ripped off. ours were good, but not as good as yours. this reminds me...ever seen Not Another Teen Movie? :)

Lighty (L.A) ^.^ said...

Dude I totally feel ripped off, I can't think of any teen flick thats been able to influence me and if anyone says High School Musical they deserve a good slap to the face I mean because really, really now... but anywho I think alot of the teens nowadays are influenced from the great almighty internet, heh, enough said on that...

Haras said...

i've kind of thought about this before, only with bands.

i was a youngin when Wayne's World came out, but it's going to stick around for a long time. mean girls probably will too.

Piki said...

Yeah, High School Musical pretty much is the movie of our generation.
I wish I lived in the 90's right now.

xCrystalXChaosx said...

you got it Jade....for me it was American Pie. Even if they weren't too age appropriate at the time, I'd say that the trilogy had a say in the forming of my adolescent years.

Though you're right than none of them compare to those gems you just mentioned.

<3

sugarandice said...

Fair question! I was in high school Fall of 98 - Spring 2001 and the movies of that nature that I remember most are Cruel Intentions & 10 Things I Hate About You .. along with the TV shows aired at the time being all the rage. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed, Dawson's Creek, 7th Heaven, and the like.

I'd have to agree with you about our teen movies not making nearly as much of an impact as yours did, and also that ours were not as good. (We also had the 'Scream' trilogy during my time, and those weren't quite a standard to judge by...) Some of us certainly do refer back to the the movies you've mentioned =]

Oddly though, I do have friends that believe Can't Hardly Wait, She's All That, and the American Pie series ARE wonderful, in their own rights...

Miranda said...

I don't really have any- music is more my thing. Plus I like 80's movies too much. You're right, they can't really get better. I mean, I have some recent movies that I really like (like the Dark Knight and Wall-E, both of which I saw over the weekend), but none that are like that as a part of our pop culture.

aMaNdA said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGAKjY2gyqI&feature=channel
You HAVE to watch this.
You and Davey could TOTALLY pull this off.

Mathilde. said...

I don't think...I haven't found anything recently that defines our generation. I mean High School Musical...? It's just unrealistic. Not just the singing and dancing part tbh, but the whole "oh we don't take drugs/have sex/drink alcohol" etc etc.
I like things like Amelie. It's surreal but it's a good film. Elephant and 2:37 are good. SPEAK's quite good.
Basically, films that don't get very big. I don't like those comedies that they release every couple of days, starring the latest washed up actor and self-proclaiming themselves the best films of the year.
The things that go to film festivals like Sundance are best tbh
(:

The Punk Skunk said...

I don't know what movie defines my generation, but it probably sucks.
You're right, we don't have any of those movies...Or at least, we don't have any GOOD teenager movies(can I call them that?). High School Musical makes me want to kill myself!

OneCoolNerd said...

Yay! I fit this category! I'm 15. =]

My favorite movies are not actually in this time...Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, and Footloose and among my top...

As for today's movies, I'd say Juno, Phantom of the Opera, Bend it Like Beckham, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But that's just looking at the ones sitting in my room. I don't really know of any stand-out 2000's movies, with the exception of Juno, which I've seen enough to quote the entire thing.

But High School Musical, Jade, seriously? Sure I watched it about 30 times, but it's just a fun movie. It's by no means ground-breaking or a great plot-line, since it is, after all, a kiddie version of Grease.

Oh! I thought of another! My Best Friend's Wedding! And Music and Lyrics! And Wedding Singer! AND CLICK!!!! And The Notebook!

I don't even know how many of those are in my teen years...BUT STILL!

ThisSideUp said...

Sadly, I don't think those of us in high school right now have a movie that defines our generation... Twilight, maybe? How depressing is that?

Jessus said...

Oh lawd. I'm hoping not Mean Girls.

leongyiting said...

You're definitely right on the mindless teenybopper movies leeching commercialisation right now. Perhaps because I'm not much of a movie buff either but I don't think that there is any movie out there which can yet to define this generation I'm in. Do I count to be in high school under the American education system? I'm sixteen if that helps lol.

Ivory, the most addicting shit you know said...

I'm having my teen years now and I feel cheated. The movies were better back then. Way better. Now it's little hoity-toity brunettes (male and female) bouncing around and bursting out into annoying yet irritatingly catchy songs. They just get stuck in your head and keep repeating themselves OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND... WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGE-- NOOOOOO!

I'm in high school now and I don't watch High School Musical. Or Twilight (I dislike the book and the movie with a passion). Or any of those other rather repetitive and boring teen movies. I'd much rather watch Ferris than some boy named i dunno... Trent or whatever the hell his name is who doesn't know how to have a good time aside from chasing a girl who claims to be smart, but is exactly like every single other girl in those movies.

As you can see, I hate most of all the teen movies coming out now. =) I'd much rather watch the older ones and laugh at those. They mean a whole lot more to me in the way that their executed and the content inside them.

~This has been a public service announcement from Ivory~ xDD

Gabbie said...

PSH! I may have grown up in the 90's, but i'm an 80's movie buff! Grew up watching all of them!NOTHING can compare to those classics! Most of this modern shit has. to. go! Therefore, I have no idea what the "defining movie of our generation" is...

Anonymous said...

The Science of Sleep, although that may not be a teen movie.

Straight To Hell said...

Nothing defines my generation of movies.

Everything is the same or repetitive. No one has a decent idea anymore. No one is original.

But is anyone to blame for that?

Not really. So much has already been done. It's hard to be different, or "orginal".

That's why I watch mostly older movies.

I was born in '92, and grew up watching a lot of horror movies because that's what my family is into.

The horror movies today can't even compare. That's why half of them are ripped off asian films.

Damn, I sound bitter. Haha.
But we totally got the shaft.

Malpracticed.Dekay xo said...

I gave up on movies and tv along time ago. And to define our genoration is a shitty/movie called Twilight.

KittyKouture said...

Jade, we have definitely been ripped off. The fact that High School Musical has probably been the most influential "teen" movie on our pop culture makes one realize how truly sad our teenage culture is nowadays...:0

Anonymous said...

i have to say 10 things i hate about you was pretty rad!

no one could see me said...

Sweeney Todd. Because this generation is completed of homocidal vengeful barbers and cannibalistic pie makers.

OR...

Does I Heard a Voice count as a movie? ♥

lezah said...

I'm not a movie person and I haven't watched much movies. Most of the ones that I've seen aren't that good. I've not seen any of those movies you listed there, with the exception of High School Musical. I hate it so much.

I heard of Fast Times At Ridgemont High because of the TAI... album (Fast Times At Barrington High) and The Breakfast Club because of the song "Don't You Forget About Me" which I think is a great song. I've been searching for The Breakfast Club for a while now but I still can't find it.

Movies nowadays don't sound as appealing as older movies that I've heard of, and older movies are hard to find so that's probably why I haven't seen much films. Now that you mention those titles, I'll probably check them out as soon as I can.

lezah said...

I think I overfed your fish. Oops.

girlisgrey said...

Bring it On.
Seriously...that's considered a good one. And I hate how they started doing part 2 and 3 and 49873 with different people who look like the original characters but aren't. It's painful to watch.

My friends and I mostly reference back to cartoons. There was a funny shirt on some site that had a dinosaur and said "Reptar on Ice" and Reptar is from this cartoon called The Rugrats which was popular in the late 90s until like 2001.
I began watching all those things at age 10 in 1999 and knew the reference, but my boyfriend who's 26 was like "ya on ice...like Disney...they do everything on ice" and I was like..."uhh no...it's a cartoon". haha

Anyways, I agree that people after us have been deprived of any good movies. I'm 19 and it's sad to see what kids who are 10 are watching now...totally different then from what I watched. Seems a bit more stupid too.

Random, but I have to say I love Seth Green movies. Rat Race!!! AMAZING!!!

Those movies you named that you watched are great. But it's hard for anyone who's growing up now not to get bored with them, shame shame :(

Cei said...

10 Things I Hate About You seems to have been a prominant teen film when I was in High School.

Other than that, I'm ashamed to say that American Pie and Mean Girls were the other big ones.

hiimniko said...

Eww High School Musical?

I'm currently in high school and the only movies I admit to seeing are the Harry Potter movies and Twilight.

But surely they aren't formative. The classic Disney movies were my formative movies.

There aren't any positive teen movies these days, I have to rely on the good classic Disney movies and occasionally wall-E or Finding Nemo.

The few "Brat Pack (?)" movies that I have seen were amazing, so I wish someone could send me as a fetus back to the eighties and experience life from then on.

CRGolden said...

I honestly don't believe we have any of those movies. I can't think of one movie that has truly had any impact on my life that's been made recently. I adore The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Princess Bride, Top Gun, and Jurassic Park, and I grew up watching those movies. But they aren't really from my time. I completely avoid most of the movies that have come out recently. The only two movies I enjoyed that came out within the past four years were Sweeney Todd and Children of Men, but they didn't impact my growth, or what I enjoyed, nor are they part of major pop culture. I do believe we were jipped.

Anonymous said...

The only movies that will define our generation is HSM unfortunately. I surrounded myself around almost all the 80s movies you listed as well as stuff like GoodFellas, The GodFather, etc.

God this generation sucks....lol

Ayla said...

American Pie. It came out right when I started my freshman year. I saw it and it pretty much captured the attitude of everyone I knew. As well as re-creating a lot of the stupid shit we would do.

To a lesser extent, and this would probably apply to those who started their freshman year when I would have been in my senior year: Mean Girls.

Fauxhawk said...

HSM is for little kids.

bunnyluvah said...

My daughter, born in 1992, says 'Mean Girls'. I have to admit that I love that movie as well...perhaps the best Lindsey ever made! I, being born in '72, agree with your John Hugh's classics- all of which I have shown my kids and they love them just the same :)

Anonymous said...

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is classic

Candy said...

No idea about that, but I prefer almost everything that has some fantasy in it. :D
Hey, Breakfast Club is awesome!

<3

MissAnette said...

Twilight is the one and only what I really love now. <3

Happy New Year dear Jade !! <3

The Nephilim337 said...

You're right, Jade, we are ripped off when it comes to movies, or at least that's what I think personally. I haven't watched a new movie in ages, simply 'cause they're full of buls**t. And you mentioned the best example - High School Musical. It's the cheesiest thing I've ever seen and I'm not buying it. So the thing that shaped me and defines me now is just AFI's music.
I'm shutting up now but before that I want to wish you a really great New Year, Jade! I'm looking forward to hearing the new album, so make it good!

Joe

Sarah said...

I really wish we had better movies to define our generation.
But the thing is, I think High School Musical IS the movie that defines our generation right now. And to me that's just sad.
I very much prefer your generation's movies.

yograpefruit said...

I've never thought about that, but i actually think thatt High School Musical might be the movie of our generation. It's followed me through 8th grade to high school. Oh man.

RockGoddess said...

I LOVE those movies, & I didn't grow up on them.
I have a collection of those lovely John Hughes movies you speak of. I could watch them all day everyday. <3

FrostyBlack said...

Got to agree with you.
as for me that kind of movie would be "Amores Perros".

Mallory. said...

Mean Girls.
:)

Frances said...

i guess movies that define this decade are i am legend, dark knight, twilight (i absolutely am disgusted at this), etc.

sorry if it's so long but i want to make a point. i have to agree that movies like high school musical, camp rock, or anything from disney are ruining our lives. what has become of this world? i can't even call them movies.

it isn't fair that people like miley cyrus, jonas brothers, demi lovato, etc. are getting all the popularity and fame with the help of disney. they don't even have talent. i think that people like you, Jade, the rest of AFI, iron maiden, beatles, metallica, etc. who have earned their fame actually deserve the credit they receive.

people don't realize it but, disney "music artists" are really amateurs and the "real musicians" are professionals.

MT said...

Darn, you're so right...we HAVE been ripped off. High School Musical?? NOOO! *gag*
I guess I'm not really the one to answer this, because most of the movies I watch are from the 80s and 90s. (Ferris Bueller rocks) The movies today just don't have the same quality, some how. Most of them, anyway.
And as for defining my generation- even the movies I like don't really define it...Not for me.

But like I said, I'm not really the best person to answer this, because I'm mostly defined by music. :)

Heather said...

You're right Jade, the younger generations have been completely ripped off. I can't think of a single movie that defined my generation. Maybe because the shit they put out isn't worth anything? I've never been into the recently released films. I tend to lean towards anything older than thirty years. Or cult classics.

Boo™♥ said...

I think the big movie now is Twilight. Although I like the book and the movie's alright I guess, but I think that and the harry potter movies are what most teenagers go to now.

Not to mention that other than High School Musical there's not really any "teen" movies.

Blaqk Electriqk said...

Hmmm....I would have to go with the two Bill and Ted movies. (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey)

Mister Grossly said...

Teen movies to me have always been pretty irrelevant. I grew up in the 90's, but once I let go of new camera style, more crisp color, and cheesy feel of 90's teen movies (the standout of the bunch being 10 Things I Hate About You, which I love), I found myself far more interested in The Breakfast Club (Hey, isn't that the coach from the might ducks?), 16 Candles (which taught me the dating younger is okay, as long as they're damaged and malleable), Footloose (Did they really think that the skeletal creature that is Kevin Bacon really passed off for some angsty 17ish kid?), and Dirty Dancing (which taught me similar things to 16 Candles and also showed me to never do an abortion myself).

So for me. The 90's were pretty much non-existent for teen movies I liked, so I just went back to the 80's.

chaoskitten said...

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL!!!! AGGHH!!
i'd rather have my toenails ripped off one by one than endure that again! *shudders*
Twilight i suppose is one, Harry Potter and all those comedies nowadays...
bear in mind i'm only 16... lol! :)

Jo Emmaljunga said...

Ummm..hard to say. I was a teen in the 90s but I used to watch growth stories from the 80's(eg Back To The Future I & II, Stand by Me, Karate Kid). From the early 90s I'd pick Wayne's World, Clueless and the two Bill & Ted movies(well, the 1st one was made before 90s). Generally I wasn't really interested in teen movies when I was a teenager.

You said you somehow feel the younger generations have been "ripped off". I must say I feel the same way, but about the childhood years! I feel so bad for the chrildren of the 00's and late 90's for what they've been missing out. When I was a kid in the 80s I watched soooo wonderfully perfect and exciting tv shows that have effected me in so many ways. It's so sad they don't make those kinda "good old" movies and tv programmes for kids anymore.. Only those computer-made animated movies these days. I LOVE the old nostalgic 70s, 80s and early 90s animation..so many lovely memories :)

Happy New Year 2009!

CM Tustan said...

I was in your generation of New Wave Teen Flicks.

However, "Empire Records" is mentionable.

Happy New Year JP!

Jennifer said...

My generation was founded upon shitty slasher flicks. Final Destination, et al. Fortunately, for myself, I never watched them. They never appealed to me. I stuck with the Golden Age of Hollywood and hung out in the kitchen reading books instead of wasting my money and mind-numbing garbage.

Ashleigh said...

I'm not big on movies, so I honestly couldn't tell you. To be honest, though, I think my generation has more of a "dawn of video games/computer" kinda thing going on. Yeah, they've been around for quite a while before we were born, but they never truly kicked off until the late 80s/early 90s.

ThisTimeImperfect said...

Well, in my opinion Twilight was a big movie for everyone. I read the books and when it came out I think everyone could really put themselves in the character's position. I wasn't really old enough to understand movies like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink, etc when they came out.
But, I see them now and you're right. There really aren't movies out there that are like that.
You know, with meaning. Maybe something will come around later on, who knows. Twilight is a great movie and book, but I'm not sure it's going to impact me growing up.
Maybe we have been ripped off...I never have thought of that before, but you're right :]

Himynameisjennii said...

As much as I'd love to say there was. I honestly cant think of any recent movie that was so important. there were the good ones, and the ok ones. but nothing tat an impact.

Feeling Kinda ripped off now. haha
=]

Favourtie movies for the last couple years
1. Amelie
2. Donnie Darko
3. Be Kind Rewind
4. The Dark Knight.
5. Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium

and Finally... Cars. ( I LOVE THAT MOVIE!)
<3

dapnepep said...

Donnie Darko, Juno, Chumscrubber, The Thumbsucker, The Anarchist Cookbook

all generation defining movies :D

seen any of those Jade?

Anonymous said...

Would I sound incredibly bitter if I said "Requiem for a Dream"?

Áine Caitríona said...

Clueless.

Wow, I didn't have to think about that one.

If you knew me, I wouldn't even need to explain why. I may be Canadian, but at 14 I certainly wasn't above flashing a W with my fingers and calling someone a Baldwin.

Also, I was one of those snots in the "Popular Clique" in high school. Again, 'nuff said.

Anna! said...

We don't really have any of those defining movies that I can think of. We still watch The Breakfast Club, High Fidelity, Better Off Dead, etc.
Hm. I'd never thought about that.

jonny darko said...

wierd science is such a rad film! so many great films from my youth have been on the tv over this christmas. yesterday i watched Uncle Buck!

April said...

ohh, tough question... honestly i can't think of many. i'm really just a fan of the older movies XD. i don't really keep myself up to date on these newer movies because they can't compete to the stuff from the 90's :)

kirstin said...

for me its all about heathers. love it. i gravitated back to the 80s classics even tho i was a teen in the 90s...

endlesslyshesaid said...

Being that I am your age Jade, I have to say that I am in total agreement with your post. How sad that the kids today do not have the amazing movies that we were able to grow up with. And the music!! Oh my gosh the music/soundtracks that came along with the movies in our time!! (Am I making us sound like cavemen?)

Anyhow they just don't make movies like that anymore. If you think about it, perhaps movies meant more to us back then since we didn't live in a world of ipods, iphones & the wonders of the internet!

I will be curious to read some of the responses from the younger kids. Their thoughts, feelings will be most interesting.

Happy New Year Jade!

Larissa said...

i dont watch any and im 14 i like all the movies u mention (like breakfast club)
I hate my generation. My faveorite movie is Eward Siccor hands and Harry Potter..

Derek said...

I suppose if we're talking about junior high age, my formative era would be 99-02. In that case, I suppose American Pie was the big "teen movie." I wouldn't say that it really defined my generation though. Far more a craze were the Lord of the Rings films or the Harry Potter films.

To an extent, I think that my generation did get a bit screwed over. Thankfully though, we were old enough to remember some of the better aspects of the 90s, such as the rise of alternative rock and punk bands like the Offspring and Green Day hitting mainstream America. Though perhaps the film industry was a bit of a letdown, there were still other anthems which expressed my generation, and I think in that regard we were better off than the 80s era, who for mainstream music had awful hair bands and stuff.

The current generation has been shafted the most. Musically, I think that things aren't as good as they were a decade or so ago on the whole. Like, honestly, High School Musical? Is that really what's going to define this generation? Not to be rude at all, but I would take the worst of the 90s (*Nsync and Brittney) over that.

~Sweet Caroline~ said...

Well I'm 15 - and I'd have to say The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter ^^
Deffintly NOT High School Musical *ugh I hate that movie*

Michi said...

I really hate most of the newer movies, but for me 'Dazed and Confused' never gets old. I'm positive there are some others that I want to mention, but I can't remember them at the moment!

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