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Teen Queen

Why do critics treat teen movies as if they're real films? Check out today's Ask the Critic question and post your own

NEW YORK MINUTE
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NEW YORK MINUTE

Why do critics treat teen movies as if they're real films?

Why do critics treat bubblegum teen-oriented movies as if they're real films? They have no artistic or intellectual merit whatsoever and only add to the dumbing down of American kids. —J. Correll

Because you haven't provided any examples, I can't gauge the scope of your disdain: Gidget? Beach Blanket Bingo? Rebel Without a Cause? Grease? Mean Girls? The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? American Pie? Okay, let's for a moment say you think none of the above has any artistic or intellectual merit: Still, each represents an idea what American teens are interested in, what the prevailing popular culture (marketed by adults) thinks American teens are interested in, or a potent combination of both. In such an influential genre, even a crummy, disposable title (and I'm not crazy, I won't try to make a case for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's New York Minute) is worthy of analysis as a ''real'' film, if only to identify how bubblegum tastes change from generation to generation.

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Originally posted Jun 12, 2006