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Why do all movies aimed at teen girls have to have the same plot: ''Unpopular'' teen wishes to be the ''most popular'' girl in school? Check out this week's Ask the Critic question, then post your own

Why do all movies aimed at teen girls have to have the same plot?

Why do all movies aimed at teen girls have to have the same plot: ''Unpopular'' teen wishes to be the ''most popular'' girl in school? — Becca

The most obvious reason is that the girls in the audience still enjoy their fantasies of being All That, and Hollywood still likes its tried-and-true formula plotlines. The less benign explanation is that the scenario these ersatz-John Hughes movies endlessly explore, of making yourself over and finally ''fitting in,'' reflects a culture that's mired in teen-zombie consumerist groupthink. Fortunately, today's high schoolers, once you get past teen-flick cliché are a lot more open and wide-ranging than that. Isn't it about time Hollywood caught up? Why doesn't a smart director get a clue from Superbad, a film that hilariously opens the door onto the lives and language of ordinary teenage boys, and do the same thing for girls? Enough with the princess fantasies! Let's see some real, live, tough, racy, complicated high school girls on screen to represent, at long last, a new generation.

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Originally posted Aug 31, 2007 Published in issue #952 Sep 07, 2007 Order article reprints
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