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American Pie: The Anatomy of Vulgar Teen Comedy

American Pie: The Anatomy of Vulgar Teen Comedy

1st Edition

Bill Osgerby
October 15, 2019

American Pie represents the most commercially successful example of the vulgar teen comedy, and this book analyses the film's development, audience-appeal and cultural significance. American Pie (1999) is a film that exemplifies that most disparaged of movie genres – the vulgar teen comedy....

Halloween: Youth Cinema and the Horrors of Growing Up

Halloween: Youth Cinema and the Horrors of Growing Up

1st Edition

Mark Bernard
October 07, 2019

This book argues that Halloween need not be the first nor the most influential youth slasher film for it to hold a special place in the history of youth cinema. John Carpenter’s 1978 horror hit was once considered the be-all, end-all of teen slasher cinema and was regarded as the first, the best,...

Y Tu Mamá También: Mythologies of Youth

Y Tu Mamá También: Mythologies of Youth

1st Edition

Scott L. Baugh
September 12, 2019

Charting production, distribution, censorship, and reception, this book examines Y Tu Mamá También in its presentation as a journey of self-discoveries. Three young adults enjoy a road trip together in search of a legendary beach. Behind their stories are mythologies of youth, a network of ideas...

The Breakfast Club: John Hughes, Hollywood, and the Golden Age of the Teen Film

The Breakfast Club: John Hughes, Hollywood, and the Golden Age of the Teen Film

1st Edition

Elissa H. Nelson
April 02, 2019

The Breakfast Club is a quintessential teen film. This book analyzes how multiple factors coalesced to solidify the status of The Breakfast Club as one of the most emblematic films of the 1980s and one of the most definitive teen films of the genre. The film brings together genre-defining elements...

The Freshman: Comedy and Masculinity in 1920s Film and Youth Culture

The Freshman: Comedy and Masculinity in 1920s Film and Youth Culture

1st Edition

Christina G. Petersen
March 26, 2019

Before the advent of the teenager in the 1940s and the teenpic in the 1950s, The Freshman (Taylor and Newmeyer, 1925) represented 1920s college youth culture as an exclusive world of leisure to a mass audience. Starring popular slapstick comedian Harold Lloyd, The Freshman was a hit with audiences...

The Virgin Suicides: Reverie, Sorrow and Young Love

The Virgin Suicides: Reverie, Sorrow and Young Love

1st Edition

Justin Wyatt
June 22, 2018

Based on the best-selling novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides is director Sofia Coppola’s evocative debut feature of young love, sex, loss and family pressures in mid-1970s America. Acclaimed by both critics and audiences on release, the film is now viewed as a remarkable and bold...

L’Auberge espagnole: European Youth on Film

L’Auberge espagnole: European Youth on Film

1st Edition

Ben McCann
May 10, 2018

Part romantic comedy, part sitcom, part social drama, L’Auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) recounts a familiar ‘youth’ ritual – the move from university to ‘the real world’, the often complicated personal, romantic and cultural encounters that ensue, and the moral uncertainties that...

The Hunger Games: Spectacle, Risk and the Girl Action Hero

The Hunger Games: Spectacle, Risk and the Girl Action Hero

1st Edition

Catherine Driscoll, Alexandra Heatwole
May 10, 2018

The 2012 film The Hunger Games and its three sequels, appearing quickly over the following three years, represent one of the most successful examples of the contemporary popularity of youth-oriented speculative film and television series. This book considers "The Hunger Games" as an intertextual...

Easy A: The End of the High-School Teen Comedy?

Easy A: The End of the High-School Teen Comedy?

1st Edition

Betty Kaklamanidou
April 24, 2018

Easy A (2010) is the last significant box-office success in the high-school teen movie subgenre and a film that has already been deemed a ‘classic’ by many cultural commentators and popular film critics. By applying interdisciplinary insight to a relatively overlooked movie in academic discussion,...

Boyhood: A Young Life on Screen

Boyhood: A Young Life on Screen

1st Edition

Timothy Shary
October 17, 2017

This book traces the development of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood from its audacious concept through its tenacious production to its celebrated reception, placing it within the context of cinematic parables about children to demonstrate its distinctive vision. Timothy Shary, author of numerous...

Grease: Gender, Nostalgia and Youth Consumption in the Blockbuster Era

Grease: Gender, Nostalgia and Youth Consumption in the Blockbuster Era

1st Edition

Barbara Jane Brickman
October 17, 2017

This book offers the first in-depth look at the history, social context, and industrial practices behind this teen musical phenomenon to suggest that social change, especially in terms of gender and sexuality, comes to the surface despite the film’s retro setting, blockbuster business model, and...

Clueless: American Youth in the 1990s

Clueless: American Youth in the 1990s

1st Edition

Lesley Speed
June 29, 2017

Clueless: American Youth in the 1990s is a timely contribution to the increasingly prominent academic field of youth film studies. The book draws on the social context to the film’s release, a range of film industry perspectives including marketing, audience reception and franchising, as well as...

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