11
   

TV programs & movies exploring the concerns of teenagers .. for teenagers

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 12:50 am
Any suggestions, folks?

I'm talking TV programs & films exploring "issues" of importance to young people, which they wouldn't consider too patronizing, moralistic or twee. Realist representations of their lives, in other words. One lot for 13 -14 year olds, another for 15 to 16 year olds. These could include any number of themes - eg friendship, family, school, drug "issues", love, etc .... And (here's the catch!) this material would have to be suitable for viewing by students in schools, so anything classified "recommended for adult viewers" is out. So not easy, hey?
  • Topic Stats
  • Top Replies
  • Link to this Topic
Type: Discussion • Score: 11 • Views: 4,543 • Replies: 37
No top replies

 
msolga
 
  2  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 01:00 am
@msolga,
While looking around, I came across this television series from way back - 1994: My So-Called Life. I was only going to watch a particular episode or 3, but ended up watching the whole lot! It presented a pretty realistic picture of young people, plus quite a bit more:

Quote:
My So-Called Life deals with issues much discussed in the mid-nineties, including child abuse, homophobia, teenage alcoholism, homelessness, adultery, kinky sex, school violence, same-sex parenting, censorship, and drug use. While a lot of shows brought up these themes as a one-time issue (a "very special episode") that would be introduced as a problem at the beginning of an episode and resolved at the end, in My So-Called Life they are just a part of the continuing fabric of the story lines. The title of the show alludes to the perception of meaninglessness that many teenagers experience, and therefore encapsulates the main theme of the series. The show depicts teenage years as difficult and confusing as opposed to a light, fun-filled time of pranks and jokes.


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7f/MySo-CalledLifeCast.jpg
The young cast (excluding the oldies) of My So-Called Life.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_So-Called_Life
msolga
 
  2  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 01:10 am
And, of course, there's this good old standby, made way back in 1986! But students still love it & respond to it - including laughing a lot!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/ca/Ferrisdayoff.jpg/200px-Ferrisdayoff.jpg

Love it! Very Happy

msolga
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 01:12 am
@msolga,
Ferris trailers:

http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1800064675/trailer

0 Replies
 
msolga
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 01:14 am
So you get the idea. Suggestions of more contemporary material would be great!
msolga
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 01:24 am
OK, just to complicate things: any good suggestions for 11 - 12 year olds would be useful, too.

It'd be helpful of you could indicate the particular age group a movie/TV program would appeal to, along with your suggestions.

Thanks in advance ...
msolga
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 01:53 am
@msolga,
When I say "realistic representations", that could include fantasy, or humour, or ...? So long as it feels "true" to the concerns of students & to their lives, that's fine.
0 Replies
 
dlowan
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 02:33 am
@msolga,
Wasnt there that thingummybob High that was supposed to be great?

Is Samson and Delilah rated for teens?


I know it's aboriginal specific...but still.


I'll keep cogitating.
Roberta
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 03:40 am
What about "Stand by Me"? Not sure what the rating is. But I thought it portrayed teens realistically. The movie was good.

BTW, I hated "Ferris Beuller's Day Off." The message in that movie pissed me off.
0 Replies
 
boomerang
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:06 am
Oh oh oh! "Juno"!

Quote:
Sixteen-year-old Minnesotan high-schooler Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) discovers she is pregnant with a child fathered by her friend and longtime admirer, Paulie Bleeker (Michael Cera). While at first she intends to have an abortion, she changes her mind and decides to make a plan for the child's adoption. With the help of her friend Leah (Olivia Thirlby), Juno searches the ads in the Pennysaver and finds a couple she feels will provide a suitable home. Along with her father, Mac (J. K. Simmons), Juno meets the couple, Mark and Vanessa Loring (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner), in their expensive home and expresses a desire for a closed adoption.....


More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_(film)



0 Replies
 
engineer
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:20 am
@msolga,
Someone already has Juno. Try the first season of the TV series "Popular". "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" is good. Both are a little unrealistic, but they cover issues. One ok for everyone is Hairspray. Not just for teenagers per se.
0 Replies
 
sozobe
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:21 am
@dlowan,
Are you thinking of DeGrassi Jr High? That's what I thought of, though I haven't seen it, just read about it.
sozobe
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:22 am
@sozobe,
Jr. High was the first go-round, 80's, this is the more recent one:

http://www.ctv.ca/mini/degrassi2006/
0 Replies
 
boomerang
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:25 am
"Freaks and Geeks" might work:

0 Replies
 
sozobe
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:26 am
@msolga,
This was an amazing show btw, I loved it when it was on. Might be a bit too dated though.
0 Replies
 
boomerang
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:38 am
I haven't seen the movie "Antwone Fisher" but I read the book "Finding Fish" and it was pretty amazing. A true story about a boy born in prison and raised in a terrible foster home. Very inspiring:

0 Replies
 
farmerman
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:39 am
@msolga,
How about some series that just get into exploration or adventures, where the kids are critical parts not just post assemblers of a plot or victims or the embodiment of your "Tweeness" (I hadda look that up).

When I was a kid I ws always devouring adventure and exploration books, why not some shows sort of like the "Goonies" but without all the simpleton ****.
I think that kids oughta be spoken AT, not down to.
0 Replies
 
boomerang
 
  2  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 08:54 am
"Good Will Hunting" is excellent:



but according to the imdb it comes with this warning:

Quote:
Sex & Nudity
EditHistory The movie covers young adult intimate relationships, but the scenes do not include nudity, only a man is seen with no shirt on and you see his upper half.

No sexual activity is shown.

A boy (Matt Damon) asks a man to have sex with him the dialogue is sexual

There are a few mentions of blowjobs.

Violence & Gore
EditHistory There's one scene where a fight is shown in slow motion, there's one shot where Will punches another guy in the face and from the impact of the hit, he cuts him and blood smears. Other than that, nothing explict.

Profanity
EditHistory Strong language. 7 uses of d-words, 29 s-words, 94 uses of f-words, & 7 uses of Jesus.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking
EditHistory Many scenes with alcohol and smoking. Many bar scenes.


0 Replies
 
boomerang
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 09:01 am
"Good Will Hunting" reminds me of another good one, "Finding Forrester":

farmerman
 
  1  
Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2009 09:06 am
@boomerang,
FINDING FORRESTER, EXCELLENT. A real partnership between the kid and this recluse author. Not a cutesy tale and one that shows what trust in ones abilities can result.
 

Related Topics

Take it All - Discussion by McGentrix
Cancelled - Discussion by Brandon9000
John Stewart meets Bill O'Reilly - Discussion by Thomas
Recommend good HBO series? - Discussion by dlowan
BEFORE WE HAD T.V. - Discussion by edgarblythe
What TV shows do you watch? - Discussion by Robert Gentel
Orange is the New Black - Discussion by tsarstepan
Odd Premier: Under the Dome - Discussion by edgarblythe
 
  1. Forums
  2. » TV programs & movies exploring the concerns of teenagers .. for teenagers
Copyright © 2021 MadLab, LLC :: Terms of Service :: Privacy Policy :: Page generated in 0.03 seconds on 09/19/2021 at 09:11:35