Let’s open our next critique into a discussion.

Watch one of the seven movies below. As you’re watching, think about how the filmmakers are saying something about being a teenager. Remember to think in terms of the ways we critique movies: dialogue, plot, character, performance, cinematography, music, sound, and editing. Then add a reply on the Google Classroom answering “How does this movie use the techniques of film making to say something about being a teenager?” Be specific.

In addition to your original post, (16 points) you must reply to two other posts (7 points each). A good reply makes a connection, asks a useful question, or makes a good comparison. Useful questions are not those that can be answered in a few words. Due Tuesday, March 31 at 11:59pm.

Make sure you speak with your family before choosing your movie.

Dumplin’ (2018) PG-13 The plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen signs up for her mum’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow in her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. https://decider.com/movie/dumplin/

Say Anything (1989) PG-13 In a charming, critically acclaimed tale of first love, Lloyd, an eternal optimist, seeks to capture the heart of Diane, an unattainable high-school beauty and straight-A student. https://decider.com/movie/say-anything/

Lady Bird (2017) R Marion McPherson, a nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her: loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated. https://decider.com/movie/lady-bird/

Ghost World (2001) R Best friends Enid and Rebecca face the summer after their high school graduation, with no plans for their future other than to find jobs and live together. https://decider.com/movie/ghost-world/

Booksmart (2019) R Academic overachievers Amy and Molly thought keeping their noses to the grindstone gave them a leg up on their high school peers. But on the eve of graduation, the best friends suddenly realize that they may have missed out on the special moments of their teenage years. https://decider.com/movie/booksmart/

Mean Girls (2004) PG-13 Raised in the African bush country by her zoologist parents,¬†Cady¬†Heron thinks she knows all about the “survival of the fittest”. But the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 16-year old enters public high school for the first time. https://decider.com/movie/mean-girls/

Heathers (1988) R Veronica is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behavior. When Veronica meets her new boyfriend, J.D., they confront clique leader Heather Chandler. https://decider.com/movie/heathers/

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