Read And Summarize David Denby

“High School Confidential: Notes on Teen Movies” is an exploratory essay rather than a persuasive essay.
Purpose – to explore the cultural significance of the teen film and to show its characteristics of a genre

Thesis- The teen film, while not art, does cultural work and thus are interesting to study.

  1. The teen film is a recognizable genre with stock villains and heroes
  2. Genre films do emotional work for the audience, and teen films are revenge fantasies for the emotional humiliation of high school rather than being a mirror to the reality of high school.
  3. These film critique a cultural emphasis on beauty and money but doesn’t overturn this emphasis (after all, the outsider hero/heroine get the guy or girl)
  4. Some really interesting teen movies go beyond the limitation of the genre.
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