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Rethinking the Hollywood Teen MovieGender, Genre and Identity$
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Frances Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474413091

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413091.001.0001

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Making Over: Gender and Class at the High School Prom

Making Over: Gender and Class at the High School Prom

(p.64) 4. Making Over: Gender and Class at the High School Prom
Rethinking the Hollywood Teen Movie

Frances Smith

Edinburgh University Press

The high school is one of the most recognisable features of the Hollywood teen movie, one whose setting itself usually guarantees a focus on its teenage inhabitants rather than on the adults that attend to them. However, prior to the mid- 1980s, the genre largely focused on its protagonists’ activities outside of the school, in youth-oriented spaces such as the drive-in cinema and, latterly, the mall. Even Grease, ostensibly set at Rydell High, has one of its narrative’s key junctures – the final reunion between Danny and Sandy – occur at the carnival, an event staged to celebrate the conclusion of the characters’ schooling. That teenagers are now more often portrayed within high school can largely be attributed to the work of John Hughes, who wrote, directed and produced a significant number of teen movies in the 1980s. Chief among these was The Breakfast Club, which established a set of archetypal figures that have remained largely intact to this day.

Keywords:   Pretty in Pink, Class Identity, Performances of Respectability, She’s All That, Constructing Status, Mean Girls, Relational Aggression

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