Cinema: Is There Life After Teenpix?

Yes: one winner in the latest youth-movie sweepstakes

What's the matter with kids' movies today? There are too damn many of them, that's what, and they are all about the same damn thing. Since 1978, when National Lampoon's Animal House revived the teenpix genre, rites of passage have become Kabuki rituals: popping zits, snapping towels in the locker room, dancing in the streets, ogling the girls in the shower, getting crazy drunk and tearing up the strip in a "borrowed" Porsche and grossing out Mom and Dad. Sentient adults must unite to cry: Enough already! The glandular convulsions of adolescence are just not interesting or complex enough to sustain...

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