Teen Movies: The land in which everyone is misunderstood, sexually charged, and over dramatic. The good ones are like rare and precious treasures that can stick with you for a lifetime and the atrociously bad ones fill a certain kind of trashy flick craving. Come take a look at the genre with us and revel in the corny and clichéd masterpieces of our time!

Sadly it’s a rare occasion to have someone serenade you from a campus courtyard, find yourself formulating a perfect cheerleading routine to inevitably win nationals, or to figure out that the boy you’ve been texting for over a year is actually the star of your high school football team. It’s no wonder so many of us turn to the teen movie genre to take our troubled and immature lives and turn them into something entertaining, or at the very least, amusing.

Last week The First Time was released on DVD. It stars Dylan O’Brien and Britt Robertson and is a coming of age tale about two teens meeting and experiencing their firsts together. Boy meets girl, girl resists boy, the two fall head over heels for each other, awkward sex ensues, and everything sorts itself out in the end! Yadda yadda yadda… To celebrate its release, we thought it might be fun to take a look at the movie genre as a whole and remember why it is we adore the John Hughes formula so much.

The Leading Guy

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Apart from being absolutely gorgeous and charming, there are a few traits that reoccur in almost every version of every teen movie ever made. Our leading dude is typically portrayed as a nice but slightly misunderstood kid. His friends don’t quite understand him, his teachers don’t try to, his parents definitely don’t… Heck, it wouldn’t be surprising if his pet gerbil had trouble getting to know who the real (insert name here) is. But do those things really matter in the world of teenage dramas? Hint: No they do not. 

Because all of that is totally irrelevant as long as the girl of his dreams – and our leading lady – is aware of his true nature. Sometimes she has to fight her way in, like Torrance from Bring it On. And other times it’s heart-racing-attraction at first sight. High School Musical fans represent! But regardless of how the connection is made, the goal of the pairing is to ensure that our front man grows into himself and learns that the power of love can make you realize just how great you were all along. *cue: AWWWW*

The Leading Girl

Leading Girls

In The First Time our leading girl is Aubrey, a no-nonsense kind of chick who calls things like she sees them. This is a pretty standard trope for the teen genre. Some of the best sassy girl-next-door types would have to be Olive from Easy A, Laney from the classic She’s All That, or Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You. These ladies take crap from no one. But often, like our leading guy, she’s probably just hiding some hidden insecurity or doubt underneath the spikey exterior. If you want to get to know her better you might have to squeeze her into a skimpy dress or pry the loser specks from her face. But eventually, after an exhausting fight of wills, we’ll come to realize just how warm and lovely she was under all that.

Don’t assume this is the only leading girl trope available to us though because there are times when our front lady can be a bit more elusive. Sometimes she’s the shy girl-next-door, other times she’s the average girl-next-door, and occasionally she’s the goth girl-next-door… It really all depends. At the end of the day though, the main objective is to have this independent spirited girl turn into a well adjusted confident young lady – with a boyfriend of course. Duh.

The Dorky Friends

The Dorks

Ok, let’s face it. For most of us, the best friend of the leading character is probably the only reason we allow ourselves to even watch these films. If you weren’t choking down laughter and squeals when Ducky dances for Molly Ringwald’s character in Pretty in Pink, you can just get out right now. We’ll be happy to show you to the door. Because you’re either a lying liar or you just don’t get this genre at all. Also, if you didn’t spend the majority of your time during Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist pairing up and shipping Nick’s ragtag group of friends – frankly you’re doing life wrong.

Some of the best lines and most quotable scenes come from the characters that flail around and make snarky comments in the background. Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a legend and deserves to be worshiped. Plus, we’re not even going to mention Ryan from High School Musical, because that kid is too flawless to function. Everything would be just a little bit more awesome if we got to have these characters in our own lives.

The Jerks

The Jerks

Not to be confused with the class ‘hotties’ even though they can at times overlap. The Mean Girl/Guy is the quintessential antagonist: the foil against our leading characters but more likely the enemy against their relationship. Occasionally the mean girl is actually the nice one in disguise (a la Kirsten Dunst in Bring it On) but generally the two sides of the coin shall never meet. Except to fight over a boy or something…

Without those people you love-to-hate we really wouldn’t have a movie to watch. What EXACTLY would Mean Girls be without Regina George? The story of a girl who moved to a new school, where absolutely nothing happened to her, and the boring boringness eats her alive. No one in their right mind would bother with that movie. And half of the reason to watch A Cinderella Story, besides a Chad Michael Murray so young you want to pinch his cheeks, is to see Fiona demand from her step daughter Norwegian salmon from ‘Norwegia.’ Without the arch villain and their ridiculous behavior, there would be no point in showing up.

The Rebels

The Rebels

The ‘bad boy,’ the kid who ‘fights the power,’ the one who likes to ‘go against the grain.’ That’s who our rebel is. Despite your age, there is only one character that should pop into your mind when you think of “The Rebel.” And that character is… John Bender from The Breakfast Club. Out of every teen movie ever made, this is the ultimate portrayal of the trope: loudmouth, messy, abrasive guy with a bad attitude. Who is absolutely swoon worthy by the way.

Don’t question why these characters are so unbelievably attractive, just go with it. Leave the deeper intellectual reasoning until after the credits start to roll. Because when we’re in the zone, it’s best to just appreciate the experience on a completely superficial level. Sebastian from Cruel Intentions isn’t meant to be loved. He’s a bad guy, with terrible motives and a black heart. But did that stop Reese Witherspoon’s character from falling head-over-heals?! NO. No it did not. So we really shouldn’t expect any less for ourselves.

The Babes

The Babes

Usually, the hot person we’re all ogling is there to serve as a distraction. You see, this character is used as a diversion from the slightly less-obviously-attractive leads. The boys with the torsos and the girls with lip gloss practically dripping from their faces… They serve as a wedge between our leading couple. They try to mislead us into thinking that they may actually swoop in and ruin the chances of the pair. Ironically, and this is the beauty of teen movies in general, these are rarely the characters we actually end up liking. They tend to be pretty and nice to look at, but also really dull and dumb. Shane West learns this lesson the hard way in Whatever It Takes.

Although there are movies that try and break the mold. Like The Girl Next Door which revolutionizes the genre by showing that porn star looking girls are people too! With hearts and depth and stuff! And in She’s the Man our leading dude is so unbelievably attractive and sweet that Viola simply can’t restrain herself and falls completely in love.

Sure teen movies have a pretty generic pattern. The stories are cliché and the lessons have become trite over the years. But the truth is, an honest amusing portrayal of young adulthood can be really freaking powerful. That’s why the powers that be will keep making them and why we’ll keep showing up. Because sometimes all we really need is a little dose of escapism. A place where it’s safe enough to suspend reality for a while because eventually it’ll all be okay in the end.

So what are your favorite teen movies and why do you like them so much? Have you ever been drawn to one that you know isn’t technically ‘good’? If so, why do you think you still enjoyed it?

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

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Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events will star Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Count Olaf, and on a recent episode of Live! with Kelly, the actor shared many interesting details about the new show.

Anyone who’s looking forward to the book to film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s wonderful series will no doubt be thrilled to hear what Harris had to say while updating Kelly Ripa on what he’s been up to.

Perhaps most notably, NPH revealed how A Series of Unfortunate Events is being cut up into episodes. So far, the first four books are two episodes each:

Netflix’s ‘Series of Unfortunate Events’ episode count

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“They truncated all of the books into a two hour movie,” Harris said of the Unfortunate Events movie starring Jim Carrey, noting that it just wasn’t a great adaptation. “And there’s thirteen books in the series. So [Netflix’s take] is more spread out. Each book is going to be two episodes. We did the first four books, the first eight episodes of the show.”

As for the tone of the show? Great news: “It’s super dark,” he said. “It’s a much darker on the take on the material than has been seen before.”

When Kelly asked Harris if her kids could watch it, the actor dropped some interesting information about Neflix’s plans:

“I hope so!” he replied. “It’s not Rated-R dark. It’s the most expensive show that they’ve ever done. It’s the first one they call a four quadrant show, so they’re try to get four different quadrants to like it. So in addition to being for adults and for 20-somethings and teenagers, they want it to be for kids as well.”

Dark, appealing to all ages, and two episodes per book? We are so down.

Netflix has yet to share a premiere date for A Series of Unfortunate Events, but we’ll keep you posted.

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30

Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

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Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

Bringing back characters is one of the major reasons why characters on this show can never have closure. In the aftermath of season 5’s most remarkable death, Once Upon a Time took the necessary steps to give Regina closure. In Neal’s apartment (once again, reviving Neal’s presence for Emma), Regina began to process the reality of her life through a letter from Robin.

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Kitsis makes note that Regina’s course of action this season will deal with processing her grief. “I can tell you that a lot of this year is about Regina dealing with loss and moving on, because I think Regina has the most unfair luck of anybody, but that’s what makes her Regina,” says Kitsis.

We already caught some of that in the season 6 opener where Regina talks with Snow White about her character’s story and its various interpretations. If the feather floating away from Regina on the bench was a nod to her finding the strength to let go even a little bit, what will Robin’s return mean for her mentally? Regina needs all her faculties to face the most terrifying adversary this season– herself.

What will Robin’s return look like?

Maybe he will appear Jiminy Cricket style and remind her of her best qualities as she faces the Evil Queen. Or perhaps he will appear to save his daughter through some kind of intrinsic bond that exists between them? Maybe that feather actually means a bit more than we give it credit for!

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Kitsis and Horowitz note that Sean Maguire will have “an arc” meaning it is likely that he will appear in more than one episode.

What are some of your theories for Robin’s involvement in season 6? Let us know in comments!

Once Upon a Time season 6, episode 2, “A Bitter Draught,” airs Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.