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Squirming at teen movies

Squirming at teen movies

One time, my flatmate put on a Swedish teenage lesbian melodrama, which was utterly predictable – and also totally emotionally squirmy. So much so, that I had to leave the room.

There was no “hot” lesbian action in the film – just two teenagers from different sides of the popularity tracks slowly fumbling towards their feelings for each other. But for some reason, the sheer emotional nudity on show – plus all that mawkish teenage sentiment really had me on edge. It’s been the same with pretty much all films with teenagers in a high school – even the comedies. I still haven’t seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or The Sure Thing.

Why this is, I wouldn’t even like to begin to speculate. My childhood wasn’t terrible by any means – I’m still friends with a few of my childhood pals. I had a few embarassing moments, but haven’t we all… Maybe I hate emotional melodrama…


  • Arcane Thrust

    Ferris Bueller is great! Though also rubbish. And emotional nudity never beats actual nudity, period. Thats not 'Actual Nudity Period' or 'Actual Period Nudity' now – I'm careful with my commas.

  • Bill Bones

    I haven't seen Fucking Amal, but it's by Lukas Moodysson, who make the brilliant Lilya 4-Ever, so I'd be willing to give it a go. Watch it if you want to see a much bleaker side of being a teenager.

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