A look at the tropes of teen movies
RELEASED March 9th



Closeted teen movie obsessives around the world rejoiced when news broke of a documentary about this hugely under-appreciated genre. But would writer/director/editor Charlie Lyne's final product live up to all the nostalgic hype?

Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk (The Craft), Beyond Clueless takes a look at the tropes of teen movies, using clips from over 200 films. Over the course of an hour and a half, Lyne explores representation, cliques, conformity, sex, identity and growing up, all as told by literally hundreds of films. Half the fun of the film is found in just seeing which films you recognise, and which slipped under your radar.


Those expecting more of a Channel 4: All-time Greatest Teen Movies feel, with stars, fans and filmmakers talking about the films that inspired them, will be disappointed. Lyne's doc is limited purely to clips of teen films from the last 15 years or so with narration. Any true film fan would argue that you can't talk about teen movies without recalling the true classics, such as Rebel Without A Cause, or, at the very least, hark back to the John Hughes era. Hell, half of these films probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for the likes of The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. That being said, Lyne's film is a great study on the basic traits of the teen film and makes a good reference point for anyone planning on making a traditional teen movie.



Words by Emma Farley.




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“Half the fun is found in just seeing which films you recognise.”

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