With all the hype that has been building around the up-coming dramatic teen flick The Fault In Our Stars it is time to take a look at some of the big blockbuster teen films that were created over the past seven decades. These films were designed to bring all aspects of the trials and tribulations of adolescences to the big screen and give a voice to what was really going on with the up-and-coming legions of young adults. You will be surprised at what you discover when you look back on by-gone generations of “teenagers” with the picks from The Dean’s Teen List.
Who is The Dean?
One of the most iconic and long-lasting impressions of modern teenage rebellion has to be the pensive outline of an up-turned collared James Dean with a cigarette in his hands. Ever heard the saying “Live Fast. Die Young. Leave a Good Looking Corpse”? Well, it’s attributed to this actor. Even though he did not say the quote it has long been associated with him due to the fact that he did just that. A young hot-blooded Hollywood star on the rise ended up dead at 24 in an automobile collision. The film that he is most known for was released after his death and launched his memory into pop culture history.
Rebel Without a Cause is a story about middle-class suburban teenagers during a time when emotional turmoil, misunderstanding, and the rise of the Young Adult was trying to claw itself away from the old school regime of the pre-war parental generations. When Jim Stark, a rebellious teen with a troubling past, moves into yet another new town he finds that his problems cannot be out-run. Clashing with the neighbourhood toughs, enthralled by the girl next door who has her own dark issues to deal with, becoming the unwilling father figure to a emotionally fragile outsider, and doing his best to avoid trouble when all trouble wants to do is find him leaves Jim to deal with life in the only way he knows how. Fight back or die trying.
An explosive and emotionally charged hard-hitting movie that still hammers home the truths about the challenges of self-discovery makes Rebel a must see and have-to-own film that still holds its ground after 59 years.
Adolescence can be tough no matter what the generation gap.