If you’ve seen the movie “Mean Girls”, you know that the story revolves around a group of girls that are considered the “elite popular group”. These girls see themselves as better than others and if crossed seek to destroy the person who dared to interfere with their life. While today's celebrities may take turns holding this status, there are always a select group of celebrities that stand out as the top “mean girls”. You likely won’t be surprised to find out that Taylor Swift remains a top contender for "mean girl" status. It’s fair to say that Taylor Swift is all about Taylor Swift even on her childhood best friend’s wedding day.
Mean Girls The movie Mean Girls has become a worldwide phenomenon in the past ten years. With A-list celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams this movie skyrocketed to fame quickly, and is now seen as one of the favorites in this generation. At first look a person would think that this film is just another chick flick, but there is so much more to this than pretty girls and cat fights. With characters like Cady Heron, the easily impressionable new girl from Africa, and Regina George, the popular girl that runs the school, this movie is a prime example of the social aspects of an adolescent’s life and the changes that can take place during this time.
In class we watched the movies Pariah, The breakfast club and Mean girls to see how they present expressive individualism. Bulman defined expressive individualism as “that strain of American individualism that values not material achievements, but the discovery of one’s unique identity and the freedom of individual self-expression” (Bulman, 2005). In the movie “Mean Girls” it’s about a girl named Cady who is new in a suburban high school. She moved there from Africa and has now the problem of facing the inequalities by social classes which are noticeable by expressive individualism.
"Clueless" is a smart and funny movie, and the main characters Cher, who lives in a mansion and She is one of the most totally self-absorbed characters in a movie since the heroes of "Wayne's World," and yet she isn't a victim, and we get the idea she will grow up tough and clever, like her dad. He's a big-time lawyer, a person who is always working on big cases. He knows everything that's going on, cares for his daughter, is protective of her, for an example, tells a kid taking his daughter out on a date "If anything happens to her, I got a .45 and a shovel”. Emma Woodhouse in the movie “Emma” has the world at her fingertips. She’s young, pretty, and smart, she also happens to be the reigning queen of her village’s social scene.
The main character Cady from Mean Girls is very similar to Brutus. Cady backstabbed Regina George in Mean Girls. In Julius Caesar, Brutus was a part of the killing of Julius Caesar. Both of these characters relate to each other because they both pretended to be someone's friends to backstab them. Another reason these two characters are similar is because Cady tried to get everyone to turn on Regina and at the end of the movie everyone started to turn on her and hate her.
In the film Thirteen the main character, Tracy, begins the film with conventionally “good influences” as friends. (I put good influence in quotes because being a good influence is fairly subjective.) Tracy begins to gravitate towards Evie, the traditionally “bad influence”. (Again, parentheses for subjectivity, although Evie, in my mind definitely qualifies as such.) Evie is very popular, and she’s something of an enigma, but something about her makes less emotionally vulnerable kids want to stay away from her.
“In the play Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare and the movie 10 Things I Hate About You there are many characters that change. Katherine and Petruchio/ Patrick both learned that if there is a positive factor in their life pushing them to do something that they will be better off doing it and make them happier as a person. People that have more support by friends or family are generally better off in life than those who don’t. ” Katherine who is a stubborn shrew will not do anything to date a guy for her sister Bianca who really wants to date a guy she met.
“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different,then finding myself in there,”Meryl Streep. During the 1950’s entertainment was a crucial part of the daily teen life. Teenagers were inspired to be like the actor or actress they see in tv. Television had a big impact during the 50’s it was one of the most popular product.
Supreeya Thammarattananon COM 495 Chasing Amy (1997) The story of Chasing Amy (1997), played out through a triangular relationship, is a common one in dramatic and comedic film. And since Chasing Amy is dubbed as a comedy, it would seem at the start that there would be mostly hilarity along this process. However, Chasing Amy is more of a dark comedy, and in dark comedies, just as there is in real life, there is “dark” communication that looms, threatens, and damages the lightest of moments and closest of interpersonal relationships (Cupach & Spitzberg, 2007; Spitzberg & Cupach, 1998).