is a film genre
targeted at teenagers
and young adults in which the plot
is based upon the special interests of teenagers and young adults, such as coming of age
, attempting to fit in, peer pressure
, first love
, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst
Often these normally serious subject matters are presented in a glossy, stereotyped or trivialized way. For legal reasons, many teenage characters are portrayed by young adults. Some teen films appeal to young males while others appeal to young females.
Films in this genre are often set in high schools and colleges or contain characters that are of high school or college age.
As well as the classic teen film, which is similar to a romantic comedy, there are hybrid genres, including:
There are many more types of teen films, which can then be divided again into sub-categories. These can be found at list of teen films.
Early examples of the genre in the United States include the "beach party films" of the 1950s and 1960s, such as the Gidget series.
Codes and conventions of teen films vary depending on the cultural context of the film, but they can include proms, alcohol, illegal substances, high school, parties, losing one's virginity, teen pregnancy, social groups and cliques, interpersonal conflict with peers and/or the older generations, fitting in, peer pressure, and American pop culture.
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