Teen romantic comedy [historical overview] A look into the history of teen romantic comedy By: Jordain Johnson
What is Teen romantic comedy?! • Teen Rom-Coms (Romantic Comedies) a Sub-Genre of teen movies • Teen movie sub-genres tend to cross over e.g: a teen rom-com merging with a teen musical like “High School Musical” • Movies in this genre are targeted at teenagers. A typical plot would contain issues or revolve around interests that a teenager would have. • These kinds of things include; coming of age, first love, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst, and alienation. Also sexual themes are also very common along with crude humour and nudity. • The Teen Rom-com often takes generally serious matters and present them in a trivial and stereotyped manner. These kinds of films generally aren't too deep. Settings we can expect to see are high schools or places where teenagers congregate or can associate themselves with.
Key Associations • The genre gained more credibility during the 1980s with the appearance of writer/director John Hughes. His legacy of teen films (The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, etc.) proved to be popular not only with audiences, but with critics also. • Teen films also include actors such as Annette Funicello and Hayley Mills in the '60s and '70s, members of the Brat Pack in the '80s and early '90s, and Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan, Jason Biggs and other teenage sensations in the later '90s and '00s, who were either pre-teens or teens at the time of the movies themselves
Codes and Conventions Codes and conventions of the teen film genre vary depending on the cultural context of the film • they can include an array of different features that could be labelled as codes or conventions • These things usually relate to the current issues that teenagers of a specific time/age are experiencing... proms, alcohol, illegal substances, high school, parties and so forth. • Some sort of relationship is normally in the main focus of the film.