Rebels and Chicks: A History of the Hollywood Teen Movie

Rebels & Chicks takes a humorous and insightful look at the evolution of one of Hollywood most popular genre and how it has endured and changed with the times. This informative and entertaining analysis of some of Hollywood's most memorable teen films takes readers on a nostalgic trip through the major cycles of the Hollywood teenpics past and present: the teen horror and juvenile delinquent films of the 1950s (I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause); the Frankie & Annette beach party musicals of the 1960s; the nostalgia films and sex comedies of the 1970s (American Graffiti, Porky's), the slasher films and John Hughes pictures of the 1980s (Halloween, Friday the 13th, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink); and more recent films like Reality Bites, Clueless, the Scream and American Pie trilogies, and Thirteen. At the same time, Rebels & Chicks takes a closer look at the role cinema has consistently played in constructing the image of the American teenager, and guides readers through Hollywood's comedic and dramatic treatment of the trials and tribulations of American teenage life.