Not Another Teen Movie

Movie review by
Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
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Teenage Wasteland -- strictly for older teens.
  • R
  • 2001
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie is intended as a spoof, but that doesn't excuse the fact that there are no positive messages to speak of. Stereotypes run rampant, and no topic is off limits. Teen drinking and sex are treated very lightly.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No parent would want their teen behaving like the characters in this movie, who drink, hook up, and act in a generally depraved manner. Women are treated primarily as sexual objects.

Violence

Most of the fairly infrequent violent acts are comedic, but they're severe in nature (characters are hit by vehicles, literally get torn part, etc.) and lack repercussions.

Sex

Frequent and extreme references to teens "getting laid," plus numerous portrayals of nudity (full-frontal female nudity, cleavage, bare buttocks and breasts), frank dialogue, and situations. Sex toys are seen. Also tons of references to male and female anatomy and lesbian sex.

Language

Frequent use of words like "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "c--k," "laid," "ass," "tits," "hell," "crap," "oh my God," and "goddamn."

Consumerism

Some mention of fashion and cosmetics.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol and marijuana use (including by underage characters), generally without consequence. One adult character is an alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film is not for children. The movie contains full frontal female nudity, repeated references to sexual scenarios involving defecation, a storyline in which three teen boys plot "to get laid," and an alcoholic father who urges his teen daughter to commit incest. There are also several references to marijuana, as well as underage drinking, some scenes of comic violence, and lots of strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t").

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byscottb80 October 10, 2019

Fun parody movie

This movie is literally parody of 80s/90s teen/high school movies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Rudy,... Continue reading
Adult Written bySpicen4u June 22, 2019

Just saying

I don't think they should say the gd word through the movie, never cuss God, that's not appropriate, the actor could have said a different word
Teen, 14 years old Written byheyyyy123 November 12, 2018

It's inappropriate, but it's supposed to be...

Yes, it has sex references, drug references, and a lot of swearing. However it's honestly not something we don't see and hear about in school everyday... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEarlGreyTea November 26, 2018

Loved it

this is a really funny film is you know what films it's making fun of. The films I picked up on was The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, 10 Things I Hate Ab... Continue reading

What's the story?

A parody of movies marketed to teens, NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE depicts what happens when popular jock Jake Wyler (Chris Evans) bets his friends that he can turn any girl into the prom queen merely by associating with him -- even nerdy artist Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh). The movie borrows liberally both from '80s teen classics like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink and popular '90s teen flicks like 10 Things I Hate About You, Can't Hardly Wait, and Jawbreaker to wildly lampoon the narratives, characters, and settings that have become the hallmarks of the teen genre. At the same time, it places sex in the foreground -- but not the blushing, naïve pursuits in the name of lust and love so common to teen flicks. Rather, it opts for intergenerational lesbian sex, mother-son and sister-brother incest, and plenty of additional sexually explicit references.

Is it any good?

Not Another Teen Movie is both raunchy and excessive. The storyline is interspersed with a few truly funny references to the racial politics of teen comedies like Bring It On (where the white cheerleaders stole the dances moves from a cheerleading squad at a predominantly African-American high school). Also included are terrific cameos by Paul Gleason (who played the principal in The Breakfast Club), Mr. T, and '80s teen flick staple Molly Ringwald.

But the moments of inspiration are few and far between, and they're often drowned out by the nonstop raunch. And even the funny bits are best enjoyed by those old enough and mature enough to recognize that the sexual elements here are intended to be excessive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the film is trying to make a particular point about teenage sexuality in the midst of all its spoofiness. Is there any kind of message to take away here?

  • How does the film establish Janey as "the nice ugly girl" vs. Priscilla as "the pretty bitch"? Why is the female foreign exchange student portrayed as a naïve sexpot? Does the film have any positive female characters?

  • How is seeking sex established as being appropriate for the male characters but inappropriate for the female characters?

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