Not Another Teen Movie

 
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Teenage Wasteland -- strictly for older teens.
  • Review Date: July 26, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

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").

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 2001
DVD release date:July 26, 2002
Cast:Chris Evans, Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Lacey Chabert
Director:Joel Gallen
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong crude sexual content and humor, language, and some drug content

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Kid, 9 years old November 9, 2009
 

SCARY!

I agree with kfx1138 I wouldn't be bad if a 13 year old saw it but it was kinda scary because a guy got ripped in half by playing football I had nightmares forever
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byBloodeka February 1, 2011
 

Haha im 13 and it'll be fine for people at my age whos not a compete loser

Lolz - this movies pretty funny especially with the start bit with MY LI'L VIBRATOR ;)
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag September 18, 2011
 

Raunchy, violent satire is actually quite funny.

You see, "Not another Teen Movie" is, though the involvement of Phil Beauman and Buddy Johnson (Scary Movie 1), not like other spoof movies. It is a satire of stereotypes seen in teen comedies or romances. While other movies of the genre gain the humour with recreations of scenes or grossout humour, "Not another Teen Movie" also focuses on real jokes and tries to mock movies from both the 80s and the 90s/early 2000s. Though not all jokes work and though there are funnier movies, "Not another Teen Movie" is definitely no waste of time. Speaking of the age restriction, there is average teenage sexuality (masturbation, breasts exposed, lots of sexual talk,...) and very strong language. Also typical, the teenagers drink a lot and smoke joints at one point. All this is totally cliche and satirical. What the MPAA does not say (and this is the most disturbing part in the movie): There is one scene of strong gory violence. A boy gets torn apart in half. (from left to right). You see his bloody flesh all over the ground while he still lives. It is unexpected and will most likely shock older and younger viewers. It is meant to be comical, but it is not depicted like it. The violence is other spoof movies is much less extreme. I watched it at the age of 13 and i could not handle it. I watched it again, and i could handle it (perhabs because i knew what happens). If you watch it for the first time, i would not recommend it under the age of 15. That's the age where you might need to look away, but without being disturbed all night. It is comical, though for it is extremely unrealistic. But if you have seen "Meet the Spartans" or "Vampires Suck" - which also had some rather strong comical violence - Not another Teen Movie's violence looks much more real than those and is more shocking. Absolutely not recommended to watch it unless you are an older teen.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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