Films that paint a portrait of a generationBy Lisa Williams
To celebrate award-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s film American Honey - a youth culture movie that follows the journey of a young teenage girl (Sasha Lane) on a pilgrimage of self-discovery, love and lust - we take a look at other films that paint a portrait of a generation.
American Honey captures the essence of today’s restless youth with an incredible soundtrack to match. Make sure you grab it on digital download from 6th February and on Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand from 20th February, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).
American Honey (2015)
Star (Sasha Lane), an adolescent girl from a troubled home, runs away with a travelling sales crew that drives across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door-to-door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon joins the group's lifestyle of hard-partying nights, law-bending days and young love. Electrifying, vivid and beautifully shot, American Honey provides a fascinating insight into today’s youth culture.
Four college girls (Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer Alien (James Franco). Neon bright and full of raw energy, Spring Breakers is a pulsating paradox movie and highlights the mindless pop culture that surrounds the youth of this generation.
Mean Girls (2004)
Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) is a hit with “The Plastics”, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George (Rachel McAdams). For teenagers of the naughties, Mean Girls was the film that resonated because it captured the essence of high school villainy and teens on the brink of the digital age.
American Pie (1999)
Teen romp American Pie first hit cinemas in 1999 and became an instant hit. The film's premise was as simple and jaw-clenchingly American as its title: four teenage boys agree to do everything in their power to lose their virginities before they graduate high school. The progressive and hilarious take on teen sexuality captured the minds of the young all over the world.
Larry Clark’s independent film Kids inspired a generation of youth culture movies. The story focuses on a day in the life of a group of teens who travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking and deflowering virgins. It’s protagonist Telly (Leo Fiztpatrick), who was just seventeen when it came out, and its other breakout stars – Harmony Korine, Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson - resonated with youths everywhere and the film became the benchmark for transgressive teen drama.