A vast multitude of movies have been made in an attempt to realistically recreate many generations on screen. Almost every generation has had a movie made to express the thoughts of the people within it. After searching several movies, I watched two in order to see which best represents our generation, Mean Girls and Dazed and Confused. After watching the movies, I found that Mean Girls more accurately portrays our generation than Dazed and Confused does. Both movies include many topics that can relate to our generation.
Keywords: popularity, our generation, Matthew McConaughey, Lindsay Lohan
[...] Since Dazed and Confused covered a shorter time span than Mean Girls did it is impossible to say how much popular culture affects the characters in Dazed and Confused. This renders the movie useless in the field of popular culture. While some may say that Dazed and Confused represents our generation and Mean Girls does not, I must disagree. Some may say that since there is much teenage drinking in Dazed and Confused that is an accurate depiction of our generation. [...]
[...] When confronted by the football coach, the school's quarterback sticks up for his burnout friend, something not commonly seen today between the people who are popular and those who are not. In addition, when we meet many of the people in Dazed and Confused they are not dressed very nicely, unlike Mean Girls and many popular people in our generation. It is also known that the most popular people have the nicest cars, which can not be said for Dazed and Confused. [...]
[...] In our daily lives, peer pressure effects almost every decision we make, whether it be to do homework, start an essay early, go to class, buy cool clothes, stay up late, and most importantly, drink or do drugs. In Dazed and Confused peer pressure plays a much smaller role on the characters. During the course of the movie there are some scenes of peer pressure on the younger freshmen, but these scenes do not compare at all to Mean Girls. [...]
[...] While hanging out with the plastics, Cady also finds out about the Plastics worst invention, The Burn Book. Cady spills some info on her new friend Damien and they pressure her to put it into the burn book. that in there,” (Mean Girls) Regina told her. Cady knew it was wrong but she wanted to fit in with the Plastics, so she followed along. When we look at the topic of peer pressure in Mean Girls we can see how closely this relates to our generation. [...]
[...] As we can see, this is not always appropriate and it goes to show how our generation is negatively effected by popular culture at times without even knowing it. As seen in Mean Girls, popular culture can have a positive or negative effect on our generation. In our generation, it is impossible to live without being effected by popular culture. Since Mean Girls is based in a time period exactly the same as ours we can draw very clear parallels to everyday life. [...]
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