From Euphoria to Moxie, a new generation of films and shows are tackling thorny issues while bringing diversity and political awareness to the halls of high school. Unshackled from box office expectations and conventional wisdom, streaming services, with their near-bottomless wells of cash, have made a virtual cottage industry of the once-flatlined teen movie. But its base unit remains the comedy set in a suburban high school. These films were popular, enjoyable, and remain, for many, beloved; they also focused overwhelmingly on straight, white characters, and are laced with casual homophobia or sexism. With the exception of Ridgemont, which was written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Amy Heckerling, they were directed by white men.
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Theater geeks, or anyone to ever appear in a school play, can relate to the highs and lows our teenage cast suffers as the competition gets harder the closer they get to graduation. Alan Parker directs, giving the film an unflinching if, at times, overstated portrayal of young performers and the toll chasing their ambitions have on themselves and the relationships most important to them. As funny as the movie is, it also features some heavy moments that may surprise the first-time viewer. The premise has a very American Pie vibe to it, as three high school pals -- all with different and likable personalities — set out to lose their virginity as soon as possible. Like Fast Times before it, Last American Virgin also deals with the sensitive subject of abortion and teen pregnancy in a way that gives the comedy a surprising and welcome amount of weight and heart. The iconic "pantless slide" Cruise performs to Bob Seger is just one of those Hollywood scenes branded forever upon pop-culture.
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In another universe, this teen classic would have been totally different. First, the janitor role was offered to Rick Moranis Ghostbusters , who wanted to do a Russian accent for comedic relief. Director John Hughes and other executives thought it would be too distracting for the serious tone of the film. Another change was to the script. Read on to see why Judd Nelson was almost fired from the movie!