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Clueless and Mean Girls

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Clueless and Mean Girls Analysis The media often targets at young teenage audiences by showing lots of 'sexy' and 'stereotypical' images and scenes. 'Clueless' and 'Mean Girls' are both films which interests teenagers; they show how teenagers are represented in different ways. The following essay will be analysing on how character types are represented in these Films Clueless is a teen drama directed by Amy Heckling and the film was released in 1995. In the story, characters use slang language all the time such as 'buggin' and 'betty' which clearly shows it's very out-dated. The film stars Cher (Alicia Silverstone), Dionne (Stacey Dash) and Tai (Brittany Murphy). Amy Heckling's 'Clueless' is a very entertaining film which can be viewed from a number of different aspects. It can be seen as an entertaining teen film about the life of a typical American teenager. It is very important to a high school student to have a group of friends they could count on and hang out with. Life at school wouldn't be easy for a high school student with no friends because at the teenager stage, the teens would like to share secrets with someone their ageand not many of them go home and ask their parents for advices. ...read more.

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At the age of fifteen she finally goes to a public school after being home schooled her whole life. When she arrives at school she befriends Damian, who is played Daniel Franzese and Janis Ian, portrayed by Lizzy Caplan. While sitting with the two they tell Cady of the Plastics, "...that's Gretchen Wieners; she's totally rich because her dad invented Toaster Steudels."; "She (Regina-George)'s the queen bee- the star, those other two are just her little workers." The Plastics are one of the "cliques" in their high school. There are also the nerdy Asians, the cool Asians, the band geeks and the burnouts. What sets the Plastics apart from the other groups is that they are the most popular, the most feared, and the most envied and most admirable group of girls. When Cady decides to take revenge on the plastics; she used her newfound friendship with the plastics to go undercover and to gain the information which would humiliate and blackmail the plastics and tear them apart. Cady and Janis tried lots of different ways to ruin Regina's Life but it seems impossible. For example when Janis Ian cuts out holes in Regina's shirt, the trend immediately catches on this show that the girls are easily manipulated. ...read more.

Conclusion

Moreover the High school building looks very grand in both Medias and crowded with students this signifies what a typical teenager's life is like. Moreover the female teenagers wore mostly miniskirts and designer high heels showing they are stylish and have a very high status based on appearance. Similarly, the girls in the posters/ DVD covers are very trendy and fashionable; and they all look very rich which will attracts the young audiences. In conclusion, both "Mean Girls" and "Clueless" revealed many different character types in teenage films. Their purpose is to target young teenagers, and in fact, they have been successful. This is purely because these movies support teenagers into thinking that fashion and boys are the main concern in this time of their lives. This is arguably a negative point as teenagers use these films as an example to follow; therefore, teen films are defiantly effective at delivering the message to young teenagers. However, being successful at delivering the message to the intended target audience is not entirely negative, as teenagers find it easier to relate to the characters as we can see how the films portray today's society and teenage interests. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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