I’m going with another theme within a theme post for this week. I know, I’m getting really good at these! The reasons this week is a little weird though is because these movies aren’t all as good as they should. But I was having a weird week, so here is the weirdness reflected in my today’s picks: platonic friendships in teen movies.
While an awful movie, mostly due to its second half, The Kissing Booth had a very sweet friendship between Elle and Lee in its center. The friendship was the high light of the film, and it reminded me how important it is for teen movies to showcase not just romantic relationships but also platonic. But if you ever do watch it, stop after the kissing booth scene. After that, the movie takes a deep dive into shitty territory.
Now, another not so good movie but with a very good platonic friendship in its middle. A Cinderella Story is a retelling, obviously, and while young Chad Michael Murray almost steals the spotlight, Dan Byrd’s Carter still wins. He is funny, adorable and a good friend! And while I did have a little fangirl moment in my youth, I fully acknowledge the fact that Hilary Duff does not know how to act all that well. She has improved over the years, but she always seems so uncomfortable on screen.
Probably the best of the three is Step Up 2, which takes the dancing to the streets. Within its plot is Andie and Moose, bit of an unlikely pair of two people but it works too well to be dismissed. While their friendship starts before their mutual love for dance is out in the open, it’s through dance that their friendship grows. Wow. That sounded super cheesy… but I mean it.
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