Wrap Up of “Five Feet Apart”

The title of our final teen movie “Five Feet Apart” (2019) in this series works especially well because until you actually see the film, you might think it’s an error. Maybe they should have called it “six feet apart” instead to more accurately reflect the appropriate amount of social distance. During this pandemic we haveContinue reading “Wrap Up of “Five Feet Apart””

Read This Before You Watch “Five Feet Apart”

Everyone involved with making“Five Feet Apart” (2019) had to know from the start that this movie would be endlessly compared to “The Fault in Our Stars” (2014), the megahit teen romantic drama with the tragic twist that the female lead has terminal cancer. “Fault” got there first and did it best, so well in factContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Five Feet Apart””

“Five Feet Apart” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. What the significance of the title “Five Feet Apart”? How does this movie introduce us to its protagonist, Stella Grant? What is she doing when we first see her? What sort of a sister, daughter, and friend is she? What are herContinue reading ““Five Feet Apart” Discussion Questions”

Wrap Up of “The Half of It”

Teen romantic comedy “The Half of It” (2020) draws it title from the ancient Greek notion that humans were once more complete beings but were divided into halves by the jealous gods, with the effect that humans began to spend their lives searching for the other half of themselves. While we may no longer thinkContinue reading “Wrap Up of “The Half of It””

Read This Before You Watch “The Half of It”

This week we’re watching another Netflix original, the clever and charming teen romantic comedy “The Half of It” (2020) written and directed by Alice Wu. The core dramatic narrative is a familiar one, the sort of tale that goes back at least as far as Shakespeare and probably much farther, but these days we wouldContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “The Half of It””

Discussion Questions for “The Half of It”

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. Maybe you thought this would be the week I let you off the hook and didn’t ask you to explain the title of the movie, but you’re wrong. That’s exactly where we’re starting. What is the meaning of this title, “The HalfContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “The Half of It””

Read This Before You Watch “The Space Between Us”

This week we’re watching “The Space Between Us” (2017), another teen romance, this one including some minor sci-fi elements. Whether this movie actually counts as science fiction is debatable, but I’ll leave that for you to decide. After the heavier social issues at the heart of last week’s film, this one might feel pretty light,Continue reading “Read This Before You Watch “The Space Between Us””

“The Space Between Us” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. You know by now that I love to start by looking at the title of a work. What the significance of this title, “The Space Between Us.” Obviously, it’s a bit of a pun, but does it go farther than that? What’sContinue reading ““The Space Between Us” Discussion Questions”

Wrap Up of “See You Yesterday”

The recent teen science-fiction film, “See You Yesterday” (2019) establishes its literary and cinematic lineage early with a scene where our protagonist C.J. Walker and her sidekick Sebastian, in time-honored teen movie tradition, conspire to borrow a few science project supplies while their high school teacher seems lost in a science fiction novel he’s reading.Continue reading “Wrap Up of “See You Yesterday””

Read This Before You Watch “See You Yesterday”

Welcome the second week of our “Teens in the Twenty-Teens” media studies series. Over Memorial Day weekend, we’re watching “See You Yesterday” (2019), a movie that manages to combine the silly, time-travelling fun of “Back to the Future” with the heavier themes of institutional racism and social justice we’re more used to seeing in filmsContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “See You Yesterday””