Tuesday, March 7, 2006

‘High School Musical’ May Have More Lasting Legacy Than ‘Crash’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Crash may have won the Best Picture Oscar, but future generations may have more of an appreciation for teen-oriented films like Date Movie or the current Disney Channel hit, High School Musical.

That’s the opinion of film professor Stephen Tropiano, author of Rebels & Chicks: A History Of The Hollywood Teen Movie (Back Stage Books).

Tropiano says that “teen movies much more closely mirror the lives of people than the Oscar nominees and Americans all share the common things that are reflected in them.”

Of course, he admits that one reason why teen movies continue to connect with their audience is their lack of reality.

As he puts it, “Most teen movies are set in ‘teen movie world,’” but says teens appreciate the lack of reality. That’s why he says “realistic” teen films are more geared for adults.

While Tropiano admits films like Date Movie or American Pie aren’t good enough to win Oscars, they will continue to appeal to their target audience because “there’s not the same pressure to make a perfect movie.”

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