'Moxie' and 'Genera+ion' join a streaming wave of angst-ridden teen drama

Depending on one’s point of view, we are either living through a golden age of angst-ridden teen dramas, or a glut that risks rendering them indistinguishable from each other.

On the heels of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why and HBO’s “欣快感”both extraordinarily bleak, raw looks at modern teenage lifecomes two more similarly themed projects: “Moxie,” a Netflix movie directed by Amy Poehler (who co-stars as the main character’s mom); 和 “Genera+ion,” an HBO Max series created by 19-year-old Zelda Barnz working with her fathers, the married producing team Daniel Barnz and Ben Barnz.
Moxieis actually based on a book, about a quiet student, Vivian (Hadley Robinson), who finally reacts to injustices at her school by anonymously publishing a pamphlet detailing outrages on behalf of the female student body.
Produced by “女孩的” Lena Dunham, “Genera+ionfocuses on a group of kids framed by the device of an unexpected crisis in a mall bathroom.
    Like the other shows, there are common threads to these latest efforts. A frankness about sexuality and drug use, inclusiveness in the casting, and a view of parents as mostly ineffectual and out of touch, at least initiallynot quite Charlie Brown cartoon territory, but not too far away either.
    In most of the shows, the teens are played by actors in their 20smostly due to convenience (working with minors creates certain logistical restrictions), but a decision that subtly affects the depictions of sex, since the minors are actually adults.
    In the case ofGenera+ion,” 例如, Justice Smith plays Chester, an out and proud water-polo star who keeps running afoul of the school’s dress code, continuously flirts with his adult guidance counselor (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett).
    “我是, 喜欢, 很多,” Chester says early on.
    Most of these shows are “很多,” which is of course the pointconjuring old-fashioned soap operas around younger, more diverse characters, building on what was considered edgy back whenBeverly Hills, 90210” 要么 “道森的溪” were all the rage.
    Justice Smith in the HBO Max series 'Genera+ion' (Photograph by Jennifer Clasen / HBO Max).

    The continuum rolled on, with controversial movies like director Larry Clark’sKidsand series likeSkins,” each seemingly pushing the parameters of teen content a little further, as happens with all genres.
    What’s changed are both the platforms with the advent of streaming and the relaxation of content restrictions. 在 “Genera+ion,” sending a naked photo is not only a dramatic device, but the image of the body part can be shown in vivid color.
    In that sense, these programs have more in common with independent films than the series of oldthe difference being that instead of telling coming-of-age stories with a beginning, middle and end, as with acclaimed recent examples likeLady Bird” 和 “Booksmart,” the narrative is prolonged in serialized form, upping the ante on situations characters face along the way.
    Like those films, “Moxie” — described as acoming of rage” 故事, because of the protagonist’s awakening to her school’s injusticesis directed by an actor and possesses some of that irreverent flavor. Late twists ratchet up the drama, but also make the movie feel as it has rushed toward a resolution.
    While Netflix and HBO have found a fertile audience for teen sagas, every week seems to bring a new independent movie about that demographic, the latest beingSophie Jones,” which looks at a 16-year-old girl dealing with griefin part through various sexual encountersafter her mother’s death.
    什么时候 “欣快感” premiered, the Washington Post’s Bethonie Butler noted that the audience for such shows isn’t confined to teens. Referring to another pioneer among high-school-set series, “德格拉西,” Butler wrote that while the ad line for that show wasIt goes there,” “If ‘Degrassiwent there because it had to, ‘Euphoria’ goes there (and there and, OMG, 那里) because it can.
      In the case of “13 Reasons Why,” “going thereled to excess and a creative slide. Time will tell how well “欣快感” 要么 “Genera+iondeal with those challenges, but as these stories become edgier, standing out from the crowd doesn’t get any easier. The one certainty, 这一点, is that each generation will have its chance to add to, if not reinvent, the teen-troubles genre.
      Moxiepremieres March 3 在Netflix上. “Genera+ionpremieres March 11 on HBO Max, 哪一个, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.

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