At the beginning it was the Brat Pack and Molly Ringwald was the undisputed star. That’s how began the ranks of movie and TV show that between VHS and television marathons, formed the US adolescents and around the world.
Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Risky Business, Bad Boys, Sixteen Candles, The 56th of street children are just some of a series of films that have become cult, directed mostly by John Hughes. So many directors born and trained with these films: Francis Ford Coppola is just one of the great names. The Brat Pack created the generation of the great: Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Matthew Broderick and his wife Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Cruise, Michael J. Fox, Matt Dillon, Robert Downey Jr., Diane Lane, and even Sean Penn.
Brat Pack means literally “gang of street urchins”, as defined by David Blum in the article of 10 June 1985 published in the New York Magazine. It was a play on words that drew inspiration from “Rat Pack,” a phrase coined by Lauren Bacall, who identified the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin Group.
So each generation his gang of bad, so that later he developed the “Frat Pack”, a group of comedians headed by the figure of Ben Stiller.
According to this theory it is not difficult to understand that if the leather jacket and the hair of James Dean, have influenced fashion and behavior of teddy boy of the 50s, the Nike sneakers and jeans jacket of Michael J. Fox have influenced all that generation of “Paninaro”, carrying them on board the DeLorean from the 80s to the 90s.
Perhaps we must adapt the Ludwig Feuerbach’s theory to today. Well yes, because probably we are
not only what we e
t, but we are made of the movies and television shows we watch or we watched.
So if “The Giant” recounted a time, “Will & Grace” has modified another. I will be more clear: every generation, in every historical moment, has had its problems and difficulties to be faced with the “big” and the “system”. Every generation, in every historical moment, has used art as an outlet
painting, literature, film and television series hours.
So it happened that a television series like Will & Grace has told homosexuality not as something to be ashamed of, but as normal. There are few attempts to tell the gay world before the NBC series. And the US situation comedies created by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, definitely goes the glory of making blatant and daily appointment with that outside New York might seem “strange.”
The stereotypes that make us suffer, become something to laugh together, the language is light and the values at the base of the series are love and friendship. In short, nothing more “normal.” So while in his own way NBC is integration lessons, always in 1998, HBO produced another series that will change the world: Sex & the City.
Four women, a city and the world that evolves to the rhythm of the words written by Carrie on the keyboard of his laptop. Also here you will find that the only end is friendship and love, but told with a language definitely spicy and alluring. Sex, shoes and boyfriends are just some of the themes of the series that told the single woman, but also those who are married, mothers, divorcees and their needs. Th
e woman was cleared with Sex & the City, it is no longer just a career woman or a romantic. Every woman has got to be herself and that, alone, walking in his expensive shoes must find its way.
But while Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Charlotte York and Samantha Jones grew, generational series and changed the show. If Sex & the City told the thirties, D
awson’s Creek was telling teens, less beautiful than those told by Beverly Hills 90210, surely with less solid. And the actors of the series of Dawson have definitely had better luck than their predecessors Californians.
Meanwhile, the film told what the TV refused to bring in prime time. Because the 90 were not only love and friendship, but were also Trainspotting. “I chose not to choose life, I chose something else … The reasons? There are reasons … Who needs reasons when the heroine? “Says Mark Renton, telling the generation of acids and chemicals. A habit and a lifestyle that did not stop the 90 and that TV has managed to tell a story without moral and without respectability only with “Skins” in 2007. The story revolves around the lives of a group of boys, aged sixteen to eighteen years old, living in the town of Bristol, in England. Each episode is a character in particular among the leaders, deepening the story.
Sex, drugs and intrigue make these definitely less good British teenagers, less naive and bloody truer of Weeping Dawson and his friends. Skins has definitely changed the language of the TV series, but did not take the mass. That while dreaming with Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl, deceiving the outskirts evenings as he pleased.
I have not been able to appoint a major film titles, which have not only influenced the masses but also the way to make cinema, but it would take a thesis in Communication Sciences to list them all.
And if my “excursus” will seemed to be full of holes and surface, remember that we are talking about teenagers and you do not you are more. Or rather you are the Millennials, by definition that generation of users also known as Generation Y, born between 1980 and 2000, which currently are in the age group 15-35 years.
So you’re not teenagers. The real teenagers are Z, those who watch all the films that we watched ourselves and also what we do not watch. We have made them sexually free, indeed fluids. While we hope even in the remake of Will & Grace, Friends, of Girlmore Model and in the near useless film of Sex & the City, they experience a new reality.
Whose responsibility is recount this?