Teenage stream: how Netflix resurrected the high school movie
While the genre has been slowly disappearing from the big screen, the streaming giant has quietly reviving high school-based sagasSince a defining John Hughes-led era in the 80s, spearheaded by The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, and a resurgence in the 90s, with Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, teen movies have become a slightly rarer breed.
Many of the most notable recent teen flicks have had some genre or franchise trappings to lend them a boost – for example, Spider-Man: Homecoming – but that hasn’t always been a surefire recipe for success.
The planned Divergent series, for instance, was essentially curtailed after taking a precipitous dive in box office grosses (the third entry in the series made less than half what each of its predecessors did).
And even critical acclaim hasn’t helped: The Edge of Seventeen, which was near universally well received, didn’t make that
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