the baby-sitters club trailer

In every generation, there is The Baby-Sitters Club. They alone will take on all the babysitting gigs in town, but realize that the important thing the entire time was friendship. The Baby-Sitters Club was a ’90s hallmark, with virtually every preteen girl cherishing their collection of the sweet YA novels by Ann M. Martin. Now, the “iconic” see-through phone is being passed down to a new generation for Netflix’s upcoming reboot series. Watch The Baby-Sitters Club trailer below.

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Love, Victor Trailer

Back in 2018, 20th Century Fox gave us the coming-of-age teen romance Love, Simon. It was your average romantic comedy about a young kid trying to figure out his place in the world as he deals with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager, but it followed the journey of a young gay kid named Simon (Nick Robinson). It wasn’t exactly innovative with the storytelling, but that’s also what made it a little groundbreaking. It was a traditional romantic comedy that gave a queer relationship the spotlight.

Now Hulu is following in the footsteps of Love, Simon with a new series called Love, Victor, which also follows a closeted gay teen (Michael Cimino) as he makes his way through a new high school, making friends, and coming to terms with his sexual orientation. A new Love, Victor trailer has arrived, and it echoes a lot of the style and energy from Love, Simon, but Victor may have a somewhat more difficult time coming out. Read More »

Edge of Seventeen Series Canceled

Back in 2018, YouTube ordered a series pilot for a television adaptation of the indie darling The Edge of Seventeen. The film starred Hailee Steinfeld as high school junior Nadie as she deals with her own awkwardness, the trials and tribulations of teen life, and the complications of her best friend starting to date her older brother. But the YouTube series pilot brought in Orphan star Isabelle Fuhrmann to play a new character named Mira, who would have endured some of the same struggles. Unfortunately, YouTube won’t be moving forward with an order for the Edge of Seventeen series. Read More »

13 reasons why season 4 trailer

When 13 Reasons Why debuted on Netflix in 2017, it presented itself as an important and nuanced depiction of the rippling effects of teen suicide. Since the series moved past the beloved book it was adapting, it’s become something else entirely…a murder mystery. Misfortune seems to plague the teens of Liberty High, but the fourth and final season of 13 Reasons Why may finally bring the closure they — and we — are all craving. Watch the 13 Reasons Why season 4 trailer below.

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Not Another Teen Movie

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Not Another Teen Movie

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime

The Pitch: High school comedies and romances are spoofed, skewered and served up stupidly in this raunchy, hilarious parody that takes all the clichés of teen movies from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and somehow makes them even more ridiculous. Watch as the likes of The Breakfast Club, Risky Business, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Clueless, Can’t Hardly Wait, Varsity Blues, Cruel Intentions, She’s All That, American Pie, Bring It On, 10 Things I Hate About You, Never Been Kissed, and even American Beauty are sent up at the aptly named John Hughes High School.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: A lot of spoof movies throughout the 2000s were absolutely dreadful. They either came from the Wayans brothers (who at least succeeded with the first Scary Movie) or the infinitely worse directing duo of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who delivered such painfully unfunny experiences as Date Movie, Epic Movie, The Starving Games, Meet The Spartans and Vampires Suck. Thankfully, Not Another Teen Movie arrived just before that abysmal boom, and even though it’s littered with some cheap gross-out gags and toilet humor, it’s mostly a satisfying, raunchy parody in the spirit of movies like Airplane!, The Naked Gun or Young Frankenstein where the genre itself was spoofed with great love rather than merely being an excuse to make lazy pop culture references that would be dated within the a few years. Read More »

buffy the vampire slayer mondo

Buffy Summers may have flunked the written, but the first Buffy the Vampire Slayer Mondo poster passes with flying colors. Two colors, in fact, as the gorgeous poster by artist Sara Deck, which depicts the iconic confrontation scene between Buffy and the Master from the season 1 finale, “Prophecy Girl,” comes in a dark purplish regular version and a bright red variant version. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer poster, alongside a new pin and a new Rich Kelly print of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China, go on sale at Mondo today.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: Never Have I Ever

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Loosely inspired by creator Mindy Kaling‘s childhood growing up in a Massachusetts suburb, Never Have I Ever is a high school romantic-comedy that follows cocky 15-year-old Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) as she recovers from her father’s death and an unexplained bout of paralysis by chasing after the hottest boy at school.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: A young woman shoves down her expanding feelings of grief by throwing herself into a series of bad life decisions that alienate the people around her, while navigating a fractured family dynamic. But enough about Fleabag. Yes, the comparisons between Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s raunchy, incisive Emmy-winning series and Mindy Kaling’s high school coming-of-age comedy may seem odd, but just like FleabagNever Have I Ever is an unexpectedly heart-wrenching delight. Kaling’s best TV series yet, Never Have I Ever is a disarmingly sincere exploration of grief and a snapshot of the immigrant experience nestled within a sweet, hysterical teen rom-com.

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alice wu interview

Alice Wu thought she was done with Hollywood for good. After directing the lesbian romantic dramedy Saving Face to critical acclaim in 2004, which was partly inspired by her own coming-out experiences, Wu left the industry to take care of her mother.

“I was just really living my life and it was a very rich time getting to reconnect with my mom as an adult,” Wu told /Film in a phone interview ahead of the premiere of Netflix’s The Half of It, her first feature film in 16 years. But the idea that would become The Half of It, a charming teen romantic-comedy riff of Cyrano de Bergerac with an LGBTQ twist, was bouncing around her head for many of those years. “The idea for The Half of It was something that I thought of maybe eight or nine years ago, and it’s just been hanging around my head, I kept not doing anything with it. I wasn’t writing at all,” Wu said.

But a few years ago, she had a “come to Jesus” moment, Wu said. “My mom’s health has gotten better, I just gotten out of a relationship that I had been in a really long time, and I sort of realized, what am I doing with my life?” Wu described. “Like is my role in life just supposed to be trying to be someone’s good daughter or someone’s good girlfriend? Is there something I could be doing? And that’s when I started writing again.”

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The Half Of It review

“This is not a love story.” So The Half of It warns us early on, but it’s easy to be lulled into complacency by the familiar tropes that Alice Wu‘s teenage rom-com wields. A modern-day riff on Cyrano de Bergerac — the classic Edmond Rostand play that follows an intelligent man with an “ugly” nose who woos a woman through a more handsome suitor — The Half Of It presents itself as a cute LGBTQ twist on an age-old rom-com narrative: Guy asks girl to write a love letter to popular girl, girl falls in love with popular girl, everyone lives happily ever after. But unexpectedly, The Half Of It becomes something far deeper and more interesting.

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Love Victor Teaser Clip

A series spin-off of the teenage romance feature film Love, Simon was originally destined for premiere on Disney+. However, the series apparently turned out to be a little too adult-oriented for the family friendly streaming service (you know, the one that has a movie about a man having sex with a mermaid), and it made the jump to Hulu. Now a first look at the series titled Love, Victor has made its way online in the form of a teaser clip of the show’s main character partaking in a nervously flirtatious coffee shop job interview that gets pretty steamy. Who knew making coffee could be so tantalizing? Read More »