As expected with any group of rebellious teenagers, the girls get into all kinds of trouble during their life on the road — drugs, sex, alcohol, the works. That said, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie are hardly Hollywood's first bad girls; take a look at some of the other high school hellions to hit the big screen. View On One Page. Photo 0 of Previous Next Start Slideshow.
A mainstay of the classic teen comedy movie, but usually seen at least once in every sitcom that has a teenaged character, this is the inevitable result of mixing one or more teenagers with a house devoid of parental figures, who are usually away for the weekend. It almost always results in wall-to-wall teens, loud music, underage drinking, and property damage. Sometimes this is by design, and sometimes a small party for a couple of friends spirals completely out of control. A popular variation of this is that the host only invited over two or three friends and the party just shows up out of nowhere. Someone they did invite brought one more person, and so did another. Then someone they never met shows up at the door. Fast forward ten minutes and a college football team shows up with a keg and there's somehow full disco lighting in the living room.
As winning as Jennifer Lawrence is with that bow and arrow, remember that this movie is about kids fighting a gladiatorial battle to the death. Stabbings, slicings and cliquish pack hunting are the activities of a futuristic breed of youth, so desperate for survival that common mercy falls by the wayside. Makes perfect sense, considering their dad is played by easy rider Dennis Hopper. The Japanese original triggered a wave of evil-technology movies—this was the one about a haunted videocassette that kills you. When Hollywood got around to its unusually excellent remake, the true villain was in our face: ropy-haired Samara Daveigh Chase , an abused child drowned in a well, intent on ghostly revenge.
Remember, this is before the Internet existed. Some of these films are classics, some of them are more than a little problematic — but all of them serve as a time capsule into a freewheeling, innocent age. Virgins, nerds, ski bunnies, Valley girls, peeping toms: All are welcome.