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Teenage

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Matt Wolf

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About the Movie

Teenagers didn't always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn't matter - this was a new idea of youth. They were all "Teenagers."A hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th, Matt Wolf's TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others. Inspired by Jon Savage's book and set to a shimmering contemporary score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter / Atlas Sound), TEENAGE is a mesmerizing trip into the past and a riveting look at the very idea of "coming-of-age."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

75%
  • Reviews Counted: 63
  • Fresh: 48
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It settles for interesting when it might have been insightful. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Mar 14, 2014

Fresh: Director Matt Wolf uses startling archival footage to capture the rise of pre-Elvis youth culture as the defining surge of the 20th century. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 21, 2014

Fresh: A feat of both editing and blurring-of-the-edges nonfiction technique. – Peter Debruge, Variety, Feb 11, 2014

Fresh: As Wolf traces youth culture from 1904 through the atomic blasts ending World War II - from factory drudges to sacrificed soldiers - he gives form to a ghost in the machine of the modern nation. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Mar 20, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Impressive doc

This movie somehow accomplishes the improbable task of making the 1900s feel contemporary and relatable, even while relying heavily on archival footage. Wow.

Brilliant

I love the artistic look through history of youth. It gives a fresh perspective even for today's society as well as the past. I'm hooked on this movie

MISLEADING!

THE TITLE IS MISLEADING, THIS IS NOT THE NEW TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MOVIE