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Trust me, normal teenagers are doing a whole lot more than Georgia & co!
on 14 September 2008
I knew when I read a movie review in The Daily Mail that Angus Thong & Perfect Snogging would be translated on film as a 'tween' movie, the kind of movie that would sit well to the girls drooling over the Jonas Brothers or boasting to having watched High School Musical more than twenty times. The movie succeeds whole heartedly in creating an entertaining portrayal of the life of a 14 year old to an young audience of 9-14 year olds.
Georgia lives in Eastbourne, she lives with her little sister Libby & her parents. Georgia & her friends refer to themselves as 'the ace gang'.
The story is set into motion by an older brooding bassist, with a side fringe who looks about 18 (as opposed to 16). Georgia is on a mission to make him her boyfrined & she'll do anything to get him.
There are a few similarities between Georgia & Bidget Jones, the way they both manage to get themselves into embarassing (but funny situatuions) in the name of love & that slightly questionable ability they have to make pretty much anyone fall in love with them.
What I didn't like in the film was the overuse of stereotyping, the way her crush's girlfriend is so conveniently nasty & pretty (think an American teen movie's 'hottest girl in school'). But of course it is a tween movie & it has to cater for the young girls rooting for Georgia.
I wasn't disappointed with the film, I pretty much knew what I was going to get when I bought my cinema ticket & yes you will probably predict the ending even if you haven't read the books. (Which are targeted at girls aged 12 plus as oppossed to 9-14).
Go to see this film if you are between the ages 9-14. In relation to a story, I read in a newspaper of a mother & daughter going to see the film together the mother was shocked at the girls antics, I would say that us 14-17 year olds are doing a whole lot more than Georgia & co are, the movie is very condensed,while the books were a little edgier.
I think there is potentially a great market for mature 14-17 year olds who really want to see something real (like Welcome to the Dollhouse) & it doesn't have to be about drugs or STD's.
In conclusion a good film, definitely not an original idea but for all of those Disney & Tokio Hotel lovers out there you can't get much better.