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Growing up movies were always a big part of any downtime I had Generally they were for most people my age Typical movies were the Disney classics and the unforgettable Pixar films The moment when Marlin found Nemo touched us almost as much as when Woody and Buzz became the best of friends The best part was that movies were common and everyone was watching them so it was a great topic to relate to It was a general consensus that movies were just pleasurable and not meant to be taken so literally Now they represent advertising rather than leisure The common trends in the movies recently released and viewed by teens have strayed from delivering motivational messages to a focus on alcohol partying and who is the most popular kid in school From the introduction of the ever-so-famous Cady Heron from the teen classic Mean Girls to the banger bash at Thomass house in the newly released phenomenon Project X films have taken the idea of teen drinking and twisted the festivity in reality In other words why is an illegal drug presented as the most sought-after social event for teens In a study on alcohol use in top-grossing American films featured in the Journal of Community Health researchers took 110 films with over 50 of them being rated PG-13 or higher and found that 96 of the movies had at least one pro-alcohol event Everett Schnuth Tribble 3 With this change in media comes change seen in the lives and behavior of those viewing these types of films from the big screen to their smart phones Instead of guiding these lost individuals down a path more appropriate PG-13 movies create negative effects on the behavior of these teens through their representations and exposure to alcohol in society First of all the accessibility of R-rated movies is now easy and is one of the many reasons why movies have such
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