If you've been on my Twitter recently, you know I've been on a "spiritual walkabout" of sorts through the mythical lands of high school flicks. "Why now, at the ripe age of 22?" you may ask. And to that I would respond, "I grew up in a third-world country, so not a lot of pop culture came my way." We didn't get television but had a VCR, so I knew "Walk to Remember," "She's the Man" and "A Cinderella Story" inside and out, but I've just begun to delve into how deep the genre's rabbit hole goes. And during this recent self-education, I discovered a formula for every. single. movie. The protagonist's love interest isn't broody and intellectual under a sullen exterior, you say? "As if!" There's not a flamboyant best friend? "And none for Gretchen Wieners, bye." There isn't a cheerleader involved? "This is not a democracy — it's a cheerocracy." (See, I know things now.)
But let me also take this opportunity to disclaim that the following list is a total generalization — no film is a clear carbon copy of another. And keep in mind that I'm obviously a fan of all these movies, so just have fun and don't read too much into it, cool? Without further ado, here they are: my completely-made-up, totally non-scientific "Guide to Writing High School Movies:"
1. Boy meets girl, or perhaps dramatically makes eye contact with her through a crowd. They run in different circles and are both misunderstood, but beneath, they both have hearts of gold.