Join the Music Box Theatre and author Mike "McBeardo" McPadden (Heavy Metal Moves) to celebrate his new book, Teen Movie Hell, with a special double feature screening of VALLEY GIRL and THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN. Co-hosted by Katie Rife of AV Club, McPadden will introduce each film and offer a funny, informative genre history presentation between features.
Single Feature - $9 / $6 Music Box Members
Double Feature - $12 / $9 Music Box Members
About TEEN MOVIE HELL: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies From Animal House to Zapped! by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden
Born in the drive-in theater backseats of the 1970s, the demonic visions of Teen Movie Hell fueled the VCR, cable TV, and shopping mall multiplex booms of the 1980s before collapsing in the 1990s in a pixelated pile of cable dissipation and Internet indulgences.
Between George Lucas's American Graffiti in 1973 and Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused twenty years later, lust-driven laugh riots on the order of Animal House, Porky's, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Valley Girl, Revenge of the Nerds and the John Hughes puberty cycle boomed at the box office and conquered pop culture by celebrating adolescent misbehavior run amok.
All-seeing author Mike "McBeardo" McPadden (Heavy Metal Movies) passes righteous judgment over the entire genre, one outrageous opus at a time. In more than 350 reviews and dozens of bonus features including guest essays by Katie Rife (AV Club), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Kat Ellinger (British Film Institute), Teen Movie Hell lays the crucible of coming-of-age comedies bare.
"I heartily hurrah this hormonal hagiography."--Patton Oswalt
"This book is good for people who like teen movies and gratuitous nudity. I am those people!"--Gilbert Gottfried
"This R-Rated Rosetta Stone of celluloid abandon is a must-read for multiple generations of once-and-forever kids...a complete classic, written with all the enthusiasm of a Saturday night slam dance."--Allan Arkush, director of Rock n Roll High School