It’s now been a week since I published my reviews for this double feature. Since that time, I’ve been able to ponder over the films I have seen and my thoughts on both of them. In the conclusion of my double feature, I will reflect on what I learned, as well as the three questions that I sought to answer. These questions were the following:
Is there any aspect of either film that could be seen as relevant today?
Besides having young actors as the leads, do these films share any similarities?
Do the socio-economics of each film’s world affect the characters or the story?
As I was watching Rich Kids and Over the Edge, I was surprised to discover that there was nothing about either film that could hold it back from standing the test of time. No bygone pop cultural references or lingo plagued the scripts. By having each story focus on a simple concept, it helps each film achieve a sense of universality. I was also surprised by how little influence socio-economics had in both films. Before watching them, I thought socio-economics would be an overarching theme. But Rich Kids and Over the Edge put an emphasis on the exact same thing: its characters. Speaking of characters, there were two similarities I noticed when writing my reviews. The first one is how the youth in both films desperately needed guidance in their lives. Because they weren’t receiving any from their parents, they chose to find it somewhere else. The second similarity is how the young characters turned toward their friends for advice and help, showing how youth need to spend time with their peers. After everything is said and done, I ended up liking Rich Kids more than Over the Edge, giving the former 7.1 and the latter 6.1. Despite this, I can now recognize that they share important similarities as well as differences.
Have fun at the movies!
If you want to read my articles related to this double feature, here are the links to those posts:
Introducing My Youth-Led Film Double Feature!
Take 3: Rich Kids Review (Youth-Led Film Double Feature Part 1)
Take 3: Over the Edge Review (Youth-Led Film Double Feature Part 2)
2 thoughts on “My Conclusion to the Youth-Led Film Double Feature!”
I liked both movies. I agree that both Rich Kids and Over the Edge deal with universal themes. I find today’s youth-oriented films a bit annoying precisely because they tend to pander to millennials — they don’t have the broader appeal of something like Stand by Me and/or Breakfast Club.
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Thanks for checking out my Double Feature, Eric! Similar to what you said about today’s youth-oriented films, I feel that a significant portion of today’s films in general don’t have what it takes to stand the test of time. One reason is how studios sometimes place more emphasis on achieving a dollar than making a quality and well-built product. I’m hoping this kind of mentality starts to change in this new decade.
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