Why 'Fan Girl' Will Be So #Relatable For Teens & Twentysomethings Today
Fan girls run the entertainment world, and clearly, ABC Family understands that. If you've ever wondered what goes on in the head of a "crazed" fan girl, tune into the channel tonight to watch 15-year-old Kiernan Shipka say farewell to Mad Men and hello to selfie sticks as she stars alongside Meg Ryan and pop-punk bands in the teen comedy Fan Girl. The movie follows teen Tellulah Farrow (Shipka) as she forms a plan to create a movie for her school's film competition about All Time Low, her favorite band, and already, it seems like Fan Girl will be so relatable to all those who've ever experienced an obsession with music and the desire to share it with the world.
Fan Girl premiered back in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival as an independent teen comedy, and when I came across the movie's ABC Family premiere announcement, the excitement was unreal. There've been films about all sorts of teen fads, but there's yet to be a movie about what is probably one of the most defining "movements" of this generation's teens: the fan girl movement. It's like a new, modern take on Disney Channel's Stuck in the Suburbs from back in the day (with Danielle Pannabaker and Brenda Song — are you having major feels yet?), but starring a Mad Men actress and one of the most popular pop-punk bands of the late 2010s. What more could anyone ask for?
If done right, this movie could become another teen cult clasic. As a fan girl myself of everyone from the likes of One Direction to Justin Bieber, there are a few things that I can think of that will make this movie the most relatable teen film since Mean Girls . Based off of clips and trailers, here's what's gonna make Fan Girl stand out:
It's About A Real Band – No Fiction!
While we all like a little bit of make believe, characters and situations are always more relatable when they include or are based off of real people in our society. All Time Low is one of the biggest names in pop-punk and has a large, distinct fan base who will not only be able to connect with Tellulah's love for the band, but also enjoy the music (like the ATL single "Something's Gotta Give") throughout the movie.
The Lingo Is On Point
If there is anything unique to the fan girl world, it is the lingo. From the outside looking in, it can sound very absurd, but common phrases like "throw up", "bye cold world", "ship", and "they're my OTP" are just a part of a fan girl's everyday vocabulary.
It's An Insider's Look
The movie is through the eyes of a fan girl, rather than an observer or an outsider looking in through a magnifying glass, scrutinizing fan girls for their obsessive tendencies and passionate feelings toward their favorite bands or acts. This should make the film come off as approachable, rather than offensive and demeaning.
It Has Current Trends
The importance of social media and how much it has become a part of our culture is evidently at the forefront of this movie's plot. It's good to know that the makers of this film understand the relevance of things like Twitter and Tumblr in a fan girl's interaction with her stars.
It's A Fan Girl's Dream Come True
Let's be real, what fan girl wouldn't want to meet her favorite band and film a movie about them?
Fan Girl, I'm rooting for you! Here's hoping the film shows people what it really means to be a fan girl today.
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