Compare The Representation Of Teenage Girls In The Films ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ And ‘Mean Girls’

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Compare the representation of teenage girls in the films ‘Bend it like Beckham’ and ‘Mean girls’
Bend it like Beckham was released in 2002 and was directed by Gurinder Chauda. The main parts of Jess and Jules are played by Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightly. Gurinder Chauda has also directed ‘Angus thongs and perfect snogging’, ‘Bhaji on a beach’ and ‘What’s cooking?’ They are all light hearted chick flicks as well as all British films. Mean girls was released in 2004 and was directed by Mark Walters. He has also directed films such as ‘Freaky Friday’, ‘Just like heaven’ and ‘Head over heels’. The main part in mean girls ‘Cady’ is played by Lindsay Lohan, she has also starred in another ...view middle of the document...

A good way of showing this is in the scene where they take Cady to ‘the back building’. They take her to ‘the back building’ and at first Cady does ask “Won’t we get in some sort of trouble for this” However when Janis replies “Why would we get you into trouble? Were your friends” Cady says to herself “I know it’s wrong to skip class, but Janis said we were friends. And I was in no position to pass up friends”. This shows that Cady feels that friends are more important to her at the beginning of the film than her education. She also purposely starts to fail in maths so that she can get the attention of the boy ‘Aaron Samuels’ she has a crush on. Again showing her personal/social life is more important to her than her education. Now looking at Bend it like Beckham Jessminder also wants something, but what she wants is completely different. She wants to play and become a professional footballer, this becomes increasingly difficult for her to do as her family have such strong beliefs in their religion and culture. Even with all of these barriers against her including her family and especially her mum not wanting her to continue playing the sport, she still finds a way to practice with a team, in the hope that she will make it professionally.
Mis en scene is used in films for when a director wants to give the impression of the characters situation without using speech. For example in Mean girls in one of the canteen scences the camera is moved aggressively around the tables, this is to try and make the statement of the tables being far apart. The director also leaves Cady standing in this scene because they want to show a discomfort when a teenager doesn’t know where to sit and are afraid of sitting with the wrong clique. I feel it also shows her as an outsider and how harsh kids of this age can be. The things used in Mis en scene are the set design, this is used to amplify characters emotions or the dominate mood of the film for example if a character is unhappy the background could be dark or raining to show this mood without using dialogue. To promote depth, proximity, size, proportions of the places depth is used and objects in a film can be manipulated through camera placement and lenses, lighting and set design....

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