Teens Watching Thomas Vinterberg’s Dear Wendy (2005) and Tim Hunter’s River’s Edge (1986) is shocking and elicits little sympathy from an average adult viewer. After all, how often do we hear from the media about how teen violence and crime is on the rise (is it really?) and, from the average Joe, “What’s wrong with today’s young people? When I was your age…”. The tragedies of Columbine and Virginia tech so extensively covered in the news only fuel those fears. Yet, what about teens suicide, which we don’t hear much about in the news? What about our own memories of the time when we often felt out of place, misunderstood, and very confused? The lucky ones amongst us had a support system that helped us through: a loving family that paid...The end:
.....ates the film is that no one is truly evil in this film (not even the drug dealer who is shocked by the behaviour of his teen costumers), they are something much worse – apathetic, and no one is left innocent at the end. All the kids in the two films are outcasts in one way or another. Most lack parents, and those whop do have them, lack good parents. None have any respect for authority figures and most adults in the film do not deserve that title. The kids use drugs and violence to subdue the alienation they feel. So they stick together. The kids of River’s Edge don’t report the murder but deal with it the only way the can – by sticking together. The Dandies stay together after all, by going on a suicide mission, the only way out they see.