"Life doesn’t give you bumpers”: a coming or going of age in Juno and Boyhood

Rudd, David ORCID: 0000-0002-2602-3732 (2019) "Life doesn’t give you bumpers”: a coming or going of age in Juno and Boyhood. Quarterly Review of Film and Video. ISSN 1543-5326 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article examines two twenty-first century films, Juno (2007) and Boyhood (2014), arguing that they are refreshingly different from most previous “coming of age” movies in the way that they avoid the usual clichés associated with such films. Whereas many earlier movies tend to make a single event the turning point in young characters’ lives, these two films deliberately wrong-foot the audience by steering round such predictable scenarios, and give a more credible depiction of characters in their ongoing dealing with the comings and goings of age, whether they are young or old. It is suggested that the films achieve this both in terms of their content and also in their structure, seeking to prioritize the fabula over the sjuzhet. They also have endings that are more “feminine,” avoiding the traditional, climactic male ending.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Quarterly Review of Film and Video on December 18th 2019 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10509208.2019.1701346
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coming of age; Children’s film; YA movies; fabula; sjuzhet; Richard Linklater; Jason Reitman
Divisions: Bolton School of the Arts > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 09:51
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 09:51
Identification Number: 10.1080/10509208.2019.1701346
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2688

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