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The Secret Life Of The American Teenager

Here’s the scoop on this addictive show: After losing her virginity to Ricky Underwood at band camp, Amy Juergens discovers that she's pregnant. As Amy deals with her family life and struggles to come to terms with her pregnancy, she turns to her friends, Lauren and Madison, for comfort. Meanwhile, Grace Bowman, the most popular girl at school, promises her parents she won’t have sex until she’s married.


Basically, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager deals with the consequences of a teenage girl's unexpected pregnancy. It addresses the various ways that teens think about and cope with sex (including abstinence and promiscuity), pregnancy and parenthood. The themes that this show explores can be controversial, but they provide a good foundation for discussing them you’re your parents and friends.




The Cast

  • Shailene Woodley plays Amy Juergens, a 16-year-old sophomore in high school who plays the French horn. At a summer band camp, Amy has a one-night-stand with Ricky and gets pregnant. After returning to school, she starts dating Ben Boykewich.
  • Molly Ringwald plays Anne Juergens, Amy’s mom. She’s supportive of Amy but feels Amy needs to understand the responsibility of teen parenthood and should not rely on her parents to raise her baby for her.
  • Mark Derwin plays George Juergens, Amy’s dad. He owns a furniture store.
  • India Eisley plays Ashley Juergens, Amy's 14-year-old sister. Ashley is sarcastic, dresses in a vintage style, cares little about what others think of her, has no friends and is a bit of a know-it-all. Ashley speaks in a monotone. She’s the first in the family to learn of Amy's pregnancy and supports her sister, convincing Amy to keep the baby. Eventually, Ashley gets to name her newborn nephew (she picks the name John). And, after seeing her sister go through childbirth, Ashley vows to delay having sex.
  • Kenny Baumann plays Ben Boykewich, a kind-hearted 16 year-old sophomore who plays the cymbals in the school band. He is also Amy’s devoted boyfriend who plans to marry Amy and help her raise her baby.
  • Daren Kagasoff plays Ricky Underwood, a 17-year-old junior with a troubled past and emotional issues who has the reputation of the school "bad boy." He is also the father of Amy's baby.
  • Francia Raisa plays Adrian Lee, a 16-year-old majorette with a reputation for being easy.
  • Megan Park plays Grace Bowman, a perky and sweet 16-year-old sophomore. Grace is Grant High's head cheerleader who pledges to wait to have sex again until marriage.
  • Greg Finley II plays Jack Pappas, a 17-year-old junior on the football team who’s crazy about Grace.
  • Jorge Pallo plays Marc Molina, the new guidance counselor at Ulysses Grant High School.



Messages

The Secret Life Of The American Teenager revolves around issues of teen sex, pregnancy and parenthood, which are complicated and controversial. It does so in a heartfelt, thoughtful way, introducing a variety of perspectives about teen sexual behavior and looking at how teens' choices impact both themselves and others.




Role Models

The characters in the show are very realistic and all of them have problems and make bad choices from time to time, just like real teens. The good thing is that the show explores the consequences of making those bad decisions, and overall most of the characters mean well more than they don't.


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AlphaT posted in Movies:
Hello and welcome to the first installment of my new series "Alpha Reviews". Whenever I see a new movie, I'll write a review of it here. Don't worry, the first part of the review will be spoiler free, and I'll make sure to give a warning when I talk more about the specifics of the movie.  Today I'll be looking at Roland Emmerich's sequel to (arguably) his greatest work, Independence Day. His original alien disaster film came out in 1996, and while it wasn't a major hit with the critics, it trounced the box office by raking in more money than any other film of that year. Over the past two decades, love for the movie has only grown, and it's now seen as the ultimate popcorn movie.  So how did the sequel hold up? Well...it's not easy to tell. On the one hand, there are some things that this movie did really well. On the other, this movie had moments that I absolutely hated. This is such a hard movie to crituique. Not because there's nothing to critique, but because there's so much right and wrong in the movie that making a final call on it is hard to do.  For one, the story is serviceable. I can buy pretty much everything that they're saying. While there are a few obvious plot holes, impeccable writing isn't what you expect from ID.  The characters vary from the fun and interesting to the idiotic and annoying. Jeff Goldblum does a great job here, and so does Bill Pullman and William Fitchener. As for the new characters? Not so much. The (arguably) two main characters are played by discount Chris Hemsworth (Liam Hemsworth), and discount Micheal B. Jordan (Jessie Usher). Neither give a stunning performance. And my goodness, there is one character in this movie who is so stereotypical and unrealistic, that it literally made me facepalm when I saw it. You'll know who I'm talking about if you've seen the movie. But, the movie is set up so that everyone gets a healthy slice of screen time, so it's okay.  The action is phenomenal, but kind of unoriginal. The first real action scene we have is the destruction of London. Know what it looks exactly like? The destruction of Paris in 2012. Know who directed 2012? Roland Emmerich. Now, I'm one of the few who enjoyed that movie, so I'm fine with it. And most of the other scenes do have a more original feel to them. But, this guy doesn't stop at copying his own movies. There's an action scene where they're on the moon, it looks exactly like Prometheus. I guess I can forgive some of this, but come on, really?  The nostalgia was WAY off the charts. I count this as a category for review because it's what old movie sequels do now. Some do it at the right amount, some don't do it enough, and some...like this film...do it all the time. Almost everything is recycled from the past movie, and there so many callbacks that it's hard to remember them all. But I will give it credit, some of them had me laughing. But, some of them made we want to scream "You're not even trying!" in the theater.  All in all? I'd say that you need to see this movie if you had any enjoyment out of the first one. But, just know that this has a lot more nonsense to put up with, even though it does give much of the entertainment value of the first one in return. I can't guarantee that you won't be disappointed, but if you go into it expecting a mix of good and bad, you'll be glad to see the good parts of a true classic film on the big screen once again.  That's it here. What were your thoughts on the movie? Who do you think gave the best performance? What did you want to see more of? Post what you think about Independence Day: Resurgence below. 
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