A few years ago I was going through a bit of a Sum 41 phase. As I was surfing the internet for Sum 41 related stuff, I came across the image to the left. Sum 41 had been on King of the Hill and it had some kind of God theme. Interest piqued.
After a bit of searching, I found the episode in question – Reborn To Be Wild. If you’re a youth leader, you really should get your hands on a copy of this episode. Watch it with other youth leaders. The discussions you’ll have afterward will be invaluable.
From an adult perspective, sometimes trying to talk to a teenager is like trying to pull teeth – dificult, tedious and painful. I’ve watched many adults try to talk to some teenagers. It’s not uncommon to watch the adult back away with fear and confusion saying that they just don’t know how to communicate with teenagers. And it’s not because there’s nothing going on inside that adolescent brain. More often than not that teenager is more clued in than anyone gives them credit for.
Take a look at the kids on the street. No they never miss a beat.
Starring Zac Efron and Matthew Perry
This movie should be bad. It has an overused plot (character magically changes ages because life would be better if they were young/old), the latest teen heart throb (High School Musical’s Zac Efron), and a need to seriously suspend all kinds of logic to make the plot work. And in the opening scene, it looks like all our fears are going to be realised. Efron is playing basketball with his shirt off, then joins the cheerleaders in a bit of gratuitous dancing. Yay for fan service. But I’m not a pre teen girl, so my eyes are rolling.
Yet somehow, the makers of 17 Again take all of these limitations and take what by all rights should be an awful movie and make it fun and enjoyable. Yeah, I didn’t see that one coming either.