Oddball Films brings you Teen Dreams and Puberty Nightmares, a star-studded night of vintage films full of those awkward, horrible, and occasionally musical moments that afflict the youth of any era. The show-stopper of the night, Junior High School (1978) is a hilariously awkward musicalamity featuring a 16 year-old Paula Abdul and a cast of gangly teens and preteens singing and dancing about the “Itty Bitty Titty Committee”, wearing a cup in gym class and having a boy-girl party. It is one part toe-tapper, one part gut-cringer and all magic! Di$ney has the all the answers for the growing girl with the dreamily animated The Story of Menstruation (1945). For the guys, actor Ken Howard has all the Facts for Boys (1980) when he talks about wet dreams with three young men on an unsupervised camping trip (with a killer soundtrack). Real teens talk about their dalliances with substance abuse in the classroom primer aimed at preteens, Drugs: First Decision (1978). Watch out for fast moving boys and the emotional and genital sores they may leave in The Innocent Party (1959). A teenaged Michael Jackson sings “We don’t have to change at all” in a musical number from Free to be You…And Me (1974). With teen trailers, vintage commercials, a dash of Degrassi Junior High and an aerobic workout with every girl’s favorite doll and a 13 year-old Jennifer Love Hewitt in an excerpt from The B@rbie Workout (1993). This program with have you laughing, singing, cringing and thanking your lucky stars those days are behind you!
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