The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: "Moving In and Out"
Another week on Secret life and another flurry of drama. In "Moving In and Out" it seems everyone is against Amy's decision to move in with Ricky, particularly her miserable sister Ashley. Quite frankly, why does Ashley even care?
Ashley's not exactly fond of her sister so why is she suddenly so concerned about her moving out? I'd like to believe that it's not out of jealousy, that maybe there is some real concern there, but only time will tell. Besides, it looks like Ricky and Amy are wavering on the decision anyway so that should quell everyone's discontent for a bit.
I'm fairly sure I tuned out during some parts of the show since it's turned into a major whine-fest. It's the same old drama, can't anyone actually speak their mind? Thankfully Amy finally found her voice and was able to stand up to her family. However, tonight's champ in the cajones department belongs to Adrian.
Even though her complaints are semi-ridiculous "I used to be the sexiest girl in this high school and I don't know if I am anymore" at least she's honest and funny. She's never been afraid to show who she is. And even though it was mean, she straight up owned Amy in their fight by the cars.
That's what teenage girls are really like. They are catty and competitive. Friends one minute, enemies the next.
They are not, in my opinion, like Madison who begs her boyfriend to go to church because she heard people with "the spirit in them have crazy sex." What? Where are some of these lines pulled from. I hate to be so negative, but sometimes it's all just too much.
Maybe it's because I watched Secret Life after I watched Gossip Girl tonight, but I'd like to pause and chat about all of these young marriage storylines. Regarding Secret Life, these kids need to pump the mother-effing brakes, take a beat, and evaluate. You're in high school.
I've acknowledged that this show is just a PSA with a longer script and at times it's even enjoyable and intriguing, but writers- you must inject some form of realism if you want your audience to remain invested. Yes, Secret Life has had a long run but if it doesn't shake up its stories I don't see it holding it's viewership.
Do these kids go to class? Do they worry about assignments and papers and tests? What about college? It seems like everyone is whiny about it when realistically it's an amazing privilege. High school kids play sports, are involved in clubs, go to parties, drink beers, hook up with different people (not always involving sex), they are young and exploring, not everything is a big obsessive, analytical process.
Until this show is wiling to acknowledge that teens have OTHER interests than just obsessing about sex, it's not going to be taken that seriously. Deliver a realistic message. If you want to talk about the "secret" life of teenagers then writers PLEASE talk about all aspects of that life.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: "Moving In and Out"
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