Of course, much has changed since then in the lives of teens, and \"Skins\" is pleased to catalog their ramped-up cavorting and angst. But this show may not be quite as representative of modern life as it would have you believe. For one thing, it's an exercise in very select sampling.
Who cares A sexy, no-apologies slice of contemporary teen life, \"Skins\" is fun to watch. It's a sassy, gritty tour through teenage wasteland. And it manages to find surprises in the familiar litany of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
It's even won a reverse salute from the Parents Television Council, which on Thursday blasted MTV for marketing the show to a teenage audience (who else would it be marketed to) and declared, \"'Skins' may well be the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen.\"
Like the original, the U.S. \"Skins\" stars a troupe of fresh faces, many of them first-time actors who the show boasts are all actually teenagers. They are excellent, and despite their reliable beauty (even the nerd is fashion-model scruffy), they smack of human authenticity, rather than stereotypes.
Such are the dramatic ups and downs of adolescence, \"Skins\" tells you. But as it charts them, the show needn't be mistaken for realism. Instead, it's a well-imagined dreamscape where adults are secondary, where for better or worse teens are in charge.
When watching the students in the high school attended by Rue, one wants to ask: Where are all the over-scheduled kids juggling extracurricular activities, college prep classes and after-school jobs You know, the things most teens really do today.
For example, in \"The Importance Of Condoms,\" a parody of drug commercials, a teen is seen promoting a product called \"Unprotected Sex.\" He uses phrases like \"all glove, no love\" and \"raw-dogging\" (sex without a condom). And when it comes time to list the product's side effects HIV and \"Baby Mama Drama,\" among others.
The heroine of \"Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.\" is Chantel, a teenager who doesn't want to be just another kid on the inner-city path to nowhere. She's proud of her intelligence, earns the highest grades in her calculus class - although this would be more credible if we saw her doing homework - and can't wait to attend medical school and become a doctor.
But her ambitions run into problems, and while many are caused or heightened by the hardships of her environment, others are brought on by nobody but herself. She has an \"attitude,\" as she and her friends would say, that leads her to disrespectful behavior and rude outbursts in school. Her friends are far less serious about life and work than she is, and distract her constantly. And sex is a frequent temptation - despite her awareness of the dangers it poses and the dead-end future that a teen-age pregna ncy is likely to bring. 59ce067264