The Ultimate Teen Movie High School Clique

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The Leader
The Leader
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Someone's got to be in charge and let's just say that when it comes to teen movies, it always seems like the girls have much better organizational skills than the boys. That often comes with a price, though, since take-charge types like Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls and Katie Chang in The Bling Ring weren't exactly the nicest people in the world. So, the vote goes for Alicia Silverstone's Cher Horowitz from Clueless, who could put on a killer fundraiser and orchestrate people's love lives at the same time. For balance, if Cher were to have a male co-chair, it would have to be Matthew Broderick's Ferris Bueller, who doesn't really plan but does come up with some great, spur-of-the-moment ideas.
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The Unassuming, Slightly Emo Guy
The Unassuming, Slightly Emo Guy
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Since most male screenwriters were this person during their teen years, there are a lot of main characters in teen romances that fit this category. From John Cusack's philosophical Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything… to Logan Lerman's earnest, pained freshman in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, they're the good guys that tend to get overlooked, but are usually great to have as friends. For our money, we'll take Michael Cera… the question is, which one? While he's great in both Juno and Superbad, we'll opt for his sensitive guitar player in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
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The Jock
The Jock
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For a long while, the athlete was portrayed as little more than a dumb bully... until Emilio Estevez in The Breakfast Club showed that there's a lot going on underneath the muscle. Chris Klein was doing double-duty as a singing lacrosse player in American Pie, well before High School Musical and Glee made it chic. But in Lucas, Estevez's little brother Charlie Sheen played a star quarterback who liked smart girls and didn't like bullies. That's a jock we can hang with.
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The Geek
The Geek
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This might be the hardest one to narrow down because there have been so many characters that have gotten a lot of good laughs out of being socially awkward. When you peel layers away, however, two jump to the front: Anthony Michael Hall's Farmer Ted in Sixteen Candles and Christopher Mintz-Plasse's McLovin from Superbad. They each had reserves of self-confidence for no real reason and knew how to party. It's a toss-up, but we'll take McLovin since he's cool with the cops.
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The Wastoid
The Wastoid
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By and large, there isn't always a lot to these guys, as they wander in to say something comical and then wander away again, like Rory Cochrane in Dazed and Confused. Occasionally, they have more gravitas (and less chemical dependence) like Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club or Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. If it were merely a matter of looks, Ledger's pool hall-inhabiting tough guy with a heart of gold would win, but we're going back to the original: Sean Penn's Jeff Spiccoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High made made being a stoned surfer seem like a wise lifestyle choice.
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The Smart Girl
The Smart Girl
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This could also be called the Emma Stone category, since the actress was so good at playing this type in Superbad and Easy A. While Aubrey Plaza in The To Do List, Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate, and Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls all had their own take on the stereotype, we want Emma Watson. Not the cool girl from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but Harry Potter's pal Hermione. Smart is good, but magic is better.
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The Obnoxious Friend
The Obnoxious Friend
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There's always that one person that you hang out with and you're not sure why. There's a variety of types like the pompous Curtis Armstrong in Risky Business, the meddling Chris Marquette in The Girl Next Door, the intoxicated Ari Graynor in Nick and Norah's or the insecure Jonah Hill in Superbad. They're rarely actually helpful and they think that they're smarter than they are, plus they often insist upon dishing out advice. If we've got to have someone obnoxious around, we'll go for the unadulterated Stifler (Seann William Scott) in American Pie. Sure, he's kind of a pain but he does have money and we hear that his mom isn't bad looking.
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The Besties
The Besties
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Every group has to have some members whose main purpose is to be supportive and have other people's backs. Think along the lines of Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Penn in Footloose, who were both sounding boards for the leads and willing to help out in a fight. Either of them along with Leelee Sobieski in Never Been Kissed, Eliza Dushku in Bring It On, Olivia Thirlby in Juno, and Jon Cryer in Pretty in Pink can be part of our crew any time.

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