CHAPTER 16
Antagonizing the Protagonists:
Parents and Teachers in Films about Schools
Leah Wright
Screenshot 16.1, Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus and Bart Johnson as Coach Jack Bolton in
High School Musical (2006).
Introduction
Vibrating chairs, high quality animation, and surround sounds
are just a few of the techniques Hollywood has embraced in order to
thin the line between television screens and reality. Although
Hollywood has had much development over the years, there is still one
thing special effects will never be able to do: accurately portray
characters as they appear in real life rather than relying on stereotypes
of characters roles to push forward plot development. As our culture
continues to drift toward diminishing stereotypes, Hollywood typically
follows and appears to be rather progressive; Hollywood has put forth
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