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‘Generation Wrecks’ review: Coming of age story is more than a clever title

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Generation Wrecks sounds like a coming of age story sure to be filled with sweet moments and over the top angst. Stacy Snyder (Bridget McGarry) and Liz Castillo-Campbell were best friends until the seventh grade. Stacy went on to join the popular crowd while Liz fell in with the goths. Years later, the two are brought back together after a tragic accident. 

Set in the 1990s, the movie has a very particular feel to it. The clothing and soundtrack are spot on, but what really makes it all work are the characters. Generation Wrecks focuses on a good sized group and does a great job of making sure they are all developed properly. Those who grew up in the 90s will immediately be drawn in, but even those who did not will be able to get into the film. 

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Generation Wrecks is also filled with strong performances. Of course, the archetypes are there – they are needed to give a coming of age film context. But the story does not depend on these tropes in order to succeed. Instead, the characters are able to find themselves.

High school is the same no matter what the decade. The film may place itself in one era, but it is not tied to it. This makes the film relatable to all and enables it to succeed on a grander scale. The Breakfast Club was loved even by those who were not old enough to attend high school yet. Generation Wrecks is able to tell that same all encompassing story. 

This is seen most in how the story handles topical issues of today. These topics are seen through the lens of a different decade, but are still hot button points of discussion today. These include themes of identity, grief, and religion. Generation Wrecks is able to check off all the correct coming of age story boxes while providing a film all an enjoy.

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