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Teen Movie Precedents

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Despite a toothy cast and quotable lines like ”Cancel my subscription because I am so over your issues,” The WB’s Popular has yet to earn its title. Perhaps it’s because the dis-and-tell high school saga borrows so heavily from its teen-flick forebears. Check out these double takes. — Brian M. Raftery

TEEN MOVIE

GREASE (1978) At a makeover-intensive slumber party, a catty group of girls dismiss famously bland starlet Sandra Dee.

LITTLE DARLINGS (1980) Two girls at summer camp compete to see who will be the first to prove she can get a guy into bed.

HEATHERS (1989) A group of well-dressed cliquers torments a hefty girl; a pop hit infiltrates the school (Big Fun’s ”Teenage Suicide (Don’t Do It)”).

AMERICAN PIE (1999) A uniform-clad lacrosse player (Chris Klein) ditches a big game just in time to perform with a school music group.

VARSITY BLUES (1999) A portly, boisterous student (Ron Lester) plays sidekick to the jock-ular in crowd of his Texas high school.

‘POPULAR’

— At a makeover-intensive slumber party, a catty group of girls discuss famously blond starlet Gwyneth Paltrow.

— Two girls from opposing social camps compete to see who will be the first to prove she can get a guy to commit.

— A gaggle of well-tressed cheerleaders torments a hefty girl; a pop hit infiltrates the school (Loli-Pop’s ”Be My Petting Zoo”).

— A uniform-clad football player (Bryce Johnson) ditches practice just in time to audition for a school musical.

— A portly, boisterous student (Ron Lester) plays sidekick to the jock-ular in crowd of his swanky suburban high school.

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