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Kids These Days: Teens From Movies & TV Keep Missing The Reference

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    As time goes on, more and more pop culture references will be lost on young people. You might find yourself trying to explain the plot intricacies of 10 Things I Hate About You to your teenage cousin. Or, maybe a young person you follow on Twitter is wondering just who, exactly, is Urkel? With no I Love the '90s to educate them, it might fall to you.

    But as these TV and film clips prove, young people spacing on their elders' references is nothing new. Sometimes, they even space on tidbits from their more worldly peers. But remember to have patience if you encounter a real uninformed adolescent. You explained Vanilla Ice to your parents. Maybe some day, if you ask nicely, your niece might explain Jaden Smith to you.


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    School of Rock (2003)
    There are now, more than ever, scores of children who may never get the Led out.

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    Freaky Friday, (2003)
    Technically, the mother is the one missing the Stones' reference, but she is in a teenage body. Just a technicality.

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    Monster-in-Law, (2005)
    In which Jane Fonda does what we all imagine doing when a pop star proves they were asleep during history class. And possibly all the other classes, too.

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    Zombieland, (2009)
    Double demerits Breslin — if you're going to skip your history assignments, at least fill your time with some classic comedy.

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    Mean Girls, (2004)
    This is what happens when you're home schooled — you miss out on important TRL intel.