Stef’s Team Pick: “Teenage Bedrooms On Screen” Will Be Your New Favorite Thing

In the time-honored tradition of teen movies, kids’ bedrooms are a great place for movies to explain the kind of person the character is without saying a word. Are their shelves immaculately decorated, with everything perfectly in its place, or are there clothes all over the floor and piles of unattended homework covering the desk? Is the room brightly lit and adorned with girly pink fixtures, or moody, sparse and dimly lit? Are the walls plastered with ripped-up magazine collages, posters of current pop stars, metal bands, pot leaves, puppies, horses, photos of friends or strangely vaginal art? Is the kid in question a musician, a painter, a writer, an athlete or just kind of a lone weirdo? The kid’s bedroom is not only a great way to develop the character, it’s also a time capsule to the exact period the film is set in.

This Tumblr “Teenage Bedrooms on Screen” celebrates the genre with an extensive collection of bedrooms from tons of classic movies and TV shows, and it’s amazing how many little details jump out at you when you least expect them:

Daria's room is literally a padded cell.

Daria’s room is literally a padded cell.

Olive's room in Easy A

Olive’s room in Easy A is almost literally a pocket full of sunshine, and now it’s stuck in your head too.

This scene from Scream

During the scene in Scream when Billy is asking Sid why she won’t have sex with him, he’s standing in front of an Indigo Girls poster?

The girls in The Craft spending a quiet evening in Sarah's room, watching "Wheel of Fortune."

The girls in The Craft spending a quiet evening in Sarah’s room, watching “Wheel of Fortune.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Cavemen.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Cavemen.

Earnest overachiever and best damn tapper Amber Atkins' room in Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Earnest overachiever and best damn tapper Amber Atkins’ room in Drop Dead Gorgeous.

What movie is this, where Scarlett Johansson is supposedly a fan of P.O.D. and Kid Rock?!

What movie is this, where Scarlett Johansson is supposedly a fan of P.O.D. and Kid Rock?!

Julie's room in Jawbreaker sucks because Julie sucks, and Courtney's room is amazing because Courtney Shane was amazing. Vylette's room, meh.

Julie’s room in Jawbreaker sucked because Julie sucked, and Courtney’s room was amazing because Courtney was amazing.

Angela Chase won an award for being special.

Angela Chase won an award for being special.

Probably solid advice.

Probably solid advice.

I don't remember whether this bedroom in Editorial Assistant Chelsey's favourite movie Jennifer's Body belongs to Megan Fox or Amanda Seyfried, but either way it's filled with framed portraits of Megan Fox.

I don’t remember whether this bedroom in Editorial Assistant Chelsey’s favourite movie Jennifer’s Body belongs to Megan Fox or Amanda Seyfried, but either way it’s filled with framed portraits of Megan Fox.

Jackie's room looks juuuust about how you'd expect it to.

Jackie’s room looks juuuust about how you’d expect it to, framed photo of Kelso and all.

HIIII NANCY! HIIII URSULA! What's the story, morning glory?! What's the word, hummingbird?? Did you hear about Evan Rachel Wood and Stef?!?!?!!?

HIIII NANCY! HIIII URSULA! What’s the story, morning glory?! What’s the word, hummingbird?? Did you hear about Evan Rachel Wood and Stef?!?!?!!?

I have now spent several hours perusing this Tumblr and learning its secrets, and I encourage you to do the same. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be rearranging my Nine Inch Nails poster to better accommodate my blue Christmas lights, like a normal 31-year-old adult.

Stef Schwartz is a founding member and the self-appointed Vapid Fluff Editor at Autostraddle.com. She currently resides in New York City, where she spends her days writing songs nobody will ever hear and her nights telling much more successful musicians what to do. Follow her on twitter and/or instagram.

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19 Comments

  1. i just need them to tell me which movie the stills are from so i can be a complete human via watching them all as soon as they become available on netflix or amazon prime or hbogo is that too much to ask?

    • Yes, can someone who knows how to Tumblr please get in touch with this Tumblee and ask them to do just that? My aging brain is desperate to relive my youth through some of these films, and I just can’t remember what they are.

    • to expound: In the scene depicted above, Jennifer Check is getting ready for prom. There are makeup accouterments scattered along her vanity, as she is lathering herself with foundation due to her lack of recent male-feeding. The picture of her on the vanity is strange, but thematically significant, as the camera pans from her beautiful pre-demon picture to her sickly looking demon face as she readies herself for the dance and to eat her best friend’s boyfriend. What a dame.

      I have no explanation for the horses on the shelf, although they are hilarious. Possibly Jennifer attended Stef’s bat mitzvah and those were her party favors.

  2. “Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be rearranging my Nine Inch Nails poster to better accommodate my blue Christmas lights, like a normal 31-year-old adult.”

    This 29-year-old adult has three sets of fairy lights, rabbit posters and stuffed unicorn toys in their room. 😀

  3. I legit remember nothing about that movie where Scarlett Johansson is supposedly a fan of P.O.D and Kid Rock, but Scarlett Johansson.
    There maybe have been some spiders and a mine with methane, but I can’t be sure.

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