Butt-kicking teen queens in movies
By Myriam Gabriel-Pollock
Forget those boy-obsessed, giggling teen girls [insert eye roll]. Underestimate these young ladies, with their well-placed arrows and wands and throat chops, and you'd be in a world of hurt. They're too busy taking names and kickin' butt to worry about their hair and their makeup, although they still look right awesome when the enemy has been vanquished.
With strong female characters like Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games," Merida from "Brave" and Hermione Granger from the "Harry Potter" series, a new standard for teen movie queens has arrived, and not a moment too soon.
Who wants to be rescued? Not these no-nonsense young ladies. This is a new era, one where the old "damsel in distress" scenario has grown tired. We don't want to see the fair maiden in peril, waiting in despair for her noble prince to rescue her from some wicked fate. We want her to take matters into her own hands and annihilate the bad guys, blow up the castle and get the heck outta there, without waiting for Prince What's-His-Name.
(Lionsgate/Open Road Films/Focus Features)