January 14: In Sony Pictures’ Girl, Interrupted, Winona Ryder stars as a teen who’s institutionalized for two years after a half-serious suicide attempt involving 50 aspirin. Ingenue Angelina Jolie supports.
Q1: Imagine Entertainment and Universal’s Beyond the Mat plumbs the depths of real-life wrestling in one of the few docs likely to draw teen eyeballs this year.
* Trimark’s latest coming-of-age pic Skipped Parts stars Drew Barrymore and Brad Renfro in a tale about a 14-year-old boy’s banishment to Wyoming to live with his young irresponsible mom.
* Mischief Films’ Jail Bait stars two highly contrasting characters at Port Washington High: the star athlete and the star, um…nympho. (Go team!)
Feburary 11: In Fox’s The Beach, Leonardo DiCaprio finds a map to a modern-day Eden called The Beach, but is instead hurtled into the heart of darkness. I hate when that happens. . .
February 25: Miramax’s ultra-hip Hamlet is set in modern-day Manhattan and stars Ethan Hawke and Julia Stiles, among other teen heartthrobs.
Q2: Matt Damon plays a dispossessed Texas teenager who moseys down to Mexico on horseback with dreams of becoming a cowboy in Sony Pictures’ All The Pretty Horses. Henry Thomas co-stars as Damon’s sidekick.
Summer: Helmed by director/screenwriter Amy Heckerling (Clueless), Sony Pictures’ Loser is a college comedy starring Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Mena Sulvari (American Beauty). Nerdy outsider Biggs falls for Sulvari, who leaves her manipulative older lover (played by Greg Kinnear).
Q4: Good Machine’s Don’t Blink, co-written by Dawson’s Creek star Michelle Williams, weaves a tale of three young women who take work in a Nevada brothel for quick money.
* Texas Rangers is a teen-friendly Miramax western starring James Van Der Beek, Dylan McDermott and Rachel Leigh Cook.
* Michelle Williams and Eddie Cibrian (Living Out Loud) play cheerleaders who are romantically involved in But I’m A Cheerleader, picked up by Fine Line from Ignite Entertainment.
* Cruel Intentions’ Ryan Phillippe will topline MGM’s Anti-Trust, a Silicon Valley-based thriller about a young cybertech dealing with a ruthless boss.
* Warner Bros.’ Emily’s Song is a LeAnn Rimes vehicle about an estranged father and daughter who reunite through their music.