Of course the rebellion of the Beat Girl is far tamer than that of Kidulthood kids; but it is relative. Beat Girl was cut to get an X (18) certificate and, as far as I can tell, it was the cut version that got a 12 in 1998. The most obviously ‘cuttable’ sequence is an extraordinarily libidinous stripper’s dance – it would be interesting to know what got cut for that to stay in. It’s likely that teen pics date more quickly than other genres, but at least here the teens to get a voice; there are poignant monologues about being brought up during World War II. However, as is standard, the rebellion of the beat girl is recouped at the end.
In Kidulthood, the rebellion is a lifestyle; except it’s not rebelling against anything. A girl swaps sex for money to buy fashionable clothes. The ending doesn’t offer a comfortable resolution but
Alisa does decide to have her baby. That’s what’s called ‘growing up’ and teen pics are always about growing up to become adults.