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  1. The Weird Girl Trope, Explained

    She's a Weird Girl, the black sheep of all female character tropes. Why do people misunderstand her, or are even scared of her? What secret powers does the weird girl have?

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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    Fight Club
    Addams Family Values
  2. Riverdale’s Veronica and the Spoiled Rich Girl

    Archie Comics’ Veronica Lodge is the classic spoiled rich girl. So what's so different about her Riverdale update? How does Veronica deal with her entitlement and reinvent herself in our "Check Your Privilege" era?

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  3. The Quiet Politics of A Quiet Place, Explained

    Was A Quiet Place meant to be political? John Krasinski said it wasn't. So why did so many people read it that way? Just in time for A Quiet Place Part II, we dig into the unexpected political life of the first movie and the messages viewers heard in its silence.

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  4. The Child Prodigy Trope, Explained

    Are child prodigies born or made? Do they deserve our envy or sympathy? And what happens when they grow up? In this video we take on the Child Prodigy trope on screen, what they represent in our culture, and why we project our dreams and disillusionment onto these wunderkinds.

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    The Royal Tenenbaums
    Magnolia
    Matilda
  5. The Matrix Reloaded, Explained - What Would Neo Do?

    What happened at the end of The Matrix Reloaded? The Wachowskis made a conscious decision to subvert the message of The Matrix -- but what does it mean, and how does it explain the movie's frenzied conclusion?

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    The Matrix
  6. Home Alone’s Secret Meaning: Adulting is Hard

    What's the secret message of Home Alone? The Macaulay Culkin movie was meant for kids and perfectly captured their fears and desires -- but it also has a deep meaning that speaks to young adults, in our era of perpetual kidulthood. Are we not all, in a sense, "home alone"?

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    Home Alone
  7. Avatar: The Last Airbender - A Water Personality, Explained

    We're taking a look at the four elements in Avatar: The Last Airbender and their symbolism. First up, Water -- what does it represent, and what's the inner soul of a Waterbender or Water Warrior? Could you be a Water Person?

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  8. Mean Girls - Janis and the Unpopular Mean Girl

    Regina George and the Plastics weren't the only Mean Girls in the movie. What about Janis? Is she a rebel working tirelessly to overthrow an oppressive dictator... or a vengeful, secret dictator herself? In this video, we take a look at how Janis embodies the Unpopular Mean Girl archetype, and the kind of high school experience that made her this way.

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  9. Saul Goodman v. Walter White - Why They Break Bad (Better Call Saul & Breaking Bad)

    Yes, we're doing an in-depth comparison of Saul Goodman and Walter White. What links the antiheroes of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, and how are they different? As Better Call Saul continues into Season 5, let's figure how just how much has changed since Breaking Bad first aired.

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    Breaking Bad
    Better Call Saul
  10. The Nice Guy Trope, Explained

    He's not like the other guys. He's a NICE guy -- but wait, is he really that nice? What's behind his sweet, romantic act? In this video, we take on the Nice Guy archetype and figure out what he represents in our world today.

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  11. BoJack Horseman Ending, Explained - Then You Keep Living

    What happened at the end of BoJack Horseman? What was the show's takeaway? In this video, we take on the show's final scene and the cultural impact of this one-of-a-kind series.

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    BoJack Horseman
  12. The Office’s Ryan - A Millennial Tragedy

    The Office's Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) was a promising millennial go-getter -- and then he became the villain of the show. What happened? In this video, we look into Ryan's unfortunate fall from grace and how it illustrates the pitfalls of the generation he's meant to represent.

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    The Office (U.S.)
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