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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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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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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 Good Place, Ending Explained - What Happens After?

After all its twists and turns, The Good Place ends by returning to its original question: what happens after we die? In this video, we figure out where Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) all end up, and how a show about the afterlife is in fact about what we do here on earth.

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Why 1917 is More Than a One-Shot Gimmick

Sam Mendes' 1917 is made to look like one continuous shot -- without being gimmicky. How did they do it, and why did they choose to do it? The one-shot exercise is a showcase of technical excellence, but more importantly it creates a sense of immersiveness, a potent emotional effect that brings us back to the trenches, allowing us to imagine the reality of being in that horrific war.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ending Explained

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie) has a wild ending that suggests movies can right historical wrongs. Why did Quentin do what he did? In this video, we take on how the movie's surprise ending gets at the essential stories we tell ourselves.

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The Evolution of Harley Quinn - Birds of Prey

Where did Harley Quinn come from? In this video, we take on the fascinating and colorful history that led up to the Margot Robbie super anti-heroine in Birds of Prey, and figure out why she matters for the future of female heroes.

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