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Know Your Evil Movie Teens

We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay’s critically acclaimed indie drama, expands into a (somewhat) wider release this weekend, and if you live in one of those ever-elusive “select cities,” it’s worth checking out; it’s a tough, frightening picture that gets into your head, and it features not only the by-now-expected brilliant (if overlooked by the Academy) performance by Tilda Swinton, but a bravura turn by Ezra Miller as the title character. He plays Swinton’s son, a teen boy with, um, some problems. We’ll leave at that, in case you haven’t yet had the exact nature of his wickedness spoiled for you yet; suffice it to say, he’s a bad kid, which got us wondering how he’d stack up in the rich history of evil cinematic teenagers (and pre-teens). After the jump, we’ll take a look (with some spoilers of years-old movies, so consider yourself warned).

Johnny Lawrence, The Karate Kid
IN A NUTSHELL: Blonde, blue-eyed bully.
CRIMES: Irredeemable smugness; beating the hell out of new students at every opportunity; willingness to “sweep the leg.”
EVIL RATING: 3. Sure, Johnny makes poor Daniel LaRusso’s life a living hell, but he seems to derive much of his evil strength from his Cobra Kai duds and the influence of Kreese. Real evil teens are made of stronger stuff than this.

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