By Kendall Pritchard
Relationships are a big part of the average high school student’s life — constantly on their minds and their televisions.
But when the real-life experiences don’t match the Hollywood images, students are set up for disappointment.
Before entering high school, teenagers begin to form ideas of what they hope to find in a relationship.
“I just want a guy who is handsome, funny, has a great personality and is a follower of Christ, which is hard to find,” freshman Chandler Sells said.
Many girls begin settling in high school, as they realize they will never find that all-around perfect guy they grew up hoping for.
Guys looking for a relationship soon come to realize they are dealing with impractical standards from girls.
Questions like, “What should I buy them?” and “Where should I take them on a date?” run through a high school boy’s head.
Many Hollywood blockbusters glamorize the idea of a high school relationships into something seemingly unrealistic, but in the end, all it hurts is the teenagers and their relationships.
In 2006, Disney introduced a love story involving two high school students, “High School Musical.” The movie shows two students on opposite sides of the high school social scene: Gabriella, who excels in science and math, and Troy, who excels on the basketball court.
In their relationship, they go through ups and downs and face many barriers, but everything always seems to come up roses and rainbows. Unfortunately, Disney always depicts a perfect ending.
“It’s our job to filter through these movies and decide what has influence on us,” senior Eddie Wilson said. “We shouldn’t believe everything we see, even though there are some stupid people that do.”
In addition to portraying improbable relationships, Disney and other big motion picture companies fail to address the idea of a same-sex relationships.
Most Disney movies display a “Prince Charming” character and an “everything will end up perfect” motto.
“In the movies, there was such a thing as Prince Charming and everything works out perfectly, which isn’t always the case,” sophomore Katie Murrish said.
Not only has Disney introduced the topic of unrealistic perfect relationships, but Summit Entertainment has joined the bandwagon.
The phenomenon “Twilight” displays a fictional love story.
“I don’t see Twilight as being realistic. If the guy is hot of course I’ll fall in love with their looks instantly, but it’s all about personality [in the long run],” said Murrish, who is currently enrolled in a chemistry class.
The contrast between talking to a freshman girl about relationships and a senior guy is substantially different.
You see many innocent freshman girls coming into high school with an idea of a relationship that Disney and Summit Entertainment gave them.
Instead of portraying impractical standards, these movies need to show what high school relationships actually deal with. Insecurities, jealousy, hectic schedules, homework, preparing for college and working a part time job.
“I think that if having a relationship becomes a chore, then it isn’t worth it,” Wilson said. “Relationships should be fun. If it’s too much to handle, it’s probably time to just rethink things.”