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Avril Lavigne to turn Sk8ter Boi into a movie

By | Published on Tuesday 14 December 2021

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Avril Lavigne’s ‘Sk8ter Boi’ is not just a great feat of songwriting, it’s one of the great contributions to the history of storytelling. And so it makes total sense that, 20 years after it was originally released, the song is going to get turned into a full-length feature film.

It’s an age old story, of course. Boy likes girl. Girl (secretly) likes boy. Girl rejects boy because of their incompatible social groups. Boy gets famous in adulthood. Girl is pilloried for not committing to spend the rest of her life with boy when they were fifteen. Her punishment is to care for her child while knowing that he’s with Avril Lavigne now.

So, finally someone’s planning to make a movie for the incel market. Anyway, Lavigne revealed plans to make a film based on the song while discussing its upcoming 20th anniversary – it having been released in 2002 – on iHeart’s She Is The Voice podcast.

“Recently, with it being almost the 20th anniversary, a lot of people have been asking me to play this song on TV shows, so it keeps getting brought back up and people will always reference it to me”, she said. “And so, I’m actually going to turn this song into a film and take it to the next level”.

“You know what it was like in high school”, she went on. “You have all the different groups and cliques, and there’s, like, skaters, preps and jocks. It’s kind of like a missed opportunity at love. The skater boy is in love with the preppy girl and she’s too cool for him, but then five years from now she’s feeding the baby and she’s all alone and she wishes she would have followed her heart and not tried to live up to society’s expectations”.

It’s unclear whether the plan is to make a lighthearted teen comedy in the vein of ‘Mean Girls’, or a dark arthouse film about a woman filled with regret and resentment for her young child. That latter one probably directed by Lars Von Trier.

The idea of turning ‘Sk8ter Boi’ into a movie isn’t actually new. Back in 2003, Paramount Pictures hired screenwriter David Zabel (best known for his work on ‘ER’) to adapt the song into a story for the screen. It’s not clear if Lavigne’s new project has any connection to that.