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Girl Power: Will 2010 Be Remembered as the Year of the Rock-Ribbed Gal?

If you're an avid moviegoer -- or the parent of a teenage daughter -- you've no doubt noted an emerging screen archetype: The don't-mess-with-me teen hero with courage and wisdom beyond her years.

Girl Power: Will 2010 Be Remembered as the Year of the Rock-Ribbed Gal?

Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in "True Grit"
Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in "True Grit"

 If you're an avid moviegoer -- or the parent of a teenage daughter -- you've no doubt noted an emerging screen archetype: The don't-mess-with-me teen hero with courage and wisdom beyond her years.

 Think Jennifer Lawrence as Ree in Winter's Bone as the 17-year-old who ventures deep into the Ozarks heart of darkness to save the family home. Or Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in True Grit, the 14-year-old who avenges her father's death. Or Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan in Twilight: Eclipse, keeping her head as others lose theirs to werewolves and vampires. Or Emma Stone as Olive in Easy A,  the 17-year-old high-school senior who resists the sexual stereotypes of her classmates. Or Mia Wasikowska as the title character or Alice in Wonderland, resisting an arranged marriage in order to embark on her own adventures, and as Joni in The Kids Are All Right, an 18-year-old who seeks out her birth father because she knows that by better understanding her past she can better make a future. Or Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, as the invincible Hermione Granger, who knows that brains are stronger than muscle.

Both Lawrence and Stone are up for Golden Globes this weekend. Your thoughts?

Carrie Rickey Film Critic
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