At first glance, it looks and sounds deceptively like one of those slick, exasperating clothing commercials--you know, the ones where with-it teen-agers make "real" talk while modeling an expensive line of jeans?
But keep watching. RKO's newest "Changing Family" special, "Teen Times," airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on KHJ-TV Channel 9, is a subtle, compassionate and informative look at one of life's most trying times: adolescence.
"La Bamba" star Lou Diamond Phillips hosts the program and "Cosby" kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner makes a guest appearance, but most of this well-crafted hour belongs to a slew of inner-city, Valley and Westside teens, talking about themselves and their concerns: peer pressure, friendship, faith, parents, drugs, AIDS and sex.
With patience and delicacy, Gail Choice (producer, writer and director) uses the camera to reveal the individuals behind their chameleon-like veneers and self-conscious bravado.