Hello My Lovelies!
As you may know, I’m a bit of a film buff , watching everything from horror flicks (see my previous post here) to Disney and kid classics, along with some pretty rubbish B-Movie’s too.
Teen movies hold a special place in my heart, earning a slow clap for the nostalgia, drama and angst that comes off the screen. Along with some pretty good looking main characters to swoon over, I mean who didn’t have a crush on Freddie Prinze Jr? (and yes, I still do). We learn how navigate high school through these movies, following the stereotypical portrayals, while wishing so hard to be that a special someone who turns the popular guys head (it never happened, talk about unrealistic expectations!)
There will never be a shortage of teen movies, and everyone has their favourites, but here are my top picks!
The Breakfast Club
Considered the Granddaddy of all teen movies, this classic spawned the actor’s group The Brat Pack. The movie centres on a mix of kids being in Saturday detention (what kind of horror?!) and just trying to get through high school. There’s pot smoking, stuck up princesses and some awkward arguments curtesy of the Bender family, as well as a basket case who is far too relatable. This movie sends the message about the pressures teens face, I love this angst-ridden movie with a fantastic 80’s soundtrack.
A teen movie with a twist, and a very young Elijah Wood and Josh Hartnett. Another mix of a group of high school kids figuring out life and what they want out of it, but they are also trying to save the world from Body-Snatchers-type invasion. What more could you want? A message to follow your individuality and not to conform, as well as a young Usher, and some creepy aliens all make this a great movie.
10 Things I Hate About You
Everyone loves this movie, we all laughed when dad in said: “you’re 18, you don’t know what you want and when you do, you’ll be too old to use it!” – all true. A modernisation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, bad boy Heath Ledger gets paid to take out Julia Styles, so the popular kid can date and bed her sister (ick). Funny sing song on the football field, this is one of my favourite movies, with my all-time favourite party scene, as well as a cute Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a good love interest.
Bring It On
A brilliant movie that will make you want to take up cheerleading! Kirsten Dunst plays a fantastically naive captain of the Torro’s, while Gabrielle Union is a tough talking Clovers leader, the rival cheerleaders (yes, that’s a thing). The catching tunes and even has bad girl Eliza Dushku (of Buffy fame) dancing and joining the Torro’s! Some serious face-shapes being thrown in this movie that will have you laughing.
Probably one of my favourite movies, Ellen Paige is a brilliant Juno, smart, emotionally raw and fantastically sarcastic. Juno gets her ‘eggo preggo’ with her best friend Bleaker (Michael Cera). The movie follows her decision to put the baby up for an adoption to Jennifer Gardner and Jason Bateman’s man-child character. Another fabulous soundtrack from The Mouldy Peaches, this movie is full of emotions and brilliantly sarcastic humour. Another favourite quote is from this movie “the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.” Again, true.
Another teen pregnancy movie, starring Jena Malone and Mandy Moore, with Macaulay Culkin’s only teen movie appearance too (he’s pretty brilliant). This one centre’s around religion and how people are ‘saving’ others from non-conformity. Jena Malone takes a great character from most popular group to high school pariah, learning new things. Mandy Moore is a great popular snob using religion as a weapon, misguidedly. A fun movie that is surprisingly un-offensive considering the topic.
A Cinderella Story
Nothing says teen movie like Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. A great re-telling of the classic Cinderella tale, including the stunning dress! Talking through email (what?) they don’t know each other, but can be themselves and fall in love. (because that would happen) Another good soundtrack though, mainly Hilary Duff’s debut album.
The Plastic’s show what every high school had, a bunch of pretty girls acting much older than they were. Lindsey Lohan’s character aims to bring them down but ends up getting sucked into their ‘fetch’ world. Also, a now-classic Jingle Bells scene is hugely popular for some reason…
She’s All That
The ultimate teen movie with a star-studded cast from the 90’s, including Freddie Prinze Jr (swoon), Rachel Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Gabrielle Union and the late, great Paul Walker. Turning the school ‘freak’ into the Prom Queen, while going to parties, throwing up, performance art shows and unrealistic back garden swimming pools. A total classic and a very sweet ending.
There are so much more that I love to watch, American Pie (all of them… including Band Camp and the Naked Mile), The Princess Diaries (be still my heart, Anne Hathaway) and the tear jerker A Walk to Remember with Mandy Moore and Shane West. But I don’t want to bore you!
Was your favourite on my list? What’s your all-time favourite teen movie to angst out to?
Until next time lovely readers!