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Week after week, more teens are finding themselves at movie theatres as a way to pass the time this summer. There are definitely a lot of movies out there that are not exactly teen appropriate, but don’t panic. Here is a list of movies I think deserve to be in the teen movie hall of fame. These are movies that not only parents will love, but that will also teach teens about themselves and who they want to be, while still having a good time with their friends. Some of these films may be a little bit risky, but bare with us parents, I’m hoping that what people learn from these movies makes up for the not so G-Rated moments. So here it is, the Top Ten Teen Movies of All Time:
10) Napoleon Dynamite (2004-PG) It’s definitely a comedy made to poke fun at the geeks that roam the halls of every high school. However, what makes this film different is that it shows the hierarchy of high school without all the seriousness. Although some of the things the main character Napoleon (Jon Heder) may do are a bit out there, we must admit, that in high school, everything is out there. It is about celebrating who we are and seeing that all of us have a little dork in us, although for some it may be very deep inside. Catch this flick if you’re looking for a good time hanging out with some friends.
9) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986-PG-13) Who wouldn’t want to be a little like Ferris in high school? It’s a story about skipping class. What’s the twist? Doing it in a Ferrari! Ferris and his friends Sloane and Cameron take the day off of school to ride around the city, looking for an adventure. Believe me, they find exactly that. By the end of the movie you’ll find yourself bonded with your friends and feeling a little Ferris in yourself. It’s one of those films that you can watch over and over again, whether you’re sick or just feel like staying in and catching a movie with your friends.
8) Grease (1978-PG) It’s story about summer love and what happens after it. Sandy and Danny never expected to see each other after their amazing summer in Australia, but when Sandy moves to the United States, they find themselves in the same high school forced to choose between their friends or each other. This is definitely a girls night movie that will bring friends closer while helping you to see how social differences really affect the decisions we make.
7) Sixteen Candles (1984-PG) It’s you’re sixteenth birthday. The boy you’re madly in love with just so happens to be the most popular boy in school, but the boy who’s madly in love with you is the school geek. You’re sister’s wedding is on the way and everyone forgets about your birthday. You must deal with crazy grandparents and a foreign exchange student named Long Duc Dong. This, in conjunction with all the craziness that is high school, creates a film about growing up and learning what it is to be a young woman.
6) Boyz N’ the Hood (1991-Not Rated) Set in South Central Los Angeles, it’s the story of three best friends in a community plagued by crime, violence, and gang warfare. There’s the school-focused Tre Styles, the football star Ricky Baker, and the dropout turned drug dealer Doughboy. It’s definitely not rated G, but what it is, is reality. This movie focuses on a life that many teenagers live. It sheds light on the issues and experiences that young teens are forced to deal with. Parents, I know it’s hard to let us teens be exposed to these type of things, but I think it’s something that we need. This movie is a reality check of what our lives could be like, a chance for us to appreciate what we have, and an opportunity to see that there is a way out.
5) Transformers (2007-PG-13) “Autobots, ROLLOUT!” (Optimus Prime, Transformers I-II) Our first car: the moment every teen waits for. Sam Witwicky couldn’t wait for the moment his dad handed him the keys to his bright yellow Camero. But what he didn’t know was that his Camero was actually an Autonomous Robotic Organism named Bumblebee or an Autobot for short. What exactly is Bumblebee doing there? Bumblebee and his fellow Autobots lead by Optimus Prime are fighting a dangerous war against the evil Decepticons, lead by Megatron. Both races are seeking a cube called the Allspark. With it, the Autobots intend to protect mankind, while the Deceptions want to destroy all humans. It’s a fun, fast movie filled with comedy, action, romance, and suspense.
4) Pay It Forward (2000-PG-13) We all have dreams. Many of us want to change the world and make a difference. What makes 12-year-old Trevor McKinney different from everyone with wants and wishes is that he succeeded. What starts out as a school project turns into a story of a boy with a simple idea that turns into something no one ever thought it would. This is a story of dreams and fighting for what you believe in, even if you have to fight alone. This is definitely a great movie to watch when you’re looking for a bit of inspiration. “When someone does you a big favour, don’t pay it back… Pay It Forward” (tagline Warner Bros© 2000)
3) Twilight (2008-PG-13) “You’re impossibly fast and strong, your skin is pale white and ice cold, your eyes change color and sometimes you speak like you’re from a different time. You never eat or drink anything; you don’t go out in the sunlight…..Vampire.” (Twilight) No teen movie list would be complete without the phenomenon that is Twilight. Bella Swan never thought anything interesting would happen to her when she decided to move to Forks, Washington to live with her Dad. In Forks, she meets Edward Cullen, a mysterious and fascinating student at her new high school. Bella realizes that Edward is without a doubt hiding something, after he saves her life from a van with his super-human strength and speed. She is determined to find out who he really is, but when she uncovers the truth, she isn’t sure she can handle it. Edward is a vampire. Any normal person would just keep away from him, but Edward and Bella have fallen passionately and irrevocably in love with each other. And so begins the forbidden relationship between the lamb and the lion. But the young lovers quickly realize that when you break the rules, there are consequences.
2) Love & Basketball (2000-PG-13) This is a story about two next-door neighbours who find themselves in love with the game of basketball and coincidentally, each other. Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps) have dreamed of playing professional basketball since they were kids. Monica has had to work hard to establish herself as a female presence, while Quincy was born into stardom. As these two fight for their dreams, they realize they must also fight for each other. Young love: a story told in every high school.
1) The Breakfast Club (1985-R) This is definitely the best movie of all time. Although it may not showcase the drinking and the parties that come with high school related films, there’s no comparison. One Saturday detention brings five unhappy teens together who are determined to prove that they are more than a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. These kids bare their souls and expose it all: the sex, drugs, abuse, suicide, the need to belong to something to feel like you’re important in high school; this movie is a tell all. After 24 years, this film remains true to the trials and tribulations of teenage life. These kids break the rules and tell lies and do all the things we wish we could do on a Saturday detention. So maybe we love it because it is the original coming of age film, or maybe we simply love it because these five teens are the kind of people we wish we could be. For one day these kids can forget who they were or who they’re “destined” to be, and instead be who they want to be without all the cover-up that is high school. ”In the end, you learn maybe we’re more alike than we realize, and that’s kind of cool.” (The Breakfast Club)
So here it is, you’re guide to teen movies that will have you talking about it for days afterward. These are the type of movies that change people’s lives and make high school worth it because moments like these with our friends are the kind of moments I think we’ll remember when we’re greying and rolling around in nursing homes. I hope that these are movies everyone will enjoy, but most of all I hope these are movies that will help you decide what kind of teen you want to be and what kind of parent you want to be.
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