Teen Movies You Should Probably Have Seen By Now
How many of these films can you check off your ‘Have Seen’ list? If it’s less than eight, you’ve got some serious homework to be getting on with.
Ever feel a bit lost when everybody starts quoting funny lines from films? People will just trail off for what seems like hours and you’re just left smiling and nodding. Not to worry, because with this list of classic teen films be sure you’ll never be left behind again. Best watched with a hangover under a duvet, preferably with pizza.
Romeo + Juliet
Romeo + Juliet enraged Shakespeare purists as equally as it excited a generation of teenage enthusiasts, likely due to its Hollywood line up and Prince riddled soundtrack. Labeled as ‘Shakespeare for generation MTV’, Romeo + Juliet is a throwback extravaganza, a blast of pop culture bred with olde English that reads part chick flick tragedy part modern masterpiece.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Never has bunking off school been done with as much style and panache as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Taking Chicago by storm in a stolen car with girlfriend and best friend in tow, the trio make any day you’ve cried off sick look limp in comparison. An eighties classic, this film will only make you wish you were as cool as Bueller.
The Virgin Suicides
Sofia Coppola in her early directing finest, The Virgin Suicides is far from a feel good teen flick. Based around the story of a group of teenage sisters from a strictly religious family, The Virgin Suicides is a chiller with pop appeal in the form of a curtained hairstyle Josh Hartnett and baby faced Kirsten Dunst.
Bend It Like Beckham
Here to prove that British cinema isn’t entirely incapable of creating teen films, Bend It Like Beckham is a criminally underrated comedy of culture, gender, ethnicity and Keira Knightley with terrible hair. Peep for a tasty young Jonathon Rhys Meyers and celebrity cameos that would only make sense in England.
The first time I watched this I fell off a sofa from laughing too hard. The classic tale of losers trying to get laid before high school graduation gets a new shake up in Superbad, where young and hilarious Jonah Hill and Michael Cera test their friendship for one last time before college, encountering bent cops, drunk girls and very dodgy fake I.Ds en route.
10 Things I Hate About You
Shakespeare had no idea that his plays would translate so well to teen audiences. Based on his most misogynistic comedy, ‘The Taming of The Shrew’, 10 Things I Hate About You is a pre Batman airing of an incredibly good looking Heath Ledger and an incredibly junior Joseph Gordon Levitt. A real 90s heart warmer, worth watching for the pumped up ska soundtrack that accompanies.
The most charming film about dealing with teen pregnancy ever, Juno is a terribly unromantic romance film that’s more realistic than you’d expect. Not all lovey dovey as you’d expect, this is candy coloured bite of teen realism that MTV’s own Farrah should take notes from.
Putting two Leo films in this list feels a little like cheating, but nothing encapsulates the 90s teen dream than a shirtless di Caprio. Nothing will make you want to throw a change of clothes into a backpack and go travelling than this love letter to beach life and 90s rave music. A bit of a hit and miss in the popularity stakes, The Beach is a celebration of hedonism and a warning of excess, if anything else.
Now celebrating its tenth year, Mean Girls was the first teen comedy to be properly embraced by the internet, making it one of the defining films of Generation Y. With this in mind, WHY HAVEN’T YOU SEEN IT!? You go Glen Coco, What’s your wig made out of Janice, On Wednesday’s we wear pink!? So. Many. Quotes. Catch this before all of its references become only relevant to people born before 1995.
Another example of something regarded as traditional being put through the washing machine and coming out covered in Hollywood glitter. Clueless is a super girly take down of clique life, with Alicia Silverstone taking the lead as a power suit wearing it girl who has much to learn about match making. Taken from Jane Austen’s original chick lit novel ‘Emma’, Clueless is an infinitely more fun version.
By Tamara Roper