As households physically distance themselves across the world because of coronavirus, many of us are looking for solid movie choices to appeal to multiple generations. A good teen movie, thankfully, has the power to do just that. Of course, many of our favorite teen movies are notorious for casting people in their 20s and even 30s as high school students. The films on this list are fifteen of the best pictures that center teen narratives authentically — even if a bit dramatized at times.
The second act finds Chiron and his friend Kevin in high school, played masterfully by Ashton Sanders and then eighteen-year-old Jharrel Jerome, who auditioned for the role while a freshman at Ithaca College. Where to stream it: Netflix.
We could all use a laugh right about now. Luckily, 90s kids everywhere can rejoice at the fact that Good Burger is streaming on Netflix. In the movie, teenagers Dexter Kenan Thompson and Ed Kel Mitchell attempt to save their beloved fast food joint after a chain competitor, Mondo Burger, opens across the street. This David vs. Goliath story of corporate greed is as relevant today as it was when Kenan and Kel were teens and Sinbad dominated the box office.
After you watch it, check out this oral history of Good Burger and catch the iconic duo reunite on The Tonight Show. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of 10 Things I Hate About. This A24 comedy-drama was adored by audiences of all ages when it hit indie theaters in Where to stream it: Amazon Prime. Lindsay Lohan was eighteen when she played sixteen-year-old new girl, Cady Heron.
Sixteen years later, mean girls have not gone away, and neither has our love for this smart and hilarious take on high school bullying and clique culture. Revisit this cultural touchstone and check out these ten important lessons from Mean Girls. In The Edge of Seventeen , Hailee Steinfeld stars as Nadine, a precocious, self-absorbed teenager whose world turns upside down when her best friend starts dating her older brother.
Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams were still teenagers when they starred as fifteen-year-old best friends who take down the President of the United States. Released on the heels of the Clinton impeachment, this goofy piece of historical revision still very much holds up.
Kirsten Dunst was still in high school when she played high school senior and cheer captain, Torrance Shipman. Twenty years later, Bring It On is hailed by many as a glorious lesson on cultural theft. As the plot would suggest, this is not an easy watch. For those who are impacted by police violence, please exercise self-care. While there, she uncovers a plot to destroy the space station. Not surprisingly, the adults ignore her plea to act. Sound familiar? Watch Zenon for the climate change allegory it suddenly packs or just for the nostalgia hellooo Protozoa.
Either way, enjoy. Though scripted, this gritty skate drama stars the real-life members of the Skate Kitchen. Where to stream it: Hulu. Twenty five years before the recent Emma movie adaptation, there was another take on the iconic Jane Austen novel. Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy R. A quarter-century later, Clueless is just as fun. Anton Yelchin tragically died in at age Teen comedy-drama Charlie Bartlett was one of his most memorable roles.
The film touches on themes of mental health and addiction impacting young people. When else in movie history has a Black woman had the opportunity to build an entire universe with a Black girl at the center of it? By Alyssa Klei n. By Gabe Bergad o. By Nona Willis Aronowit z. Photography by Jacqueline Harrie t. By Akilah Hughe s. Photography by Micaiah Carte r. Keywords netflix Netflix television Bring It On mean girls moonlight movies coronavirus.
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