1 Post A Day Challenge – ENTRY #23

In a recent job interview, I talked about how I wanted to write for movies in the future. It actually amazes me how much I learn about myself after these interviews. Sometimes, I even shock myself. Anyway, I told the interviewer that I wanted to do coming-of-age films. I love teen flicks because they are generally feel good movies especially if they’re mainstream. Some are really cliche but it never fails to entertain and sometimes even inspire.

Here are my 5 Favorite Coming-Of-Age/Teen Flicks:

1. The Breakfast Club

I saw this movie on cable back in high school. I think this movie was the mother of all teen flicks, at least the ones made after I was born. It’s about five students who got into detention. These five represent the high school stereotypes: The Jock (Emilio Estevez), The Brain/Geek (Anthony Michael Hall), The Criminal (Judd Nelson), The Princess (Molly Ringwald), and The Kook (Ally Sheedy). They all spent a whole Saturday together and learned that they may not be so different from each other after all. Teen angst brought them together and they called themselves, The Breakfast Club.

2. Juno

“Thundercats are go!”

Juno MacGuff and Paulie Bleeker is love. This movie was written by Diablo Cody (very cool name!) about teenage pregnancy. Typically in movies the cheerleader gets knocked up by the football star but in this movie the characters are a little bit different. Quirky Juno gets pregnant with her best friend the dorky (but totally awesome) Paulie Bleeker after a “chair incident”. Juno plans to abort the baby but then decides to just put it up for adoption. It’s a refreshing movie with a lot of funny one liners and dialogues. The story also rings true to a lot of people. Here’s some quotable quotes from the movie:

Juno to the Lorings: “You should’ve gone to China, you know, ’cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much just put them in those t-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events.”

Juno’s Dad on Love: “Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, 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.”  

3. Almost Famous

“I am a golden god!”

This movie was about William Miller a teenager who got the chance to come on tour with the up and coming rock band: Still Water and write an article for the Rolling Stones magazine. Will is a smart kid with a very strict and sometimes controlling mother. He sets out on a journey to learn not only about the band but about love and life. Zoe Deschannel was in this movie as Will’s big sister. 🙂

4. Detroit Rock City

Mrs. Bruce: You know what Kiss stands for, don’t you? ‘Knights In Satan’s Service!’

Initially, I only wanted to see this movie because I had a crush on Edward Furlong but after seeing the movie it’s actually a good one. It’s about four high school friends who wanted to see KISS live in concert. They won tickets for it in a contest on the radio but they lost it so they had to find another way to get it. They had to face angry moms protesting and accusing KISS as a work of the devil, strip for it, and wrestle some bad ass bullies along the way.

5. Coach Carter

“l came to coach basketball players, and you became students. l came to teach boys, and you became men.”

This is also one of my favorite sports movies. Coach Carter is a very inspiring story about how Coach Carter helped the student athletes that they are students first before they are athletes. He made them realize that there is more to life than basketball and that it is important for them to graduate and possibly go to college. Coach Carter does have unorthodox ways of teaching so he sort of raised controversy in the school. One of the famous dialogues was the one by Timo Cruz, he said:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Here’s a bonus movie: Not Another Teen Movie

Random student at prom: “Who would’ve guessed that everyone in school was a professional dancer?” :))

One of the funniest spoof movies. Ever. It basically sums up all the cliches you could ever imagine from teen flicks. I found it very funny and entertaining because I’ve seen most of the movies they spoofed. My favorites scenes were the spoof of the breakfast club with Mitch and his friends. The teacher who was in the original Breakfast Club reprised his role and it was hilarious. Jamie Pressley’s locker room scene was also funny and the black dude was also… Whack! :))