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Today’s topic is our choice in the world outside of books. In a nod to the movie side of my blog, I’m doing my favorite teen films.
Top Ten Teen Films
1. Sixteen Candles
Two words: Jake Ryan. For you young ‘uns out there who haven’t seen this 80s gem, do yourself a favor and pick it up (do NOT watch it on TV–get the actual film). This movie follows a girl named Sam whose entire family forgets her birthday which has fallen on the eve of her sister’s wedding. This film has everything from a school dance to a wild party to a foreign exchange student named Long Duck Dong. And it has Jake Ryan. John Hughes helped define the teen genre as we know it. This one is my favorite of his films, but they are all amazing.
2. Say Anything…
Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court are two people on opposite sides of the high school food chain. After their high school graduation, Lloyd takes the chance and asks Diane out for the graduation party. The movie follows them as they fall in love the summer before Diane is to leave for college. This movie gave me some serious delusions about how men behave. I can’t even tell you how many times I watched this film in high school, but it’s an insane amount.
I was way too young the first time I saw this, but I immediately fell in love with both Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Heathers is a pitch-black comedy about a girl named Veronica who hates her trio of friends–all named Heather. When she and new boy, JD, accidentally kill the queen bee, they cover it up by making it look like a suicide–and they don’t stop there. This film is one of the first to really glorify the popular girl clique.
A remake of Jane Austen’s Emma, this film follows Cher Horowitz as she tries to set up the new girl in school and then tries to find love herself. This film is the epitome of the 90s.
5. 10 Things I Hate About You
A remake of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this films follows sisters Kat and Bianca. Cameron, new to the school and played by the adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hires bad boy Patrick, played by the adorable Heath Ledger, to take out Kat, the school’s “shrew”. The gorgeous Bianca is only allowed to date if Kat does, and Kat has little interest in boys. This is one of my favorite casts of all time.
Every time I see this film, I find something new that cracks me up. This film about two best friends at the end of their high school career who know they are going to be apart–probably for the rest of their lives–in just a few short months is hilarious and touching. Mostly hilarious.
7. Easy A
A nod to the Scarlett Letter, Easy A follows a girl named Olive who is both shocked and not surprised by the way she gets treated when she pretends to have sex with her gay friend to help him out. Emma Stone is perfection.
8. Mean Girls
The glorious Tina Fey wrote this movie based on the non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabees (which is an excellent book if you’ve never picked it up). Hilarious and insanely quotable, I love everything about this film. On Wednesdays we wear pink.
9. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
This movie is just pure fun. A young Matthew Broderick plays Ferris Bueller, a Peter Pan type who just wants to have one more truly memorial day with his best friend and girlfriend before the end of his high school career.
Based on a novel by the same name by Tom Perrotta which is easily in my top 3 books of all time. This movie version is pretty spot on in completely awesome in its own right. Dark and funny and awesome. I cannot recommend the movie or the book enough.
Well that’s all for me today. So hard to narrow it down to 10! What topic did you pick? I’m excited to see the different topics. Link me up!