Coming-of-age movies or what we call teen movies have always been about the young-adults finding their way in this messed up world and many of these movies were quite successful because the young audience can relate to them. But there are also many teen movies that went under the radar or were looked at as not so good and that’s why we here at CinemaBlind decided to make a list consisting of only teen movies that we think deserve a second chance from you.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: What’s a 16-year-old boy doing playing music and table tennis with adult psychiatric patients — on a school day? It’s kind of a funny story…”It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” adapted from Ned Vizzini’s 2006 novel of the same name, is the new comedy-drama from acclaimed writer/directors Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden. It’s @5:00 AM on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner (played by Keir Gilchrist of “United States of Tara”) is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic; this bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents (Lauren Graham [of “Parenthood”] and Jim Gaffigan [of “Away We Go”]) and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital and is admitted by a psychiatrist. But the youth ward is temporarily closed — so he finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby (Zach Galifianakis of “The Hangover”), soon becomes both Craig’s mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old displaced to the adult ward, the sensitive Noelle (Emma Roberts of the upcoming “Scream 4′), who just might make him forget his longtime unrequited crush Nia (Zoë Kravitz of the upcoming “X-Men: First Class”). With a minimum five days’ stay imposed on him by the adult ward’s staff psychiatrist Dr. Eden Minerva (Academy Award nominee Viola Davis), Craig is sustained by friendships on both the inside and the outside as he learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.
The Kings of Summer (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: THE KINGS OF SUMMER is a unique coming-of-age comedy about three teenage friends — Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and the eccentric and unpredictable Biaggio (Moises Arias) – who, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land. Free from their parents’ rules, their idyllic summer quickly becomes a test of friendship as each boy learns to appreciate the fact that family – whether it is the one you’re born into or the one you create — is something you can’t run away from.
Submarine (Rent on Prime Video & Tubi)
Synopsis: Based on the successful debut novel by Joe Dunthorne, SUBMARINE is the comic coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Oliver Tate. In his head, he’s a cool literary genius. In reality, he’s socially inept and unpopular. Richard Ayoade has been championed by Ben Stiller and is starring in the ensemble comedy NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH which will star Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and Jonah Hill.
The Edge of Seventeen (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: The Edge of Seventeen is a new coming-of-age movie in the vein of Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club – an honest, candid, often hilarious look at what it’s like to grow up as a young woman in today’s modern world. Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine’s well-meaning but completely ineffective mother, and Woody Harrelson as Nadine’s History teacher, mentor and reluctant sounding board.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spends time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be. The film is directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon with a screenplay by Jesse Andrews, based on his novel of the same name. The film also stars Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, and Jon Bernthal. The film is produced by Steven Rales, Dan Fogelman, and Jeremy Dawson. The filmmaking team includes director of photography Chung-hoon Chung, production designer Gerald Sullivan, set decorator Diana Stoughton, editor David Trachtenberg, and costume designer Jennifer Eve.
Attack the Block (Prime Video & Hulu)
Synopsis: From the producers of Shaun of the Dead, ATTACK THE BLOCK is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen street gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing project into a sci-fi battleground, the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege. And it turns a crazy mix of tough street kids into a team of kick ass heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space and it’s going to explode.
Jennifer’s Body (Max)
Synopsis: Sexy temptress Megan Fox is hotter than hell as Jennifer, a gorgeous, seductive cheerleader who takes evil to a whole new level after she’s possessed by a sinister demon. Steamy action and gore galore ensue as the male student body succumbs to Jennifer’s insatiable appetite for human flesh. Now it’s up to her best friend (Amanda Seyfried) to stop Jennifer’s reign of terror before it’s too late!
Synopsis: Told from a wildly original, fresh, and modern perspective, Booksmart is an unfiltered comedy about high school best friends and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of our times, the film is a coming-of-age story for a new generation.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Peacock)
Synopsis: Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny, and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
Blockers (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: From the producers who brought you Neighbors and This Is the End, comes the outrageous comedy: Blockers. When three parents (John Cena, Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz) stumble upon their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom, they launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens from sealing the deal.
Everybody Wants Some!! (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: In 1980s Texas, college athlete Jake Bradford moves into the communal house of his baseball team. The roommates soon begin to navigate the ups and downs of growing up unsupervised.
Eighth Grade (Max)
Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year—before she begins high school.
Synopsis: A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in DOPE, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the SAT. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
Big Time Adolescence (Hulu)
Synopsis: A seemingly bright and mostly innocent 16-year-old named Mo (Griffin Gluck) attempts to navigate high school under the guidance of his best friend Zeke (Pete Davidson), an unmotivated-yet-charismatic college dropout. Although Zeke genuinely cares about Mo, things start to go awry as he teaches Mo nontraditional life lessons in drug dealing, partying, and dating. Meanwhile, Mo’s well-meaning dad (Jon Cryer) tries to step in and take back the reins of his son’s upbringing. Working from his own sharp script, director Jason Orley has created an all-too-real look at what it’s like to be a teenager today. He’s supported by his strong cast, including Emily Arlook, Colson Baker (aka “Machine Gun Kelly”), Thomas Barbusca, Oona Laurence, and Sydney Sweeney. The result is a fresh coming-of-age tale that’s still familiar in all the right ways.
Sing Street (The CW & Freevee)
Synopsis: In 1980s Dublin, 14-year-old Conor is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and über-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. Calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group dedicates their time to writing lyrics and shooting videos