Growing up is tough, but fun to watch!
Let’s face it, growing up sucks. But it sucks for everyone! So we have a special place in our hearts for classic coming of age flicks. So whether you’re living in an over priced apartment with 4 other flatmates or dwelling in your dream gaff, this list of coming of age movies is for you. Perfect for reminiscing about all the cringey things you used to do! And probably still do if we’re honest.
Saoirse Ronan’s Golden Globe winning portrayal of a rebellious teen trying desperately to be herself despite the wishes of her mother and teachers is something we probably all experienced in secondary school. Lady Bird may be the most recent of the movies on the list but it can be said it made the biggest impact. With director Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan both being nominated for an Oscar in best director (one of the 5 women in 90 years) and best actress, you know it’s going to be good. Do yourself a favour and go see it.
Sing Street perfectly portrays what it was like to grow up in Dublin in the ’80s, we imagine. The actors are all Irish teens which makes it all the more authentic. The movie is hilarious, emotional and gives us all the feels. Bonus points for it’s original soundtrack – it’s incredible. You’ll be humming the tracks for days.
The Kings Of Summer
Two teenage boys and a strange kid decide that they will move away from their dysfunctional parents and build a house in the woods. And we mean come on, who wouldn’t love to do that at least once? Although living off the land and sleeping on the hard ground doesn’t actually seem too appealing. The cinematography is beautiful and the comedy is perfect. This is for everyone who dreams of an adventure and getting away from work and doing the dishes. So everyone then!
Now And Then
We don’t know why this didn’t win an Oscar tbh. It’s a horrifically underrated ’90s flick about four best pals growing up in middle America some time in the late ’60s. It’s often called the female Stand By Me, and with good reason. We may or may not have watched this countless times at sleep-overs over the years and yet it’s never lost it’s charm. Throw in a stellar cast (Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Christina Ricci) and you have yourself a perfect movie.
Stand By Me
Arguably the most famous on our list, Stand By Me is a total classic for a reason. Adapted from a Stephen King short story, it tells the tale of four friends off in search of a dead body. Way less gruesome then it sounds, it perfectly encapsulates the fleeting friendships that mean the world to you when you’re 12 and that you remember for the rest of your life. One we watch at least twice a year.