Teen movies can be so predictable, on so many levels. It is the rare movie that features teenagers and their struggles that goes beyond sex and partying to present characters as fully drawn as any adult drama or comedy.
We present 13 teen movies that break stereotypes, cross over into the realm of great movies and are not merely great teen movies.
Sure, these movies can have teens partying, hooking up and generally looking for a good time. But, the characters in these 13 films also go deeper and are searching for much more than immediate self satisfaction.
Click through these 13 teen movies that break the mold and we wouldn't be surprised if by the end, you think to yourself, "I'd better go and watch Breakfast Club online!"
Besides having one of the most iconic musical scenes of all time (thank you, Peter Gabriel), Say Anything is a teen romance that treats its leads like mature individuals. And... it has John Cusack at his best.
Reese Witherspoon truly announced herself to the world in Election opposite Matthew Broderick. It stands out because it's from the brilliant mind of Alexander Payne (who went on to make Sideways and The Descendants).
You may sense a theme here, great directors getting their start making teen movies. Cameron Crowe wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High and that could explain why it's so smart, savvy... and absolutely entertaining.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is another example of how the teen movie genre can be powerful if it gives its characters something real to feel. In fact, few movies give their characters the emotional power of this film.
10 Things I Hate About You broke stereotypes left and right with its portrayal of high schoolers and their emotional rollercoasters. Perhaps because it was based on Shakespeare it could avoid teen movie potholes?!
John Hughes was a master at capturing the reality of being a teen, without ever talking down to his audience. Ferris Bueller Day's Off was good fun, but it also delved deeper into what it means to be a teen.
There is a reason that The Breakfast Club is the king of all teen movies. Sure, there are the archetypes, but that's what John Hughes wants you to see... Diving deeper, these characters are as real as movies can portray.
John Bender: Stupid, worthless, no good, goddamn, freeloading son of a bitch. Retarded, big mouth, know-it-all, asshole, jerk. You forgot ugly, lazy and disrespectful. Shut up bitch. Go fix me a turkey pot pie. No dad, what about you? Fuck you. No dad, what about you? Fuck you. Dad, what about you? Fuck you. Brian Johnson: Is that for real?