Based on Melina Marchetta’s beloved teen novel, Looking for Alibrandi follows the spritely and stubborn Josie Alibrandi, an Australian-Italian 17-year-old who’s just started her final year at high school in Sydney — with all the painful crushes, unthinkable tragedy, racist and classist school bullying, and estranged family drama that comes with it.
Lady Bird is available to rent or buy on Prime Video in the UK, and stream on Netflix in the U. S.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is available to stream on Netflix. ‘Mean Girls’ is full of iconic characters and moments.
Bend it Like Beckham is available to stream on Amazon Prime in the UK and rent or buy on Prime Video in the U. S.
The Edge of Seventeen is available to stream on Netflix in the UK and rent or buy on Prime Video in the U. S.
Fish Tank is available to rent or buy on Prime Video in the UK and stream on Amazon Prime in the U. S.
There are a lot of brilliant elements in Lady Bird — the sharp, funny script, the strong performances, Lady Bird’s changing friendship with Julie (Beanie Feldstein) — but the film’s real crowning jewel is its portrayal of Lady Bird’s interactions with her mother.
Booksmart is available to stream on Amazon Prime in the UK and Hulu in the U. S. ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ takes us on a roadtrip through rural Mexico.
The characters are well-drawn and entertaining, the story is relentlessly funny, and the whole thing paints a larger-than-life picture of high school that has its roots in the weird hierarchies we all stumble through in our teenager years. — S. H.
Even as Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) grapples with time travel and giant rabbits, he’s also navigating his tricky path through high school and the world of bullies, overbearing teachers, and first love.
Moonrise Kingdom is available to rent or buy on Prime Video in the UK and the U. S. is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company.
OK, admittedly there are a number of good reasons to watch this movie — the performances from Jarvis and Fassbender are both excellent, for instance, and the story told is an important (if dark) one — but Fish Tank’s writer/director is what really makes this sing.
Donnie Darko is available to watch on Prime Video in the UK and IMDb TV in the U. S.
Eighth Grade is available to stream on NOW TV in the UK, and Amazon Prime in the U. S.
It’s not always an easy watch, and to go into specifics would be veering into spoiler territory — but suffice it to say, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a very moving film that sensitively handles a number of disturbing subject matters.
Based on Jenny Han’s novels, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and its delightful sequel follow the teen dreams and dramas of our girl Lara Jean Covey, a big-time romantic, who once wrote extremely sweet and very embarrassing love letters to every single boy she doth crushed upon.
This is England is available to stream on Channel 4 in the UK and Amazon Prime in the U. S.
Looking for Alibrandi is available to rent/buy through Apple TV in Australia. 15-year-old Mia (Katie Jarvis) lives on a London council estate with her single mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), and has dreams of becoming a dancer.
Particularly in the hands of Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson as her jaded teacher/sounding board, so many lines that could be caustic or cringey reach new heights of dark and distressed comedy gold. Hayden Szeto will steal your heart as Erwin, a boy at school crushing on Nadine, and you’ll root for the two of them and for Nadine and her best friend to pull things back, if only a little, from the edge. — P. K.
George Lopez and America Ferrera in ‘Real Women Have Curves. 18-year-old Ana (America Ferrera) dreams of college, but her mother Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros) wants her to go to work at the family textile factory and start earning.
While the film’s premise is fairly straightforward, what The Edge of Seventeen has that no other movie can match is director Kelly Fremon Craig’s impeccably sharp script.
Brick is available to rent or buy on Prime Video in the U. S.
Call Me By Your Name is available to rent or buy on Prime Video in the UK and the U. S.
Moonlight is available to rent or buy on Prime Video in the UK and the U. S.
Girlhood is available to stream on Amazon Prime in the UK and the U. S.
There are plenty of familiar teen movie elements here — teenagers trying to reinvent themselves; a hectic night out; two best friends learning more about each other through a shared journey — but there’s enough originality to make the movie feel fresh.
The storyline is incredibly original, the characters are full of colourful mystery, and every frame is infused with the kind of wonder you associate with children discovering the world’s secrets for the first time.
We follow Chihiro on a strangely nostalgic journey of discovery, mystery, and first love, moving through a world that’s far more complex than simple ideas of good and evil.
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