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50 iconic coming-of-age movies to spark parent-teen conversations (pg. 2)

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11. Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content, mild violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Peter Facinelli
  • What it’s about: Multi-character teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: cliques, first love, high school graduation, popularity, self esteem, sexuality, teen angst, underage drinking, unrequited love
  • Watch Can’t Hardly Wait

12. Clueless (1995)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, no profanity, no violence. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Actors your teens may recognize: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison
  • What it’s about: A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way (IMDB). Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma.
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, cliques, dating, driving, family, family conflict, first love, friendship, high school, homosexuality, popularity, self identity, sexuality, single parenting, stepfamilies
  • Watch Clueless

13. Cooley High (1975)

  • Rating: PG
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Starts your teen may recognize: Glynn Turman, Garrett Morris
  • What it’s about: In the mid-1960's, a group of high school friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago enjoy life to the fullest...parties, hanging out, meeting new friends. Then life changes for two of the guys when they meet a pair of career criminals and get falsely arrested in connection with stealing a Cadillac. We follow their lives through the end of high school and the dramatic end to their school year (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: friendship, high school, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, racial discrimination, sexuality, social class differences, teen rebellion, teen angst
  • Watch Cooley High

14. Dead Poets Society (1989)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Actors your teens may recognize: Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles
  • What it’s about: English teacher John Keating inspires his students to a love of poetry and to seize the day (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: compassion, family conflict, first love, friendship, high school, mentorship, morality, parent pressure, peer pressure, respect, self esteem, self identity, suicide, teen angst, trust
  • Watch Dead Poets Society

15. Dirty Dancing (1987)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, musical, romance
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey
  • What it’s about: Spending the summer in a holiday camp with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor Johnny Castle (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: abortion, body image, compassion, family, family conflict, first love, friendship, parent pressure, respect, self esteem, self identity, sexuality, sibling rivalry, social class differences, trust
  • Watch Dirty Dancing

16. Easy-A (2010)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content, mild violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Lisa Kudrow
  • What it’s about: A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: cliques, drug use, family conflict, first love, friendship, gossip, high school, homosexuality, peer pressure, popularity, religion, self identity, sexuality, teen angst, underage drinking
  • Watch Easy-A

17. Emperor’s Club, The (2002)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content. Details)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Jesse Eisenberg, Kevin Kline
  • What it’s about: An idealistic prep school teacher attempts to redeem an incorrigible student (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: cheating, family conflict, friendship, high school, mentorship, morality, teen angst, teen rebellion, underage smoking
  • Watch The Emperor’s Club

18. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, mild violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, comedy
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Grey
  • What it’s about: A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: cliques, driving, drug use, friendship, high school, parent pressure, popularity, respect, self esteem, sibling rivalry, teen angst, teen rebellion, truancy, trust
  • Watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off

19. Flipped (2010)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Anthony Edwards
  • What it’s about: Two eighth-graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites. Based on the novel "Flipped" by Wendelin Van Draanen (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: dating, family conflict, first love, friendship, middle school, popularity, teen angst, unrequited love
  • Watch Flipped

20. Footloose (1984)

  • Rating: PG (moderate sexual content, moderate violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, musical, romance
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Kevin Bacon, Sara Jessica Parker
  • What it’s about: A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to discuss: dating, death, family, family conflict, fighting, friendship, morality, parent pressure, prom, religion, respect, sexuality, teen angst, teen rebellion, trust, underage drinking
  • Note: 2011 remake is rated PG-13. Stars Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald.
  • Watch Footloose

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