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50 iconic coming-of-age movies to spark parent-teen conversations (pg. 3)

21. Freaky Friday (2003)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Comedy, fantasy
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Lindsay Lohan, Chad Michael Murray
  • What it’s about: An overworked mother and her daughter do not get along. When they switch bodies, each is forced to adapt to the others life for one freaky Friday (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: cheating, family, family conflict, first love, friendship, high school, respect, self identity, single parenting, teen rebellion
  • Note: The original Freaky Friday (1976), rated G, stars Jodie Foster.
  • Watch Freaky Friday

22. Friday Night Lights (2004)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content, mild violence, strong profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, sport
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Tim McGraw, Lucas Black, Connie Britton
  • What it’s about: Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: community, family, friendship, high school, mentorship, parent pressure, racial discrimination, sexuality, social class differences, team sports, underage drinking
  • Watch Friday Night Lights

23. Grease (1978)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Musical, romance
  • Stars your teens may recognize: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
  • What it’s about: Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, bullying, cliques, dating, first love, gossip, high school, peer pressure, self identity, sexuality, smoking, teen pregnancy, underage drinking
  • Watch Grease

24. Hairspray (1988)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Comedy, musical
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Ricki Lake,
  • What it’s about: A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, family, friendship, interracial love, racial discrimination, self esteem, self identity, teen angst
  • Note: 2007 remake by Adam Shankman, rated PG, stars Amanda Bynes and Zac Efron.
  • Watch Hairspray

25. Hoosiers (1986)

  • Rating: PG (no sexual content, moderate violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, sport
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Gene Hackman, Dennis Hooper
  • What it’s about: A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: community, family, family conflict, high school, mentorship, overcoming the odds, parent pressure, self identity, social class differences, team sports
  • Watch Hoosiers

26. Juno (2007)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mature thematic material, moderate sexual content, strong profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Michael Cera, Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman
  • What it’s about: Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: abortion, adoption, bullying, divorce, family, family conflict, first love, high school, self identity, sexuality, teen pregnancy
  • Watch Juno

27. Karate Kid, The (1984)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, moderate violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, action
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Ralph Macchio, Elisabeth Shue
  • What it’s about: A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, bullying, compassion, first love, friendship, mentorship, morality, overcoming the odds, respect, self esteem, self identity, single parenting, social class differences, underdog
  • Watch The Karate Kid

28. Lean On Me (1989)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, moderate violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Morgan Freeman
  • What it’s about: The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: drug use, fighting, high school, juvenile delinquency, mentorship, morality, racial discrimination, respect, self identity, single parenting, social class differences, teen rebellion, teenage pregnancy
  • Watch Lean On Me

29. Lucas (1986)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, mild violence, no profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Jeremy Piven
  • What it’s about: A socially inept fourteen year old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends -- Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love -- fall for each other (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: bullying, cliques, friendship, high school, puberty, respect, self esteem, self identity, teen angst, trust, unrequited love
  • Watch Lucas

30. Mask (1985)

  • Rating: R (mild sexual content, mild violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Cher, Eric Stoltz, Sam Elliott
  • What it’s about: A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempts to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, compassion, death, drug use, family, family conflict, first love, physical differences, prejudice, self esteem, self identity
  • Watch Mask

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