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50 iconic coming-of-age movies to spark parent-teen conversations (pg. 4)

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31. Mean Girls (2004)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content, moderate violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert
  • What it’s about: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: betrayal, bullying, cliques, compassion, friendship, gossip, high school, homeschooling, homosexuality, honesty, peer pressure, popularity, self esteem, self identity, sexuality, trust, underage drinking
  • Watch Mean Girls

32. My Bodyguard (1980)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, moderate violence, moderate profanity)
  • Genre: Drama, comedy
  • Stars your teen my recognize: Matt Dillon, Adam Baldwin, Joan Cusack
  • What it’s about: When a boy comes to a new school and gets harassed by a bully, he acquires the services of the school's most feared kid as a bodyguard (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, bullying, cliques, friendship, high school, overcoming the odds, respect, self esteem, self identity, underdog
  • Watch My Bodyguard

33. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, no profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Jon Heder, Tina Majorino, Haylie Duff
  • What it’s about: A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to discuss: body image, bullying, cliques, dating, family, family conflict, first love, friendship, high school, popularity, rejection, underdog
  • Watch Napoleon Dynamite

34. Never Been Kissed (1999)

  • Rating: PG-13 (moderate sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen my recognize: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan
  • What it’s about: A journalist enrolls in her old high school as part of her research for a story (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, bullying, cliques, first kiss, first love, high school, popularity, prom, respect, self esteem, self identity, sexuality, teen angst, trust, underdog
  • Watch Never Been Kissed

35. Outsiders, The (1983)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, intense violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars your teens may recognize: Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise
  • What it’s about: When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: cliques, family, family conflict, fighting, friendship, gangs, juvenile delinquency, runaway, self identity, social class differences, teen angst, teen rebellion, trust
  • Watch The Outsiders

36. Perks of Being a Wallflower, The (2012)

  • Rating: PG-13 (Moderate sexual content, mild violence, moderate profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, romance
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh
  • What it’s about: An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: body image, bullying, child abuse, driving, drug use, family conflict, first love, friendship, high school, homosexuality, self esteem, self identity, sexuality, suicide, unrequited love
  • Watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower

37. Pretty in Pink (1986)

  • Rating: PG-13 (Mild sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer, James Spader
  • What it’s about: A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: alcoholism, body image, cliques, dating, first love, friendship, high school, prom, respect, self esteem, self identity, sexuality, single parenting, social class differences, unrequited love
  • Watch Pretty in Pink

38. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, moderate violence, no profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, romance
  • Stars your teen may recognize: James Dean, Natalie Wood
  • What it’s about: A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: driving, family, family conflict, fighting, first love, friendship, juvenile delinquency, peer pressure, self identity, social class differences, teen rebellion
  • Watch Rebel Without a Cause

39. Remember the Titans (2000)

  • Rating: PG (mild sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Drama, sport
  • Stars your teen my recognize: Denzel Washington, Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling
  • What it’s about: The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: friendship, homosexuality, mentorship, overcoming the odds, racial discrimination, respect, team sports, teamwork, trust, underdog
  • Watch Remember the Titans

40. Say Anything (1989)

  • Rating: PG-13 (mild sexual content, mild violence, mild profanity. Details)
  • Genre: Romantic comedy
  • Stars your teen may recognize: John Cusack, Lili Taylor
  • What it’s about: A noble underachiever and a beautiful valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes off to college (IMDB).
  • Teen themes to talk about: dating, family, first love, graduation, high school, self esteem, self identity, social class differences, unrequited love
  • Watch Say Anything

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