The Best Teen Movies Of All Time
The Best Teen Movies Of All Time
The DUFF is a fun new comedy that is hitting theatres this weekend. Based on the popular YA novel by Kody Keplinger, the film stars Parenthood’s Mae Whitman as Bianca, a high school senior who learns from her former childhood best friend Wesley (Robbie Amell) that the rest of her classmates secretly known her as her group’s “DUFF” – designated ugly fat friend.
This information shatters Bianca’s world. Facing her new reality, Bianca dumps her friends and enlists Wesley to help her shed her label… In a way, it seems that Bianca is staging her very own She’s All That moment.
In honour of The DUFF, we thought we’d flashback to some of our favourite high school-themed movies.
She’s All That (1999)
We’re not entirely sure what happened in 1999 but we will be forever grateful. It was the year that brought us a ton of cult teen flicks like 10 Things I Hate About You, American Pie and Cruel Intentions, but in honour of The DUFF, our choice is going to be She’s All That. There’s just something special between this movie and the one starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr. It’s where a jock makes a bet than he can turn an “unattractive” girl into the school’s prom queen. It gave us that She’s All That moment where the girl makes her entrance in a stunning red dress and slow motion.
Easy A (2010)
The snappy dialogue in The DUFF is very reminiscent of another high school movie we all love, Easy A. In the film, Olive (Emma Stone) lies about losing her virginity and then decides to use her newfound reputation to advance her social standing and add some funds to her bank account. We just spaced and realized that this movie came out almost five years ago. Can you believe that? Actually, no…because Amanda Bynes hasn’t been the same since.
Mean Girls (2004)
Speaking of actresses who haven’t been the same since…Mean Girls is another one our favourites. After being homeschooled by her parents in Africa, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) finally gets to experience public school when her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois (but it’s totally Toronto, right?). Cady quickly learns about the cruel laws of popularity by a group dubbed “The Plastics.” Like in The DUFF, there are hilarious “adult” supporting characters that kept us laughing.
When it comes to snappy dialogue and before the boat load of teen flicks from ’99, there was one ‘90s high school movie to rule them all: Clueless. Alicia Silverstone played the rich and popular Cher Horowitz who spent her days matchmaking star-crossed teachers and helped out new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) fit in with her new SoCal clique. Once Tai become more popular than Cher, she set her sights on Cher’s annoying stepbrother Josh (Paul Rudd) – the one match Cher was dead set against making because she would soon realize that she was in love with Josh. Can you believe it’ll be almost 20 years since Clueless was released?
The Breakfast Club (1985)
While we feel that Clueless helped pave the way for a lot of teen films that followed, there’s still one coming-of-age film that has been influence more than just one generation and will continue to do so as John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club will return to theatres as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy star as five high school students from different walks of life—a princess, jock, criminal, nerd and basket case—who are forced to spend Saturday detention together.