We were all teens once and many people couldn't wait to grow out the teen years and I was one of them. I find that the teen years were one of the most difficult because we are dealing with so many things from cliques to bullying, having fun to having melt downs. Our minds and bodies are undergoing huge changes and we want our independence but we still cry for our moms when we have a boo boo. So this week, it is all about teen angst and teens are full of it....in so many ways. Head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the other film nuts have chosen. Here are my 3....
1. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE-1955
I mean this is the teen angst film of all teen angst films. You have devil may care James Dean brooding, moody and so hubba hubba who is angry at his parents who just don't understand who he is. You have a young, beautiful Natalie Wood who is the gal of the resident hunk but is drawn to Mr. Moody and you have a very young Sal Mineo as the geek who is picked on but is taken under the wing by Mr. Moody. These kids all like to live on the edge by drag racing and playing a game of chicken( deadly chicken and no it isn't a cheesy radioactive chicken from the 50's). Brilliant film about misunderstood youth.
2. MY BODYGUARD-1980
I love this film and watched many times and would love to see it again. It is all about a young teen who is constantly bullied by kids at his school. He decides to hire a bodyguard, a fellow student that everyone is scared of. You get to see who these kids truly are with the help of the bullied kid's grandmom played by the wonderful Ruth Gordon. This is a gem of a film about bullying, strength, fear and friendship. This film really resonated with me and one I could relate to.
3. SIXTEEN CANDLES-1985
One has to have a John Hughes film in here somewhere and I chose this one which stars Molly Ringworm..um, I mean Ringwald who plays the girl turning 16 but her family not noticing. Her bigger sister is getting married, all the relatives are coming in and staying over kicking her out of her bedroom and this poor gal just wants someone to realize she is turning the big 1-6. On top of it all, her parents have a foreign exchange student living with them who ends up wrecking their car and passed out on the front lawn. She has a dorky nerd who thinks sex 24/7 and she has a huge crush on the most popular guy. When this movie came out, I couldn't stand it, wait, I couldn't stand Ringworm, and she is still not my favourite, but this film is now quite engaging. You want one member of her family to notice that she is turning 16 and you can relate to the idiotic relatives who still think it appropriate to talk about things you never want to hear them talk about. It's a sweet film and worth seeing.
Who had a great teen life? Was anyone a cheerleader or a football jock? Was anyone bullied like moi? What films did you think of?
PS-One morning my mom woke up and saw my brother asleep..on the front lawn...and yes, we had my prudish uncle and my aunt visiting.....I loved it!