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    Mar 28, 2020

    19 Teen Movies That No One Talks About, But Everyone Should

    Move over, She's the Man!

    1. Tanner Hall (2011)

    Anchor Bay Films

    What it's about: Fernanda (Rooney Mara) starts her senior year at Tanner Hall and things are changing among her friend group. Fernanda strikes up a relationship with a married, older man; Kate (Brie Larson) attempts to seduce a teacher with disastrous results; and Lucasta (Amy Ferguson) struggles with her sexuality. And ON TOP OF ALL THIS, Fern's troublemaker childhood friend, Victoria (Georgia King), enrolls at Tanner Hall and wreaks havoc on all their personal lives.

    Why you should watch it: This movie is basically if Wes Anderson dropped his whimsical aesthetic into Gossip Girl, the movie. Plus, there's LGBTQ representation. PLUS, a young Brie Larson. All good things.

    Best quote: "Everything worth anything is both terrifying and beautiful."

    2. St. Trinian’s (2007)

    Entertainment Film Distributors

    What it's about: Annabelle Fritton (Talulah Riley), a sheltered daddy's girl, transfers to St. Trinian’s at her father's request. Although she doesn't fit in in the beginning, when the school is in danger of shutting down, Annabelle bands together with her new — albeit dysfunctional — family to help save the school.

    Why you should watch it: It's chock-full of British humor that everyone can laugh at. Plus, who doesn't love a film filled with hijinks and schoolgirl schemes?

    Best quote: "Here's a little tip I got from Paris." "Hilton?" "...France."

    3. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

    Fox Searchlight

    What it's about: Jesminder (Parminder Nagra) is a gifted football player, and when she's given the opportunity to play on the Hounslow Harriers with her friend Jules (Keira Knightley), Jess is torn between the new world of football and the traditional world of her Indian family.

    Why you should watch it: If you have ANY love for She's the Man, then this is the movie for you. Also, Jonathan Rhys Meyers? Whoa, nelly.

    Best quote: "Lesbian? Her birthday's in March. I thought she was a Pisces."

    4. Sleepover (2004)

    MGM

    What it's about: Julie (Alexa Vega) and her posse go on a scavenger hunt against the rival sleepover crew — consisting of Staci (Sara Paxon) and Liz (Brie Larson) — where the winner gets the much-coveted lunch spot and, in turn, the chance to be noticed by Steve Phillips (Sean Faris).

    Why you should watch it: Three words: Baby. Evan. Peters.

    Best quote: "It involves my money." "'Your money' is my favorite word."

    5. Saved! (2004)

    United Artists

    What it's about: Mary (Jena Malone), a devout Christian attending a Christian high school, sleeps with her closeted boyfriend in order to "save" him. After her boyfriend gets sent off to a "treatment center," Mary finds out she's pregnant and faces repercussions and judgment from her community. But it's in this dark time that Mary finds out who her true friends and loved ones really are.

    Why you should watch it: This is one of the few teen movies that touches on religion in an approachable way that doesn't alienate parties from either side of the pew.

    Best quote: "I am FILLED with Christ's love."

    6. The First Time (2012)

    Samuel Goldwyn Films Destination Films

    What it's about: Dave (Dylan O'Brien) and Aubrey (Britt Robertson) are two teens who meet after a party gets broken up by the police. What follows is a tender and awkward relationship that gives a realistic look into teen love.

    Why you should watch it: This is one of those movies where there isn't really a plot per se, but two people talking for 90-ish minutes. And yet, at the end, you're satisfied.

    Best quote: "Whoever said 'You should always be yourself' obviously never met Ronny."

    7. Accepted (2006)

    Universal Studios

    What it's about: After Bartleby (Justin Long) gets rejection letters from every college he applied to, he creates the fake South Harmon Institute of Technology with his friend Schrader (Jonah Hill) to prove to his dad that he's not a failure.

    Why you should watch it: In addition to being HILARIOUS, this movie actually makes some poignant points about our education system.

    Best quote: "Ask me about my wiener!"

    8. The To-Do List (2013)

    CBS Films

    What it's about: Brandy (Aubrey Plaza) is an overachieving student who has zero experience when it comes to sex, so she makes a "to-do list" of sexual activities she wants accomplish before college.

    Why you should watch it: All the teen sex movies are usually from the boys' point of view. This was a refreshing look at the teen-losing-their-virginity-before-college story.

    Best quote: "There are doors we don't do. The back door is one of them."

    9. Blockers (2018)

    Universal Pictures

    What it's about: Three girls plan to lose their virginities on prom night, but when their parents unearth their plans, they do everything in their power to stop them.

    Why you should watch it: See: The To-Do List.

    Best quote: "WWVDD?" "What would Vin Diesel do?"

    10. The Rocker (2008)

    20th Century Fox

    What it's about: Twenty years after Fish (Rainn Wilson) got kicked out of the now-successful band Vesuvius, he joins his nephew's band, A.D.D., in order to relive his glory years.

    Why you should watch it: The tunes in this movie, for lack of a better word, rock.

    Best quote: "1991 called, they want their teenage angst back."

    11. Project X (2012)

    20th Century Fox

    What it's about: Three teens — Thomas, Costa, and J.B. — throw a party of EPIC proportions. That's it. That's the movie.

    Why you should watch it: People were talking about the party from this movie like it ACTUALLY happened. Trust me, if you watch it, it'll feel like you were there.

    Best quote: "It's on 'til the break of dawn, yo!"

    12. It's a Boy Girl Thing (2006)

    Icon Entertainment

    What it's about: Woody (Kevin Zegers) and Nell (Samaire Armstrong) are next-door neighbors and high school nemeses. But when they have a Freaky Friday experience, they have to find out a way to switch back into their bodies before Woody's big football game and Nell's big college interview.

    Why you should watch it: I love an enemies-to-lovers romance, and this movie is just that...with an added twist.

    Best quote: [Nell in Woody's body] "I've had my heart set on Yale since I was a little girl."

    13. Jennifer's Body (2009)

    20th Century Fox

    What it's about: Needy (Amanda Seyfried) is best friends with Jennifer (Megan Fox), but when she discovers that her BFF is feasting on the boys in their town in order to stay alive, Needy takes it upon herself to put an end to it.

    Why you should watch it: This movie is campy goodness — it got a bad rep when it first came out, but that's because it was ahead of its time.

    Best quote: "Jennifer's evil...like, actually evil, not high school evil."

    14. Dope (2015)

    Open Road Films

    What it's about: Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is just a geeky kid who's trying to get into Harvard. But what starts off as an alumni interview turns into a journey through the world of drugs and shady backdoor deals.

    Why you should watch it: This movie provided the best explanation for Bitcoin that I've ever received.

    Best quote: "So, why do I want to attend Harvard? If I was white, would you even have to ask me that question?"

    15. Real Women Have Curves (2002)

    HBO Films

    What it's about: Ana (America Ferrera) and Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros) have a very complex mother-daughter relationship that is only made more so by Ana's dreams of going to college in New York and Carmen's desire to keep her daughter in Los Angeles and close to home.

    Why you should watch it: If you liked Ladybird, then add in diversity and body positivity and you've got RWHC.

    Best quote: "Turn the lights on, I want you to see me... So, this is what I look like." "Que bonita."

    16. Save the Last Dance (2001)

    Paramount Pictures

    What it's about: After her mother dies in a tragic accident, Sara (Julia Stiles) moves in with her estranged father. After a fun night out, Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas) teaches Sara how to dance — hip-hop, that is — and encourages her to apply for Juilliard.

    Why you should watch it: Step Up has NOTHING on this OG dance movie.

    Best quote: "They call him Snookie because 'Fool' was taken."

    17. Charlie Bartlett (2007)

    MGM

    What it's about: When the wealthy Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) transfers to public school after being kicked out of yet another private school, he, along with the school bully, starts up a "pharmaceutical" business to help out his fellow students.

    Why you should watch it: This movie put a fun and nuanced spin on the term "drug dealer."

    Best quote: "People like you are the reason people like me need medication."

    18. Stick It (2006)

    Buena Vista Pictures

    What it's about: Haley (Missy Peregrym) is a rebellious teen who gets sent back to her old gymnastics camp after another run-in with the law. Although she is unwilling at first, Haley slowly starts to fall in love with the sport again and develops a real sense of community.

    Why you should watch it: Talk about sticking it to the man AND the mat!

    Best quote: "It's not called gym-nice-stics."

    19. Crazy/Beautiful (2001)

    Buena Vista Pictures

    What it's about: Nicole (Kirsten Dunst) is a troubled rich girl who falls in love with Carlos (Jay Hernandez), an honor roll student from the "wrong side of the tracks." When things get too heavy for either of them to handle, Nicole and Carlos have to decide if their love is worth it.

    Why you should watch it: Nicole and Carlos's relationships is, dare I say, crazy beautiful?

    Best quote: "Look how good our skin looks next to each other. It's beautiful."

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