On Saturday morning on CBC Radio 1, there was a discussion about coming of age movies. They had a few teenagers on the show chatting about what their favourite coming of age movies were. They also read listeners' e-mails about the same subject. Jere and I got to chatting about what some of our favourites were. I sent a couple e-mails to CBC (and although they weren't mentioned on the air, the movies I said were my favourite "Coming Of Age" movies were mentioned on the CBC Fresh Air Facebook page!). So, what were my coming of age movies? Here we go:
- Dazed & Confused
- Stand By Me
- Now & Then
- American Graffiti
- The Breakfast Club
- How To Make An American Quilt
One of the teens on the radio mentioned "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" as being a coming of age movie for them. Jere and I chatted about this and while it is an awesome movie and a favourite of ours, for both of us it is not one we consider a "coming of age" movie. I think for me, it's cause I didn't really relate to the characters. At least not in the way, I related to at least one or two of the characters in the movies I mentioned above. In "Now & Then", I totally related to Christina Ricci's character Roberta, and in "The Breakfast Club", it was the character of Allison I identified with (I think everyone has a character they can identify with in that movie).
It was a very cool discussion and brought back lots of great memories of watching these movies with friends and how totally into them we were. I still enjoy watching all of these movies and it reminds me I haven't seen some of them in years. Clearly, I need to do some movie watching! ;)
What are some of the movies you consider to be "coming of age" movies?