Monday, February 18, 2013

Coming Of Age Movies...

Can't get much more blunt than that title, eh? Or much more Canadian than saying "eh". ;)

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? 

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