Coming-of-age or bildungsroman is a genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood. The journey from youth to adulthood is a bittersweet experience for most of us. It’s a journey of first love, first heartbreak, loss of innocence, and a newfound responsibility that stirs up weird feelings inside. These emotions are perfectly portrayed in coming of age drama films. Wedding Affair brings to you 5 films that you can watch this weekend.
To Sir With Love (1967)
This movie follows another coming-of-age trope: That of a teacher who somehow finds a way to relate to a seemingly lost, tough classroom of students. Sidney Poitier stars in this one, which gives another meaning to the word “class.”
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Unlike Lady Bird, The Breakfast Clubreally leans into those high-school types — but also breaks them down and shows how no one gets out of adolescence unscathed.
Juno first charmed people because of the super-slangy way she talked, but even if the 2007 diction seems dated now, underneath there’s still a heartwarming story about a girl who is trying to join the ranks of responsible adults, starting with finding parents to adopt her unplanned baby.
This is one of the few films where you actually get to see the star grow up before your eyes; Richard Linklater filmed with actor Ellar Coltrane over a period of 12 years, a little at a time, and you can watch him go from little kid to young adult on screen.
Lady Bird (2017)
Lady Bird’s Christine is an unusual character because she doesn’t fit into any of the high-school “types” most movies focus on. She’s not exactly cool, she’s not an overachieving nerd, and she may be rebellious but it doesn’t get her anywhere. In that way, her messy, dramatic high school experience hits a lot closer to home than a lot of the Hollywood shined-up versions.
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