By Miko Pagaduan
Chalk Campus Correspondent
Sometimes, it's inevitable to feel sick of social media. While everyone stares pointedly at their smartphones, there are times you end up staring blankly out of your window instead. When you stop to look outside of your LCD screen for a bit, you start realizing that growing up in this generation is a tough chore and you need something that can relate to your everyday ~drama~.
Good thing there are enduring pop culture gems from past generations that did an excellent job of capturing the zeitgeist that still ring true for most millennials today. Below, we've compiled some of the best coming-of-age tales on film that can be your road map to nostalgia and self-realization.
Empire Records (1995)
For the music-savvy, this film is a must-watch. Though it flopped in the cinemas when it premiered back in the '90s, this film found its second wind and ultimately became a cult classic. Since this dramedy features teens who work in an indie record store, it tackles real-life teen problems and can make you realize that whatever the question is, music will help you find the answer. (P.S. Don’t forget Rex Manning Day. Just don’t.)
Perhaps one of the best teen flicks of its generation, this comedy is the one to see if you’re in the mood for laughter, love, and a whole lot of plaid. (Ugh. As if!) Aside from being the sassy rich girl she is, Cher Horowitz surely has the gift to help people who ard works-in-progress people—including herself—and reveal their fullest potential.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Though it premiered 32 years ago, this movie proves that the high school never ends. The stereotypes of the '80s still pretty much exist today–corridors and hallways filled with misfits from all walks of life. Set in the iconic Shermer High School, this cult hit gives hope to people with social differences to feel like they somehow belong. Cue Simple Minds’ "Don't You (Forget About Me)" and raise your fist!
Dead Poets Society (1989)
One of the best known performances of the late, great Robin Williams, this drama film will definitely test the amount of tears your eyes can manage to cry out. Considering its plot that focuses on a professor who inspires his students to change the way they look at their lives, it’s very likely that you’ll end up emptying your box of tissues after watching this and scream "O captain, my captain!" on top of your chair. For now, go seize the day and watch this alone—or more aptly: carpe diem.
Reality Bites (1994)
As its title suggests, this '90s rom-com showcases a slice of reality of the lives of Gen X teens that even millennials can easily recognize. From being unemployed, afraid of coming out, scared of getting AIDS, and fear of admitting true feelings, this film is 100% relatable in so many, many ways!
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Tighten your seat belts and ride down memory lane with this film set in '70s suburbia that reminds us of the drama and silliness of high school. For the boys? Reminisce the wild jungle of those four rowdy years. For the girls? Swoon over how hot Matthew McConaughey was in his teenage years.
Did you like or have seen any of these films? Did we miss out on any of your faves? Comment down below and let us know!
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Banner photographs from IMDB.