Four contributors make their case for the best coming-of-age films over the last four decades.
coming of age
Online Screen Editor Jacob Heayes is enamoured by the anarchic charms of Olivia Wilde’s coming-of-age film.
Mid90s is a nostalgic slice of time from debut director and writer Jonah Hill (yes, that Jonah Hill). Following Stevie, played by Sunny Suljic of Killing of a Sacred Dear, a thirteen-year-old in 1990s Los Angeles. The film’s lack of narrative navigates the lives of skating teenagers wasting time in their long summers, negotiating with […]
Certain associations are damaged with overuse. School, awkward teens, the nuances of young social lives – perhaps it’s all been done before. But then comes Eighth Grade, breezily making those tired tropes new again. The hook is in the bracing modernity of the piece; the young teenage world it portrays happens right now, allowing genuine […]
Sometimes you just need a film that’s perfectly pleasant. That’s not to say it can’t be bold in that demeanour, possess genuine stakes, or have something to say, but that within these, it still manages to come through with a sense of warm pride. Based on the book of the same name by Emily Damoir, […]
Bethia Atkinson debates whether it’s time that Hollywood grows out of the ‘coming of age’ film frenzy. We all know them and we all either love them or hate them. But the truth be told, we cannot escape the inevitable onslaught of ‘coming of age’ ﬁlms that pounds our screens each year. From the stereotypical young adult […]