BEDITSHOA: Recent-ish Teen Movies

While browsing the blogosphere today, I stumbled across this trailer for Beastly (Thanks, Mandy Hubbard!):

Neil Patrick Harris! Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer getting kissy! Mary-Kate Olsen as a witch! (A witch with cool eye makeup!) Not only did it bump Alex Flinn's novel to the top of my to-read list, but it also got me thinking about teen movies in general. Is it just me, or have the last few years been kinda . . . empty?

It's no wonder that I've been so excited for Easy A:

I love Emma Stone, and it looks like a GREAT role for Amanda Bynes, à la Mandy Moore in Saved! And the adults look intelligent, too. (One of my pet peeves: Teen movies and novels where the parents are idiots or nonentities.)

So . . . where have all the good teen movies gone? Or have I just been missing them? I tried to come up with a list of awesome teen films from the last few years (post-High School Musical, 2006), and my list is very short:

Juno (2007)

Superbad (also 2007!) was pretty good, too, and no matter what opinion any of us have about it, the Twilight series can't be overlooked. But then . . . blank. I'm coming up BLANK.

What am I missing, you guys? Help me out in the comments!


  1. I remember Nick & Norah coming out after Juno, right? Didn't see it, but I remember that. And there was that whole Zac Effron one where he's 17 Again? Was that the title. Obviously I am not up on teen movies either...

    I'm still living in Napoleon Dynamite days myself.

  2. Natalie — Yeah, thanks! Nick and Norah. I liked it, but the book was 1 billion times smarter. And I never saw 17 Again! What's wrong with me? Also, Jarrod and I still quote Napoleon every day. :)

  3. I honestly can't think of any off the top of my head...

    But I will say that all the children of the early 90s, i.e. the teens of today, ALL went to see Toy Story 3. I think Pixar unintentionally made a teen movie even if we weren't their target audience.

  4. Anonymous5:57 PM GMT-5

    The Rocker is another excellent (Emma Stone and Rainn Wilson in one movie!) teen movie. I would consider Fanboys (if you haven't seen it, its a MUST) a teen movie with kick ass Star Wars references.

  5. Anonymous6:00 PM GMT-5

    P.S. I'm so excited for Easy A it's not even funny. I have a feeling it's going to be the new Mean Girls.

  6. No matter what Pixar thinks, Toy Story 3 was for the teens. I was more excited for it than my little brother.

    Alice in Wonderland was pretty epic, despite all of the eye stabbing. I consider it a teen movie...ish?

    Beyond that, I'm glad I prefer movies like Ever After to movies like Kick Ass.

  7. I just finished Beastly yesterday and I loved it! I kept thinking the whole time what a great movie it would make. I didn't realize it was already being made into a movie. Awesome!

  8. KairiGokuJr — I'd agree with that. I'd also say that they make excellent "everybody" movies, a near-impossible thing to do!

    luckiestxclover — "I have a feeling it's going to be the new Mean Girls." ME, TOO!! And I haven't seen Fanboys. Thanks for the rec!

    Julie — I like Kick-Ass, but I LOOOOVE Ever After.

    Beth — What perfect timing! I'm so happy to hear you loved it.

  9. I don't understand "Beastly". In the end, the guy finds someone to love him for who he is. But the movie, overall, just shows that outer beauty is what matters to like 99% of the population.

  10. Anonymous6:28 PM GMT-5

    I have GOT to see Easy A & Beastly! Those look *so* good! :-D Steph, I <3 you.

  11. Yup, I'm way crazy looking forward to EASY A, too.

    SCOTT PILGRIM VERSUS THE WORLD. That counts as teen, right? :-D

  12. Anonymous6:40 PM GMT-5

    Totally Scott Pilgrim...I mean, it has a seventeen year old in it! Plus, I think it is VERY identifiable with the younger generation.

    Also, have you seen Whip It? It has a tidy ending, but I liked it nonetheless.

  13. I love The Invisible? The trailer for it is somewhat misleading, but the movie itself I found to be VERY engaging. I watch it all the time. And, the soundtrack is pretty much amazing. It's not a comedy, but I'm always suggesting it to everyone. And I mention it because the main characters are teens, but I think it's one of those films that could totally be enjoyed by non-teens because the fact that they are teenagers isn't that important, I guess? I don't know. But I love it.

    And then the other is Stick It. I'm not a huge sport/comedy person. I never like Bring It On (or the dozen sequels) but I watched Stick It on some movie channel a couple years ago and LOVED it. It's so funny and there were some parts that totally caught me off guard emotionally and I got all unexpectedly teary.

    So those are some of my suggestions, I guess. The second is definitely more teenish, but the first, oh my goodness, so good.

  14. Hmm. The teen movie scene is lacking. I agree with Anna (luckiestxclover! Hi Anna OMG YOU'RE COMMENTING HERE TOO WHAT A COINCIDENCE), Fanboys is KICKASS.

    Also, you can't forget about all those Bring It On sequels. They're teen movies AND mockable beyond all reason.

  15. My favorite teen movie is She's the Man. I've tried to convince myself that I like it because it's loosely based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, but I think I mostly love it for Channing Tatum and Amanda Bynes. Plus, it's really funny. I also liked Step Up and Step Up 2. So sue me. I like dance movies. xD I'm soo excited for Easy A. Not so sure about Beastly. It seems to just be Beauty & the Beast with a modern twist, and I've seen the Disney version one too many times.

  16. Not only do I want to read and watch Beastly. I want to marry that dude!!!

    And Easy A! Wow! It's cool how they lined up all the a's in the actors names. Wonder if they overlooked all actors with no A's.

    Btw, I loved the Bring It On franchise, but I'm a sap! :)

  17. I'm not sure if this counts as recent, since it came out in 2006, but I thought Accepted was an awesome movie. As one who went to a super-liberal super-granola college, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. (Plus, Justin Long is in it, and I love Justin Long.)

  18. Ahh I really wanted to watch Juno but never got a chance to! Thanks for sharing, these are some good picks. :)



  19. I liked Whip It. It wasn't bad. I think foreign films tend to do a little better with the teen/kid angle. Hollywood just tries to be gross (Sex Drive, Miss March). Anyone see I Love you Beth Cooper? Oh, I didn't think Youth in Revolt was so awful. Sort of funny. I hadn't read the book, though.

    Let the Right One In. Loved it. And now they are Americanizing it into LET ME IN.

    Kisses (Have you seen the preview for this, Stephanie? I think you might like it. It's Irish, I think? Takes place in Dublin. And it's called KISSES.)

    Seems like stuff with teens is reserved for horror movies. Nightmare on Elm Street. Friday the 13th. Idiot teens being idiots and then dying. It'd be nice to see something more like Let the Right One In (has one of the best, best vampire scenes ever in my opinion.)

    I've rambled long enough. The End.

  20. AH i saw scott pilgrim last night and even though it was midnight o'clock i didnot fall asleep because it was SOOOOOOOOOO GOOD .

    ahah and as a teen , i somehow really really enjoyed the movie version of the book "angus , thongs and full frontal snogging" even though it was ridiculous . also is it tween ? neh , it was good .

    http://www.last.fm/music/Charlie+McDonnell/+images/43930923 (hot british male of choice, he is wearing a bathrobe and winking)

  21. Um. I LOVED 17 Again, and Stick It. But then, I still regularly pine for The OC, so I don't know what my opinion is worth!

    I still need to see Whip It and Bandslam, both of which I heard good things about... and I'm SUPER excited for the Tomorrow When The War Began movie (and a little bit scared that it could, like, RUIN MY CHILDHOOD).

  22. Yes, you should enjoy Fanboys....I am so happy to see Charlie Bartlett on your list! Also, I Love You Beth Cooper was better than I expected it to be, and I also agree about Let the Right One In. Speaking of unnecessarily remade films....perhaps we should continue that list with Death at a Funeral.

  23. JenniferDeath at a Funeral = WORST. REMAKE. EVER. Not that I saw it. ;)