Luke Clellan Dellorso
Instead of presenting you with an ordered list of the best coming of age stories, I present you with my favorite tales.
The Breakfast Club
I mean… this is a classic. The thing about The Breakfast Club, which always gets me, is the
way that these young women and men learn to be more comfortable with who they are and quite possibly make a few lasting bonds in the meantime (but we don’t know-our minds are left to wonder). They learn to share intimate details about their life, which, to me, is an unreal experience. I am sure that someone might try to label me as “too open”, but I live for the moments where I can have a genuine interaction with someone and tell them intimate details about my life. I love having a human connection and I truly believe that The Breakfast Club displays that connection in its entirety.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Not everything in life is going to glow. Unfortunately, we have to live with that fact that
there are going to be hard times- really hard times. But the question to ask is, who will be there in those times? The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a beautiful story that makes me feel at home when I watch it. It outlines the struggles of young women and men who are fighting to be different in the world, rather than fitting in, and it also shows that we are humans and we struggle, and that is why we need to be there to pick each other back up, again and again. It is also set in Pittsburgh, which is AMAZINGGGG.
First, I have an outstanding respect for the makers of Boyhood, as the process to produce this film took an amazing level of dedication. If you have not had a chance to view this film yet, please do. It was shot over a span of 11 years and tells the tale of a family, but specifically a young man discovering his place in the world. Once again, it does not leave you with closure, but rather presents us with a multitude of doors for our minds to step through. For me personally, I value the way in which Mason, the main character, chooses his own path and explores his own world, rather than fitting into one that someone else might want for him.
Every one of these films brings me happiness, as it reminds me to be myself and while there are a number of other fantastic coming of age stories available to us, I have chosen these, and as such, you must go watch them! If you would like to look at another list, check this one out!