Favorite Movies With High School Protagonists
Movies with teenage protagonists played by either real or 'fake' teenagers.
- •RUSHMOREJason Schwartzman plays Max Fischer, an academic under-achiever that is overly enthusiastic when it comes to extracurricular student clubs. That enthusiasm is what causes Herman Blume (Bill Murray) to form a bond with interesting results.
- •HEATHERSA black comedy about suicide, murder and popularity. Isn't high school great?!
- •CLUELESSThis is a high school version of 'Emma' starring Alicia Silverstone (what happened to her?) that created its own lexicon (who remembers what "jeepin'" and a "Baldwin" mean?) and fashion trends that are imitated 20 years laters. A fun ride.
- •FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGHSean Penn plays a stoner surfer. Need I say more?
- •THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWERThis was the first movie Emma Watson did post her Harry Potter days, and she was a delight to watch. Based on the book by the same name, this is the story of a teenager that relies on friends and music to get him through hard times. I can relate, and I've been out of high school for a very long time.
- •GREASEA musical comedy released in the 70's about teenagers living in the 50's that I first watched in the late 80's; Grease transcends time.
- •THE BREAKFAST CLUBArchetype high school students meet for a day in detention where they bond about the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. John Hughes at his best.
- •WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSEI haven't seen this movie in many years, so I can't remember if Dawn, protagonist of 'Dollhouse' was in high school or Middle School, but for the sake of my list I'll pretense that she was. This movie is awkwardly funny, but the protagonist is so pathetic, needy and annoying that rather than feeling bad for her, you feel annoyed and secretly happy to see go through some tough stuff. Blame the director Todd Solondz for this making you root against the protagonist.