When you're young everything feels like the end of the world. But it's not, it's just the beginning.
High school often gets a bad rap in popular culture, with its depictions of cliques, drama, and academic stress. But there are movies that capture a brighter, more fun side of high school life. Here are 7 movies that prove teenage years can be a blast, even at school.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky, the movie follows the story of an introverted freshman named Charlie as he navigates the challenges of high school.
Interacting with new friends, portrayed by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, Charlie discovers the joys of friendship, love, and the transformative power of real connections during his formative years.
6. Easy A (2010)
Taking a comedic look at high school rumors and reputations, Emma Stone's Easy A tells the story of senior Olive, who decides to embrace a false reputation as the "bad girl" of the school to help her classmates and improve her own social status.
The film's witty humor and satirical take on teenage gossip make it an entertaining watch that reminds us just how far the words can go.
5. High School Musical (2006)
Celebrating the power of music and friendship, this fun Disney musical follows basketball star Troy and bookworm Gabriella as they defy their cliques to audition for the school musical.
With its catchy songs and entertaining dance numbers, the film has become a pop culture phenomenon and a testament to the fact that breaking stereotypes can lead to incredible adventures.
4. 17 Again (2009)
This coming-of-age comedy offers a hilarious twist on the high school experience as a middle-aged man is sent back to relive his teenage years.
Played by Zac Efron and Mathew Perry, the character's transformation back to his 17-year-old self brings with it hilarious situations and valuable life lessons that highlight the importance of cherishing youth and making the most of each moment.
3. The Breakfast Club (1985)
A classic film that brings together five diverse high school students in detention as they begin to bond and open up to each other through the experiences they share.
The characters learn about themselves and teach us that appearances can be misleading and that everyone has their own struggles beneath the surface.
2. Clueless (1995)
Set in a modern-day high school in Beverly Hills, Clueless is a charming comedy that follows the fashion-forward baddie, Cher, as she navigates the ups and downs of teenage life.
Filled with witty dialogue, iconic looks, and memorable characters, the movie shows the lighter side of high school and the importance of personal growth.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Inspired by Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, this iconic rom-com starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles presents a heart-warming and humorous take on high school romance.
The movie captures the excitement and unpredictability of young love as the characters navigate their first relationships, misconceptions, and heartbreaks.