Let's face it, growing up is tough - but today’s movies are often uncomfortable with the messy and painful realities of childhood and adolescence. In honor of writer Anthony Breznican's twisted new novel Brutal Youth, we present some coming-of-age films that don’t shy away from the sinister side of growing up.
HEAVENLY CREATURES crawls around teen psyches in a way that would have been unimaginable in 1954, when the film is set. The high schools of BRICK and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER are social obstacle courses with some treacherous turns. THE CHOCOLATE WAR shows that standing up for yourself is an invitation for someone to take you down, while YOUNG ADULT is a reminder that the process and pitfalls of growing up don't end when diplomas are handed out. For all its challenges, however, you never have friends later on like you did when you were a kid – a lesson the boys of STAND BY ME learn far, far away from the classroom.
Series programmed by Anthony Breznican, Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise.