3 ‘coming-of-age’ movies I wish I’d seen 10 years ago
I dislike being 25. Getting ID’d becomes more embarrassing (especially when they think it’s fake), you’re too young and inexperienced to be in a middle-weight job which means you’re underpaid and not taken very seriously by clients, yet you’re getting too old to shamelessly rely on your parents all the time. You’re stuck frustratingly between being qualified, satisfied and self-dependent. I miss having fun without having to pay the price for it afterwards, too.
I’m also jealous of the fact that younger generations have got it much easier than I had. Teenagers have social networks, mobile phones and laptops with broadband which takes the pressure off having to make new friends and keep in touch with existing ones. Remember how scary it was having to call your crush or knock on their parent’s door to ask them if they were allowed out? Terrifying! I remember having to wait until 6pm to use BT Internet for free and even then I’d have to wait for my turn on the computer and tolerate the tediously slow speeds. Did you know that some exam boards actually let kids use ‘text speak’ in their essays/answers?! Yep – no need to learn quality grammar kids, there won’t be any jobs left for you anyway! Shops now make grown-up clothes and shoes in small sizes – I really hate that part the most. And even toys for babies are inspiring these days – this Christmas I’d be more than happy to receive Toys ‘R’ Us vouchers (and that’ll make Christmas even more fun if I avoid telling Rick why I’m filling the spare room with baby toys…).
Anyway, to add to my shortcomings, I’ve seen 3 brilliant films this year that I really wish I’d seen a decade ago. I was a very reserved and well-behaved child (compared to most of my classmates) and I was constantly worrying about the future. I remember being scared and avoiding trouble more than I remember having fun or getting into trouble. Sometimes I think I really wasted those opportunities.
So, to all of you (especially those young enough to still be rebellious and carefree) I highly recommend watching the following 3 movies. I will give a brief description (without giving away vital plot points, hopefully) and will highlight some moments that I feel missed out on when ‘coming of age’…