As many pedants will be willing to tell you, the concept of ‘teenager’ is a recent invention, culturally speaking, but one which has had a great impact on our pop culture.  Indeed, the classic teen movie has its roots as far back as 1917’s ‘Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm‘, and many movies dismissed as silly teenage fare have become classics.  (‘Rebel Without A Cause’, anyone?)  Even now, in my 40s, where it takes a week to recover from my vacation and my glasses have become bifocals, I enjoy the angsty world of Olive Penderghast, the mostly-murderous life of Veronica Sawyer and even those doomed punks from ‘Final Destination’ (though that may be a different genre, technically?), which leads us to today’s adolescent query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is pretty much a sucker for any of them, but has a special place in his heart for ‘The Breakfast Club’, asking: What’s the greatest teen movie and/or coming-of-age flick of all time?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. A really cheesy and dated movie I really enjoyed (at the time) was ‘My Science Project.’ Dennis Hopper is probably the most well known actor in it.

  2. Daniel Langsdale on

    Red Dawn really captured the spirit of the era in an over-the-top, ham-fisted fun fashion that nevertheless speaks to what it feels like to live in modern America.


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