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6 films that will make you miss secondary school


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What exactly makes a 'teen' film, and why are they always so darn watchable?

Put simply: it's a film marketed for a teenage audience. We've all been there, and we've all struggled with the same things, making the genre uniquely appealing to a wide range of audiences. Teen fiction allows you escape from reality and let your own troubles fade away - as you know everything will be all right. If anything, as a student, it's just nice to see a film where everyone's problems get solved and they have a big party rather than crying into a cup of tea about essay deadlines. Ah, simpler times.

However, although marketed at teenagers - the genre is not only for them. Adults also love the stories that are portrayed, as young adult fiction evokes nostalgia that often reminds us of our experiences growing up. They're also almost always based on older fiction too, making the market extra appealing to readers of novels such as Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

Society can be over-critical of YA fiction, but it is its simplicity and fanbase that has kept it alive, as these films provide the most pleasure for young people and adults alike. Below is a compilation of films about growing up and experiencing the world that bring the feel-good atmosphere time and time again. Take a look!

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

An comedy film directed by Sara Sugarman starring Lindsay Lohan. The film follows the life of Mary Elizabeth Cep (Lohan) an ambitious teen girl who goes by the name of Lola, who aspires to be a famous stage actress. Watch and remember a time before your dreams were crushed by exams - feel good vibes all round.


Directed by Elizabeth Allen starring Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts and Joanna "JoJo" Levesque. This film follows two girls who try to help a mermaid, named Aquamarine, prove to her father that real love exists. Follow these friends in the trials of love, friendship and hope.

Wild Child

Another teen comedy film directed by Nick Moore starring Emma Roberts, Alex Pettyfer and Georgia King. The film follows a rebellious Malibu princess is shipped off to a strict English boarding school by her father. We follow poppy as she tries to survive the trials of boarding school, and what her true self is underneath a materialistic shell.


For many high-school students, prom marks the beginning of their transition from teenager to adulthood. This American film directed by Joe Nussbaum follows as a group of teenagers get ready for their high school prom. The bitter-sweet moment of spending their last school days together is relatable for all those who've left for university, and proves an emotional watch when you're least expecting it.

Radio Rebel

A TV film based on a novel titled Shrinking Violet. This film was directed by Peter Howitt, starring Debby Ryan and Merritt Patterson. The movie follows a shy high schooler, Tara, who develops an alter ego, that becomes popular on the radio. Tara tries to keep her hidden identity a secret, but you can guess how well that goes. We've all seen Hannah Montana here.

The Duff

This teen comedy film is directed by Ari Sandel, stars Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, and Ken Jeong. The film is about a high school senior who finds she has been labelled the DUFF - Designated Ugly Fat Friend - by her prettier, more popular counterparts... Follow Bianca as she tries to save her senior year from becoming a complete disaster. 

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