Juno is that sort of quirky teen film that still manages to tug at the strings of deeper emotions. Writer Diablo Cody solidified herself in the film industry with this one, and stars Ellen Page and Micheal Cera etched their names in sand as well. If you like coming-of-age stories filled with hyper-intelligent, sarcastic teens who find themselves facing adult issues for the first time, check out this list of 9 movies like Juno.
1. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist
Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist is a fun dance through the streets of Manhattan, featuring two high schoolers who fake being in a relationship to avoid their friends.
Peter Sollett takes that standard fake love turned to once in a lifetime love experience and makes it into a teen movie. Nick and Nora plays on all the standard tropes but presents some new twists and turns in its emulation of the teenage dream.
Ellen Page came back to the Indie scene for Tallulah. But this time, Page is taking a baby, like actually taking a baby away from someone… Yes, literally.
Tallulah is about a young woman who takes a child away from her irresponsible mother and pretends it’s her own. And of all places, the young woman decides to take the baby to her ex-boyfriend’s mother. The set up for conflict is there, and it plays all the way through. Whether you’re a teen or not, this movie will make you laugh and cry.
And like always, Page delivers.
3. Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig’s surprise hit captures the coming-of-age story in a way that is too genuine to deny. Her main character, played fabulously by Saoirse Ronan, struggles to find her place in school, to navigate through her love life, and to find a promising future. She might have some issues with her identity too. I mean, you rename yourself Lady Bird for a reason right?
With a stellar cast to carry out Gerwig’s compelling middle class tale, Lady Bird is further strengthened by its setting, the somewhat untouched city of Sacramento. The narrative serves as a reflection of a modern working-class family, but is unique in its perspective. Plus Timothée Chalamet’s lines are hella tight. Ah, we butchered that one. Just watch the movie.
Our first on the list featuring a male lead, Adventureland mixes a load of quirky sarcasm with a hormone filled love story. What else would you expect from Jesse Eisenberg and Superbad director Greg Mottola?
With Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, and Martin Starr in support, Adventureland is filled with great characters, good vibes, a bit of despair, and a whole lot of love.
5. Young Adult
Like Juno, Young Adult is penned by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman. And again, these two teamed up to tell a cautionary tale, but one that is not quite the same.
Young Adult is a film about, well, an adult who is not so young but happens to act like it. Charlize Theron stars as an alcoholic ghostwriter who travels to her hometown to reconnect with her ex-boyfriend, but things don’t exactly turn out as planned.
Submarine has a lot going on, and even more going for it. The characters are wild, fun, and equally bizarre. The story follows a Welsh teen whose priorities shift throughout the film. If you are familiar with The IT Crowd, then you probably know of director Richard Ayoade. That’s right, Submarine is his film. The young stars do well to support his script, and per usual, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor, and Paddy Considine don’t disappoint.
7. Easy A
Starring Emma Stone, Easy A follows the story of a teen who lies to her friend about losing her virginity. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for her lie to spread across town. Easy A is a fun story about the power of rumor, the cruelty of teenage relationships, and the lengths young adults go for attention.
8. Little Miss Sunshine
This is a fun one that we all love. Filled with kid parents, and well, misguided kids. During the family’s epic quest to get to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, each character in the film undergoes serious ups and downs.
Yes, Little Miss Sunshine has coming-of-age elements in it, but it is a movie about family. And Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, Steve Carell, Tony Collette, and Alan Arkin make up one hell-of-a family.
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