The Adult Services DVD section has undergone a few changes lately. First, the purge: old, damaged, and unpopular movies were weeded out to allow the newer and more popular materials to shine through and to make room for phase two. Second, thousands of Young Adult DVDs made their way downstairs.
That shift is almost complete, and in celebration of “teen” movies making the journey to the “adult” section, I’ve compiled a list of some coming-of-age/becoming-the-person-you-were-meant-to-be movies that we have in our collection. We all know about the classics like Stand By Me and The Breakfast Club, but there may be a few here you haven’t seen, and should definitely check out:
Stand By Me
Four young friends set out on an adventure to find the body of a missing local teenage boy.
Raising Victor Vargas
Victor doesn’t have much, but he knows that he wants Judy, the prettiest girl in the projects. His grandmother doesn’t approve, his siblings don’t want to believe him and Judy seems to have other plans in mind.
The Breakfast Club
They are five high school students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday morning detention together in their school library. At 7 a.m. they had nothing to say to each other, but by 4 p.m., they had bared their souls and become good friends.
Girl in Progress
Grace is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford, to give her daughter, Ansiedad, the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, she is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker, Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore, and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A high school freshman, always watching from the sidelines, is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world.
In the early 1960’s, 16-year-old Jenny Mellor lives with her parents in a London suburb. She is smart, pretty, and working toward her goal of being accepted into Oxford. Her life will take a big turn when she meets David, a man twice her age. Now she must decide if she will pursue an education at Oxford, or if she will choose to learn all that a charismatic older man can teach her.
The true story of Homer Hickam Jr., a high school student in rural West Virginia, who seemed destined to repeat his father’s harsh life in the coal mines, until he turned his attention to the skies.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
A high school student is determined to get a day off, but the principal has other ideas.
Life of Pi
A young Pi Patel, overcoming a cataclysmic shipwreck, finds himself stranded on a lifeboat with the last survivor, a ferocious Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
Ordinary teenager and rabid comic-book geek Dave Lizewski captures the imagination of the public when he becomes the no-nonsense vigilante, Kick-Ass. After he teams up with the fearless father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, the three work together to take down the criminal empire of local Mafioso Frank D’Amico. But when D’Amico’s son Chris is reborn as Red Mist, the showdown between the forces of good and evil will force Kick-Ass to live up to his name, or die trying.