Last week I talked about some of my recent favourite Rom-Coms, but I know that the age of my audience is very varied, so I didn’t want to hold off on you about teen rom-coms I watched! Although I want to note that both movies technically also fall into the drama genre … just saying. When I was growing up, which makes me sound much older than I am, I feel like there were just tons and tons of amazing and more importantly fun teen movies
There’s not a lot of movies on debate clubs out there. At least none that I really know of, so to get that glimpse into a world I am vastly unfamiliar with was really interesting (and from what I heard it also seems to be an accurate depiction of that scene). Also, I am always here for a good old enemies-to-lovers trope!
This isn’t just some cutesy romantic story in a quirky setting though, it packs quite the punch. It deals with the uncertainty of life and loss, the fact that you can never be prepared for everything. In many ways, this movie reflected all my doubts and struggles when I was about to graduate high school and I can always appreciate relatable content like that.
I think with Love, Simon being a success in cinemas, it was evident we needed more stories like that. Coming out stories that may not be perfect and all happy, but stories that aren’t just doom and gloom either. In many ways, it seems like Alex Strangelove is Netflix’ answer to that.
I am not sure the title was the best choice for this movie, but the content is definitely worth a watch. It aptly depicts the struggles of not just having to come out, but first of all realising that your sexual preferences may be different than what you believed them to be. During all of this, Alex Strangelove never forgets to show both sides and the people who are involved in the process. The characters make mistakes but remain very lovable and give the movie an authentic vibe even with crazy imaginary sequences inbetween.
While watching this movie, it is evident that the viewer knows more about where this is going than Alex does. It is kind of endearing to watch him figure things out. I am sure this movie does not represent everyone’s experience, but at the same time I also don’t doubt that there are people who can identify with his journey.
What are some teen movies you have enjoyed lately? Let’s talk about it!