High school movies have the uncanny ability to make us feel our emotions to the fullest, but who can say they’re not educational too? Here are some life lessons imparted from your all-time favourite teen flicks.
Lesson #1: It’s never too late to change
Remember when Zac Efron still had his glorious floppy hair of yesteryears? One of his first post-High School Musical roles was the teenage self of a jaded, down-on-his-luck adult struggling with a mid-life crisis. The ‘body- swap’ movie depicts how we might have regrets when we’re older, but Zac’s character redeeming his old ways and appreciating what’s truly important in his life inspired us all to initiate a positive change in our own.
Perks of Being A Wallflower
Lesson #2: You don’t need to be an extrovert
Following the life of introverted Charlie (Logan Lerman) in high school, he learns how to deal with his inner battles as he experiences the trials and tribulations of teenage years. With the help of his seniors – played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller – Charlie eventually “accepts the love he thinks he deserves” and made us all feel positively “infinite”.
Lesson #3: Never give in to gossip
In this comedy classic, Emma Stone stars as Olive who’s the subject of a rumour that spreads across the campus, tarnishing her reputation in the process. As Olive traverses the ups and downs of her newfound image, she soon realises that nobody else’s opinions matter except for the ones closest to her. This serves as a stark reminder that fuelling senseless rumours can prove to be disastrous, and it’s simply best to avoid them in the first place!
Lesson #4: Don’t be afraid to speak up
Besides their stance on female empowerment, our favourite Barden Bellas have also stressed several important life teachings. Who can forget Fat Amy embracing her quirks to stand out as an individual, or Becca stepping out of her comfort zone to find her voice? With the third instalment now in full swing on the big screens, there’s no better movie to start your year off with.
John Tucker Must Die
Lesson #5: Learn to love yourself
Don’t pass this off as another B-grade chick flick – dig deeper and you might be surprised at the lessons it teaches. After being manipulated by resident casanova John Tucker, four girls set out to take revenge to break his heart but end up becoming fast friends instead. While the girl-power foursome experience hilarious hijinks in the process, they also convey important messages about prioritising friendships and loving yourself.
The Edge of Seventeen
Lesson #6: Don’t sweat the small stuff
Hailee Steinfeld’s breakout role as Nadine in this coming-of-age dramedy relates to many of us, and for good reason. Witnessing Nadine grapple teenage angst, family problems and insecurities demonstrated how flawed her character could be – yet it’s how she deals with it that truly matters. By the end of the film, we learn that she’s come to terms with who she is.
This article was adapted from Vol.30 Issue 1 issue of Teenage.