The ultimate coming-of-age films

Adulting is not the easiest thing in life to learn, but it is a necessity. It can be messy, and awkward, but it can also be beautiful. These five coming- of-age films provide a realistic approach of growing up, and learning just how to be an adult.

 Illustration courtesy of @ leo_eats_art

Illustration courtesy of @leo_eats_art

Lion (2016)

A biographical drama that tells the true story of a young boy who set out to find his Burhanpur-based family after 25 years of separation, this film received six Oscar nominations, and was one of the highest grossing Australian films in history. Lion showcases the raw struggles of Saroo as he navigates through his childhood alone, scared, and learning to fend for himself. Through his journey, Saroo learns the power of love, the meaning of family, and the hope for answers - and so will you.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

This comedy follows the stories of five teenagers trapped in Saturday detention together, with a single task; write a 1000- word essay on who they are. This task proves challenging, as each individual is forced to open up and analyse their fears, hopes and dreams for the future. While at the beginning of the film they are each stereotyped, they come to the realisation that they have a lot more in common than first thought.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Featuring Emma Watson in one of her first roles since her Harry Potter residency, this film follows the socially-awkward Charlie in his first year of high-school. The Chbosky- directed drama brings to light the challenges that often come with grief and growing up, through Charlie’s befriending of Sam and Patrick, spurring him to come out of his shell.

Stand By Me (1998)

This Stephen King film explores youth and nostalgia as four teenage boys search for the body of a missing boy. Gordie is still dealing with the grief over the death of his best friend and brother, Chris comes from a house of criminals, Teddy has a mentally ill father and Vern has been bullied for his weight. Each journey physically and mentally, and learn the true meaning of friendship alongside the audience.

The Intouchables (2011)

This French film details the story of a man who becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, and hires a young man to be his caregiver after his injury. This man has no interest in the job, and was only there to get the signature that would allow him to receive his welfare benefits. After receiving the position, his unconventional caring method leads to a beautiful friendship, and a greater understanding of people and one’s place in the world.

This article appeared in The Comma’s 2018 Annual Edition. Read more here.

 Tayla Curry is a first-year Journalism student at UTS. She’s a summer-lover at heart, and is stuck hibernating the cold away … just wishing she could afford a plane ticket to Europe at the end of semester.