Coming of Age Films

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

OCTOBER BABY arrives in DVD & Blu-ray on September 11th

As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah—unscripted—collapses in front of the stunned audience.
After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt.

Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future.
In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.

October Baby and Other Coming of Age Films

October Baby tells the story of Hannah, a young college student who struggles to find her place in the world. In that spirit, we will discuss five of our other favorite coming of age films, including Aquamarine, My Girl and Now & Then.


Imagine having to deal with growing pains and being a mermaid!  In Aquamarine, best friends Hailey and Claire find a mermaid named Aquamarine, who has come on shore to prove to her dad, Neptune, that love does exists.  With the help of her newfound friends, Aquamarine sets to find the man of her dreams and sets her eyes on Raymond, the local lifeguard that Hailey and Claire both admire.  


My Girl tells the story of Vada, an 11-year old girl obsessed with death, after she blames herself for her mother’s death and her widowed father works as the local mortician.  With the help of her best friend Thomas, a boy who suffers from all different sorts of allergies, Vana goes through an emotional awakening and learns to deal with losing a loved one.  


Roberta, Teeny, Sam and Chrissy are four 12-year-old girls growing up in a small town. Although they couldn't be more different, they vow to be friends for life. The group makes a pact to be there for each other no matter what happens - and one summer in 1970 proves to be the true test of that. The girls endure the hardships of young romance and family divorce, but also share fun and laughter - they even manage solve a town mystery!


This 1986 movie is perhaps one of the most well recognized "coming-of-age" movies and follows the lives of 4 adolescent boys (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell, and Corey Feldman), who bond when they accidentally stumble upon the dead body of a missing child in the woods. The group decides to set out on a journey to see if they can solve the mystery and become hometown heroes. During their expedition, they confront death, loneliness, and a pack of no-good older bullies who are out to try and beat the four friends to solving the case of the dead body.


Andie (Mollie Ringwald)  is an 18-year-old girl from a struggling family who resides in a questionable neighborhood. Although her and her artsy friends are considered outsiders at their high school, she finds herself to be the object of affection of Blaine, a preppy, upper-class senior. Andie must figure out if she wants to try and bridge the gap between her familiar world and that of the elite, all while staying true to who she is.

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