All of us probably went through a phase of loving teen romance films. Those coming-of-age plotlines seem to be relatable at some point but the romance part, hmmm, maybe not so much.
But do we watch it over and over again? Do we fish out those little moments of chivalry and slow burn romance and fantasize about it before we go to sleep? Yes, we do.
If you’re looking for these types of feel good films that would satisfy your inner adolescent self, here are some of my (old but gold) movie recommendations:
1. Grease (1978)
Synopsis: A musical about teenage love in the 1950s. Set in 1958 California, two high school students, who are polar opposites, Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) fall in love with each other. Before school starts, they spend time at the beach, but neither of them know that they both attend Rydell High. Sandy just transferred in Rydell from Australia.
Danny is the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black leather jacket-wearing greasers while Sandy is recruited by the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing it girls. When they meet at Rydell’s first pep rally, Danny isn’t the same boy Sandy liked from the beach.
Favorite moment: I absolutely adored the Summer Nights number from the film. The denial, the bragging, the giddy feeling — all rolled into one.
2. Sixteen Candles (1984)
Synopsis: On the morning of her Sweet Sixteen, the hopeful high school sophomore, Samantha Baker (Molly Ringwald), realizes that her family has completely forgotten her birthday. All because they were occupied by her older sister’s wedding ceremony that same day. At school, angsty Sam is also preoccupied because of her crush on one of the seniors, Jake Ryan (Michael Schoeffling). Also, because of the persistent freshman who has a crush on her, Ted (Anthony Michael Hall).
How will the events unfold on her sixteenth birthday?
Favorite moment: Nothing will ever top that scene where Jake went to the church to fetch Sam from her sister’s wedding. I literally had to pause and replay the scene over and over again because of the kilig!
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Synopsis: Adapted from William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew,” the film starts off with Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the new student at Padua High. He is accompanied by his eventual best friend Michael Eckman (David Krumholtz) while he tours the school. Cameron spots Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik), a beautiful sophomore who isn’t allowed to date. Her “shrew” sister, Katarina (Julia Stiles), an angsty senior also isn’t allowed to date but she’s definitely okay with it.
Cameron needs to find Kat a date for him to also take out Bianca. He enlists Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), a bad boy with a mysterious reputation, to essentially make Kat fall in love with him.
Favorite moment: Patrick singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” to Kat on the football field in front of Kat’s teammates. Even with the help of the marching band. Need I say more?
4. She’s All That (1999)
Synopsis: The film is a modern-day version of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” High school hunk Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) is dumped by his queen bee girlfriend Taylor Vaughn (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). Frustrated, Zack accepts a bet from his buddy Dean Sampson (Paul Walker) to turn Laney Boggs (Rachel Leigh Cook), a geeky painter, into the school’s prom queen. The bet backfires and he falls in love with her. This leads to other complications that forces them from being together.
Favorite moment: This scene most probably influenced the walking-down-the-stairs transformation scene in the succeeding teen films. Plus, the song, ugh! This left me daydreaming for days!
5. Never Been Kissed (1999)
Synopsis: Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a copy editor in her early 20s gets her chance to become a reporter at Chicago Sun Times. Her editor sent her to do a feature on how current high schoolers act. In order for her to really find out, she goes undercover as a student. Back at school, she transports back to her high school days and gets to repair her own scarred teen self. The plot thickens when she falls in love with the English teacher Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan).
Favorite moment: The scene where Josie finally gets kissed, duh!
Happy watching, teens and teens at heart!
Gabriela Alexandra, or better known as Alex, is currently a journalism student at Bicol University. She likes to call herself a struggling artist, an idealist, and a hopeless romantic. She may wander around a lot, but she is never lost.