Lights! Camera! Action!: Coming of Age movies for back to school


With the start of a new school year, many are looking for guidance. The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Breakfast Club are remarkable stories about adolescence.

Ansley Russo, staff reporter

As school starts back up, things can be new and scary. Things might seem uncertain, but seeing these movies can help people figure everything out! When seeing these movies, many relate to their ups and downs. The characters in both films go through exciting, adventurous times. The Breakfast Club and The Perks of Being a Wallflower are here to help lead people through highschool! 

  One movie that will help in navigating highschool is The Breakfast Club. When five teens from different cliques all have detention together, they discover that they have more in common than they thought. The majority of the movie is set in the library, where detention is held, and unravels the adventures of their Saturday. The Breakfast Club is a rollercoaster of a movie. In just one day, unexpected friendships and relationships are formed. “I like how I stay invested throughout the whole movie.”Reese Norris says. The 1980’s film opens up conversation about not judging a book by its cover. Everyone in the group opens up and bonds together throughout the movie. This classic story of teen angst is a must watch!  No matter the person, they will relate to someone in this movie! 

  Another film that is great for the new school year is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When teens experience this story, they can relate to the struggles of adolescence. Charlie, the main character,. He meets Sam, an accepting individualist, and Patrick, her stepbrother.  They help Charlie find himself and a group to fit in with. Sam introduces him to a new world, filled with music and mania. Meanwhile Charlie  struggles with depression, PTSD, and navigating relationships. What will happen when Charlie hurts one of Sam and Patrick’s friends and spirals out of control? Watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower to find out!


A new school year can be frightening, but it is  also a new start with brand new possibilities. The recommended movies are classics for a reason! The Breakfast Club is groundbreaking and hilarious, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower is eye opening and refreshing.