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17 Again (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy

17 Again (2009)

At 17 Mike O'Donnell is on top of the world: he's the star of his high school basketball team, is a shoo-in for a college scholarship, and is dating his soul-mate, Scarlet. But at what's supposed to be his big game where a college scout is checking him out, Scarlet reveals that she's pregnant. Mike decides to leave the game and asks Scarlet to marry him, which she does. During their marriage, Mike can only whine about the life he lost because he married her, so she throws him out. When he also loses his job, he returns to the only place he's happy at, his old high school. While looking at his high school photo, a janitor asks him if he wishes he could be 17 again and he says yes. One night while driving he sees the janitor on a bridge ready to jump, and goes after him. When he returns to his friend Ned's house, where he has been staying, he sees that he is 17 again. He decides to take this opportunity to get the life he lost. (Read More)

Themes:regret, divorce, anger, magic
Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Period:2000s, 1980s
Story:high school, basketball coach, school principal, star athlete, janitor, falling off a bridge, basketball player, divorce court, school party, bridge, basketball, unwed pregnancy, sword fight, high school senior, unplanned pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, high school student, wild party, reference to vanilla ice, star wars spoof scene

Hoosiers (1986)
Drama, Sport

Hoosiers (1986)

Based on the true story of a small-town Indiana team that made the state finals in 1954, this movie chronicles the attempts of a coach with a spotty past, and the town's basketball-loving drunk to lead their high school team to victory.

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school, coach, basketball coach, basketball, basketball player, teen angst, athlete, father son relationship

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Comedy

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

High school student Ferris Bueller wants a day off from school and he's developed an incredibly sophisticated plan to pull it off. He talks his friend Cameron into taking his father's prized Ferrari and with his girlfriend Sloane head into Chicago for the day. While they are taking in what the city has to offer school principal Ed Rooney is convinced that Ferris is, not for the first time, playing hooky for the day and is hell bent to catch him out. Ferris has anticipated that, much to Rooney's chagrin. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Period:1980s
Story:school principal, principal, high school, high school senior, high school student, teen movie, teen angst, best friend, teenage boy, coming of age, shower, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, kiss

Coach Carter (2005)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Coach Carter (2005)

In 1999, Ken Carter accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that demand respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades for players. Any initial resistance is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray with too many doing poorly in class, Carter takes immediate action. To the outrage of the team, the school and the community, Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement. In the ensuing debate, Carter fights to keep his methods, determined to show the boys that they need good values for their futures and eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected. (Read More)

Locations:school
Story:basketball coach, unwed pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, high school, athlete, coach, basketball, teenage boy, party, father son relationship, fight

The Basketball Diaries (1995) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school basketball squad, Jim's life centers around the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. A best friend who is dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who takes unacceptable liberties with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and an unhealthy appetite for heroin -- all of these begin to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a basketball star. Soon, the dark streets of New York become a refuge from his mother's mounting concern for her son. He can't go home and his only escape from the reality of the streets is heroin for which he steals, robs and prostitutes himself. Only with the help of Reggie, an older neighborhood friend with whom Jim "picked up a game" now and then, is he able to begin the long journey back to sanity. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Story:basketball coach, high school, basketball player, basketball, high school student, teen angst, athlete, coach, best friend, falling from height, condom, face slap, teenage boy, coming of age, erection, fight, kiss

Teen Wolf (1985)
Comedy, Fantasy

Teen Wolf (1985)

Meet Scott Howard, a struggling high school student with problems. He is on a lackluster basketball team with a lame duck coach, he is having problems getting noticed by the prettiest girl in his school, Pamela Wells (who already has a boyfriend who wants to ruin Scott's life named Mick McAllister). But in the middle of it all, he feels an effects of a dog whistle and he itches everywhere and even discovers that his nails are longer and sharp. When he came home from a party, he discovers his new problem. He is a half human-wolf hybrid. He tries to keep this a secret, but during a basketball game the secret comes out and it helped Scott to turn his life around, the basketball team starts to become a contender for the state championships. He became very popular, and he was discovered by Pamela, and begin to go out with each other (despite that Pamela is still going out with Mick). However, Scott's father warns him about turning into the wolf out of anger. Scott must watch his anger as he can still win Pamela's heart and the High School Basketball State Championship game. This is why Teen Wolf (1985) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Period:1980s
Story:basketball coach, high school student, basketball, high school, teen movie, teen angst, coach, best friend, teenage boy, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male

Easy A (2010)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Easy A (2010)

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Themes:divorce
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school, school principal, letter, high school student, pretending, abstinence, principal, cafeteria, teen movie, freeze frame, best friend, basketball, condom, face slap, teenage boy, shower, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Music, Musical, Romance

High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

Troy and the gang of East High School are going through their senior year, facing graduating and going their separate ways. Coming to terms with the reality of it all, Troy wants to attend the nearby University of Albuquerque next year on a basketball scholarship, but Gabriella wants to attend Stanford University in California. Meanwhile, Sharpay, the school's shallow and spoiled rich girl, plots to go all out planning the school's final musical show with the idea to add music to her hopes and fears about the future. While Sharpay takes an up-and-coming British exchange student under her wing, her flamboyant fraternal twin brother, Ryan, has his sights set on something different after school. In addition, Troy's best friend and basketball teammate Chad, and Garbiella's best friend Taylor, all have their sights set on their plans after high school and come to terms with the reality of the real world. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Period:2000s
Story:high school, high school senior, no opening credits, basketball, digit in title, teenage boy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, number in title

Sixteen Candles (1984) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Comedy, Romance

Sixteen Candles (1984)

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The sixteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duk Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood. (Read More)

Locations:school
Period:1980s
Story:high school student, wild party, first date, geek, teen movie, high school, teen angst, teenage boy, coming of age, shower, party, father daughter relationship, number in title, two word title

The Breakfast Club (1985)
Comedy, Drama

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, 'Brian Johnson (XIV)' (qv) and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Characters:bully
Period:1980s
Story:high school, athlete, high school student, principal, geek, teen movie, janitor, teen angst, basketball, falling from height, teenage boy, coming of age, kiss

Dope (2015)
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Dope (2015)

A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into an "only in Los Angeles" gritty adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he'll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself. This is why Dope (2015) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Characters:bully
Story:high school student, reference to vanilla ice, geek, teen movie, high school, freeze frame, no opening credits, los angeles california, face slap, coming of age, party, bare chested male

The Spectacular Now (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

The Spectacular Now (2013)

Sutter Keely lives in the now. It's a good place for him. A high school senior, charming and self-possessed, he's the life of the party, loves his job at a men's clothing store, and has no plans for the future. A budding alcoholic, he's never far from his supersized, whiskey-fortified thirst-master cup. But after being dumped by his girlfriend, Sutter gets drunk and wakes up on a lawn with Aimee Finecky hovering over him. She's different: the "nice girl" who reads science fiction and doesn't have a boyfriend. While Aimee has dreams of a future, Sutter lives in the impressive delusion of a spectacular now, yet somehow, they're drawn together. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school senior, 17 year old, high school, fired from the job, best friend, teenage boy, coming of age, shower, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, kiss

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Comedy, Drama

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015)

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Themes:regret, anger
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school senior, high school student, 17 year old, cafeteria, geek, teen movie, high school, letter, teenage boy, coming of age, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, fight

13 Going On 30 (2004)
Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

13 Going On 30 (2004)

After total humiliation at her thirteenth birthday party, Jenna Rink wants to just hide until she's thirty. Thanks to some wishing dust, Jenna's prayer has been answered. With a knockout body, a dream apartment, a fabulous wardrobe, an athlete boyfriend, a dream job, and superstar friends, this can't be a better life. Unfortunately, Jenna realizes that this is not what she wanted. The only one that she needs is her childhood best friend, Matt, a boy that she thought destroyed her party. But when she finds him, he's a grown up, and not the same person that she knew. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Period:2000s, 1980s
Story:do over, body transformation, what if, body swap, wish, teen movie, high school, teen angst, athlete, best friend, party, digit in title, teenage boy, coming of age, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, bare chested male, number in title, kiss

He Got Game (1998)
Drama, Sport

He Got Game (1998)

Tells the story of Jesus Shuttlesworth, the most sought after high school basketball prospect in the nation. Jesus and his dream to make it to the big ranks in professional basketball are overshadowed by his father, Jake, who is spending his life in prison for killing Jesus' mother.

Locations:school
Story:basketball coach, basketball player, basketball, high school, athlete, teenage boy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship

Election (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Election (1999)

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Metzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. This is why Election (1999) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Themes:divorce, anger
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school student, teen movie, janitor, high school, teen angst, athlete, freeze frame, fired from the job, teenage boy, coming of age, shower, party, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, kiss

Weird Science (1985) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Comedy, Romance, Sci-fi

Weird Science (1985)

Two unpopular teenagers, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, fail at all attempts to be accepted by their peers. Their desperation to be liked leads them to "create" a woman via their computer. Their living and breathing creation is a gorgeous woman, Lisa, whose purpose is to boost their confidence level by putting them into situations which require Gary and Wyatt to act like men. On their road to becoming accepted, they encounter many hilarious obstacles, which gives the movie an overall sense of silliness. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully
Period:1980s
Story:high school student, geek, wish, teen movie, high school, teen angst, freeze frame, best friend, face slap, teenage boy, coming of age, shower, erection, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, two word title, kiss

Radio (2003)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Radio (2003)

Football coach Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community.

Locations:school
Characters:bully
Story:school principal, high school, coach, high school student, basketball, father daughter relationship

Carrie (2013)
Drama, Horror

Carrie (2013)

The outcast teenager Carrie White is bullied by her classmates at high school. Her mother, Margaret White, is a pious and paranoid woman that sees sin everywhere and the need of self-inflicting punishment. When Carrie has her first period, she does not understand what is happening to her and her classmates humiliate her in the changing room. The spiteful Chris Hargensen videotapes Carrie with her cell phone and posts it on the Internet. Their teacher Ms. Desjardin punishes the students, but when Chris challenges her, she is suspended and consequently is banned from the prom. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers that she has telekinesis and learns how to control her ability. Sue Snell, one of the girls that tormented Carrie, feels bad and asks her boyfriend Tommy Ross to invite Carrie to go with him to the prom to make up for what she did to Carrie. But Chris and her boyfriend Billy Nolan plot an evil prank with her friends to seek vengeance for Carrie. (Read More)

Themes:regret, anger
Locations:school
Characters:bully
Story:teenage pregnancy, high school student, 17 year old, cafeteria, teen movie, high school, teen angst, person on fire, face slap, pregnancy, coming of age, shower, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bare chested male, kiss

Elephant (2003)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Elephant (2003)

A day in the lives of a group of average teenage high school students. The film follows every character and shows their daily routines. However two of the students plan to do something that the student body won't forget.

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Story:high school student, cafeteria, teen movie, high school, teenage boy, shower, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship

Pretty In Pink (1986) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Pretty In Pink (1986)

Teenager Andie is one of the not-so-popular girls in high school. She usually hangs out with her friends Iona or Duckie. Duckie has always had a crush on her, but now she has met a new guy at school, Blane. He's one of the rich and popular guys but can the two worlds meet? This is why Pretty In Pink (1986) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Period:1980s
Story:high school student, teen movie, high school, teen angst, teenage boy, coming of age, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, kiss

The Invisible (2007)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

The Invisible (2007)

Nick Powell is an excellent high-school student who raises money by selling homework and results of quizzes to his schoolmates. He aims to travel to London for a writer's course - telling his best friend, Pete Egan, that he has already bought the airplane ticket but he has not told to his mother yet. Annie Newton has a problem with Pete, who owes money to her. As events unfold, due to a case of mistaken identity Nick takes a severe beating from Annie and her gang, his body dumped in a sewer. The next morning, he discovers he cannot be seen - he is now a spirit in a state of limbo and can only observe as the events of that day unfold. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school student, high school, teen angst, falling from height, face slap, teenage boy, shower, party, father daughter relationship, bare chested male

Menace II Society (1993)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school student, teen movie, high school, no opening credits, los angeles california, pregnancy, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, number in title, fight

Parenthood (1989)
Comedy, Drama

Parenthood (1989)

The story of the Buckman family and friends, attempting to bring up their children. They suffer/enjoy all the events that occur: estranged relatives, the "black sheep" of the family, the eccentrics, the skeletons in the closet, and the rebellious teenagers.

Locations:school
Story:school principal, unplanned pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, teen angst, pregnancy, teenage boy, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, kiss

The Hot Chick (2002) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Comedy, Fantasy

The Hot Chick (2002)

Jessica Spencer is the hottest, most popular girl in high school. Jessica, her best friend April, and a couple of other hot girls Lulu and Keecia visit the mall to hang out and do some shopping. They enter a new age store, where they check out a pair of ancient earrings. Unbeknownst to Jessica, these are magical ones set in ancient Abyssinia. A princess known as Princess Nawa is disgusted by the groom of her arranged marriage and switches bodies with a slave girl by means of an enchanted set of earrings. Since the earrings are not for sale, Jessica steals them. But the next morning she gets a big dose of reality when she wakes up in the body of a 30-something lowlife male, Clive, a career criminal. Clive finds himself in Jessica's body. Now it's up to Jessica (in Clive's body) to find a way to get her body back, while Clive (in Jessica's body) takes advantage of his new body to set in motion a crime spree to put the blame on Jessica! (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Period:2000s
Story:high school, high school student, body transformation, body switching, body swap, teen movie, janitor, best friend, basketball, erection, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, fight, kiss

Never Been Kissed (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Never Been Kissed (1999)

Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. This is why Never Been Kissed (1999) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Locations:school
Period:1980s
Story:geek, high school, high school student, sex education, cafeteria, teen movie, teen angst, athlete, coach, sword, teenage boy, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bare chested male, kiss

Saved! (2004)
Comedy, Drama

Saved! (2004)

Mary is a senior at American Eagle Christian High School in suburban Baltimore. She considers herself born again, despite the fact that her rebirth was at age three. Her best girlfriends are two classmates that comprise the Christian Jewels band with her. Hilary Faye is the alpha Christian, who outwardly is perfect, especially in her connection to God. And Veronica is ethnic Vietnamese who was adopted and thus saved by a black Christian couple. A third is Tia, who is generally an outsider in her geek status but who aspires to be in this Christian clique. Also within their social circle solely out of necessity is Hilary Faye's older brother Roland, who has been in a wheelchair since age nine after falling out of a tree, and who, out of family obligation Hilary Faye transports everywhere including to/from school. Beyond that transportation, Roland and Hilary Faye generally have disdain for each other. One of Hilary Faye's God driven missions for the year is to save Cassandra, a Jewish girl new to the school, she who was expelled from her last school and is only attending a faith based school as a marginally better option than the alternative. Mary's world starts to fall apart just before the start of the school year when her boyfriend, Dean, admits to her that he thinks he is gay. Mary receives what she believes are messages from God, including one indirectly through Hilary Faye, leading to her thinking she can save Dean by having sex with him, God who will restore her spiritual virginity because of this act. The outcome is that Dean is sent away for conversion therapy and outed anyway, and Mary becomes pregnant, something she doesn't tell Dean or any of those closest to her, including her mother, Lillian. Her pregnancy affects how she treats another new student, Patrick - the son of Pastor Skip, the school's principal - the two who are attracted to each other. Beyond Mary trying to figure out what to do, Mary's Christian faith is tested by events around her because of Dean and/or her pregnancy, as well as by many Christians justifying what may be considered sins in having a higher Godly purpose, which she is unaware includes a relationship between her mother and married Pastor Skip. (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:principal, high school, high school senior, unplanned pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, high school student, sex education, geek, teen movie, teen angst, pregnancy, teenage boy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, kiss

American Pie (1999)
Comedy

American Pie (1999)

Jim, Oz, Finch and Kevin are four friends who make a pact that before they graduate they will all lose their virginity. The hard job now is how to reach that goal by prom night. Whilst Oz begins singing to grab attention and Kevin tries to persuade his girlfriend, Finch tries any easy route of spreading rumors and Jim fails miserably. Whether it is being caught on top of a pie or on the Internet, Jim always ends up with his trusty sex advice from his father. Will they achieve their goal of getting laid by prom night? Or will they learn something much different? (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Story:school party, high school student, teen movie, high school, teen angst, teenage boy, coming of age, erection, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, two word title

Central Intelligence (2016) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Action, Comedy, Crime

Central Intelligence (2016)

Calvin Joyner was voted in high school the guy most likely to succeed. 20 years later he's an accountant. As his high school reunion approaches, he tries to make contact with his old schoolmates. And someone named Bob Stone contacts him. He says that he was known as Robbie Weirdicht in school. Calvin remembers that he was picked on, as a matter of fact after an extremely nasty prank he left school. They agree to meet and Calvin is surprised by how much he has changed. Bob asks Calvin to help him out. He says yes and the next thing he knows some men burst into his home. They're CIA, the one in charge is looking for Stone, she says he's a rogue agent. When they can't find Bob they leave. Later he approaches Calvin telling him, he is not a rogue agent, he's trying to find a person known as the Black Badger who is planning to sell some information that in the wrong hands can be disastrous. so he needs Calvin's help to stop him. Calvin's not sure whom he should believe. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully
Story:star athlete, high school senior, high school student, high school, freeze frame, no opening credits, bridge, falling from height, face slap, pregnancy, coming of age, shower, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, kiss, fight

Project X (2012)
Comedy

Project X (2012)

It's Thomas Kub's 17th birthday and all he wants to do is throw a small party with some friends to help raise his social status and maybe even get lucky. But when his best friend Costa starts calling radio stations and putting ads up on Craigslist, you can be sure that this party is going to get really out of hand really fast. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school, high school senior, teen movie, freeze frame, person on fire, party, erection, father son relationship

Varsity Blues (1999)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport

Varsity Blues (1999)

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. This is why Varsity Blues (1999) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:coach, high school senior, high school student, sex education, teen movie, high school, teenage boy, coming of age, erection, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, kiss

Drillbit Taylor (2008)
Comedy, Drama

Drillbit Taylor (2008)

Homeless veteran Bob 'Drillbit' Taylor manages to enjoy life anyhow and even saves some cash for his dream, an 'all-paid' move to Alaska, even if that may take many years. His dream comes within reach when clever nerd Wade, has fat friend Ryan 'T-dog' and cocky shrimp Jim, all new to high-school, are bullied so badly by emancipated Filkins and his buddies that they advertise for a bodyguard. Only Drillbit seems affordable and not crazy, so he's hired and drains their pocket-money and home content. He's clueless how to protect them but gives them (bogus) self-defense classes. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Period:2000s
Story:high school student, high school, sword, los angeles california, teenage boy, shower, two word title, fight

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Drama, Romance

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky, this is about 15-year-old Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs. The introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors, Sam and Patrick, who welcome him to the real world. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Story:high school, school principal, high school senior, high school student, first date, cafeteria, teen movie, best friend, letter, condom, face slap, teenage boy, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, fight, kiss

Kick-ass (2010)
Action, Comedy

Kick-ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully
Story:high school, high school student, mistaken for gay, reference to batman, bowling alley, cafeteria, person on fire, falling from height, sword, teenage boy, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, fight

The Last Picture Show (1971)
Drama

The Last Picture Show (1971)

In tiny Anarene, Texas, in the lull between World War Two and the Korean Conflict, Sonny and Duane are best friends. Enduring that awkward period of life between boyhood and manhood, the two pass their time the best way they know how -- with the movie house, football, and girls. Jacey is Duane's steady, wanted by every boy in school, and she knows it. Her daddy is rich and her mom is good looking and loose. It's the general consensus that whoever wins Jacey's heart will be set for life. But Anarene is dying a quiet death as folks head for the big cities to make their livings and raise their kids. The boys are torn between a future somewhere out there beyond the borders of town or making do with their inheritance of a run-down pool hall and a decrepit movie house -- the legacy of their friend and mentor, Sam the Lion. As high school graduation approaches, they learn some difficult lessons about love, loneliness, and jealousy. Then folks stop attending the second-run features at the movie house and the time comes for the last picture show. With the closure of the movie house, the boys feel that a stage of their lives is closing. They stand uneasily on the threshold of the rest of their lives. (The movie was adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:basketball coach, high school, high school student, teen movie, teen angst, coach, basketball, teenage boy, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, fight, kiss

The To Do List (2013)
Comedy, Romance

The To Do List (2013)

Brandy Klark ('Aubrey Plaza (I)' (qv)) has just graduated from high school where she excelled in every subject, except real-life sexual education. When her older sister tells her how important it is to be experienced, Brandy writes out a sex to do list for herself for the summer. Her friend Cameron might be the perfect guinea pig while she sets her sights on the popular and sexy Rusty Waters as the ultimate end goal. But once feelings get in the way, it becomes much harder for Brandy to check off the remaining items on her sex to do list. This is why The To Do List (2013) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school senior, high school student, high school, best friend, teenage boy, party, father daughter relationship, bare chested male, kiss

White Oleander (2002) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Drama

White Oleander (2002)

Astrid Magnussen is a 15 year old girl, living in California. Her mother, Ingrid, is a beautiful, free-spirited poet. Their life, though unusual, is satisfying until one day, a man named Barry Kolker (that her mother refers to at first as "The goat man") comes into their lives, and Ingrid falls madly in love with him, only to have her heart broken, and her life ruined. For revenge, Ingrid murders Barry with the deadly poison of her favourite flower: The White Oleander. She is sent to prison for life, and Astrid has to go through foster home after foster home. Throughout nearly a decade she experiences forbidden love, religion, near-death experiences, drugs, starvation, and how it feels to be loved. But throughout these years, she keeps in touch with her mother via letters to prison. And while Ingrid's gift is to give Astrid the power to survive, Astrid's gift is to teach her Mother about love. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, anger
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school, teen angst, chess, judge, letter, los angeles california, pregnancy, teenage boy, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, two word title, fight, kiss

Fucking Amal (1998)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fucking Amal (1998)

Amal is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully
Story:cafeteria, teen movie, teen angst, bridge, face slap, party, teenage boy, shower, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, two word title, fight, kiss

Juno (2007)
Comedy, Drama

Juno (2007)

A tale told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16-year-old high-school junior in Minnesota, discovers she's pregnant after one event in a chair with her best friend, Bleeker. In the waiting room of an abortion clinic, the quirky and whip-sharp Juno decides to give birth and to place the child with an adoptive couple. She finds one in the PennySaver personals, contacts them, tells her dad and step-mother, and carries on with school. The chosen parents, upscale yuppies (one of whom is cool and laid back, the other meticulous and uptight), meet Juno, sign papers, and the year unfolds. Will Juno's plan work, can she improvise, and what about Bleeker? (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Story:unwed pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, high school student, teen movie, high school, teen angst, pregnancy, best friend, condom, teenage boy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, kiss

Big (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Big (1988)

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again? (Read More)

Characters:bully, friend
Period:1980s
Story:do over, body transformation, what if, body switching, body swap, wish, best friend, basketball, teenage boy, coming of age, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bare chested male, kiss

Heavenly Creatures (1994) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship. This is why Heavenly Creatures (1994) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Themes:divorce
Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:pretending, wish, teen movie, teen angst, fired from the job, letter, sword, face slap, coming of age, party, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, two word title, kiss

Crossroads (2002)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Crossroads (2002)

Three best friends get together and bury a box, making a pact to open it at midnight at their high school graduation. In the small town in Georgia that they live in, things soon change. One is little miss perfect, one is an engaged prom queen, and the other is a pregnant outcast. On the night of their graduation, they open the box and they strike up a conversation. Suddenly, one brings up the topic of her going to Los Angeles for a record contract audition. They all decide to go together and they leave. With a little money, they set out on the road with a guy named Ben. When one of them tells the other a rumor that he might be a homicidal maniac, they are all scared of him. When they reach Los Angeles, Lucy (Britney Spears) falls in love with Ben and against her father's wishes, she stays and she goes to the audition. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Period:2000s
Story:teenage pregnancy, teen movie, high school, los angeles california, pregnancy, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, bare chested male, kiss

Cursed (2005)
Comedy, Horror

Cursed (2005)

Ellie has been taking care of her younger brother Jimmy since their parents death. One night after picking him up from a party they are involved in a car accident on Mullholland Drive. While trying to rescue a woman from the other car a creature attacks and kills her, also injuring both Ellie and Jimmy. After some research Jimmy realizes the creature could only have been a werewolf. (Read More)

Characters:bully
Period:2000s
Story:high school student, geek, teen movie, high school, falling from height, sword, los angeles california, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, bare chested male, fight, kiss

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Comedy, Drama

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Period:1980s
Story:high school, unwed pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, cafeteria, teen movie, teen angst, fired from the job, los angeles california, pregnancy, coming of age

Blue Valentine (2010) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Drama, Romance

Blue Valentine (2010)

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues. (Read More)

Themes:divorce, anger
Locations:school
Story:unplanned pregnancy, pretending, first date, janitor, high school, judge, bridge, face slap, pregnancy, shower, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, bare chested male, two word title, fight, kiss

Clueless (1995)
Comedy, Romance

Clueless (1995)

Cher, a high school student in Beverly Hills, must survive the ups and downs of adolescent life. Her external demeanor at first seems superficial, but rather it hides her wit, charm, and intelligence which help her to deal with relationships, friends, family, school, and the all-important teenage social life. This is why Clueless (1995) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009). (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:friend
Story:high school student, teen movie, high school, teen angst, no opening credits, los angeles california, teenage boy, coming of age, party

Never Back Down (2008)
Action, Drama, Sport

Never Back Down (2008)

At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. (Read More)

Locations:school
Characters:bully
Story:high school student, teen movie, high school, face slap, party, father son relationship, bare chested male, fight

Paranoid Park (2007)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Paranoid Park (2007)

The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of his parents and the sexual heat of his virgin girlfriend Jennifer, Alex writes his last experiences in Paranoid Park with his new acquaintances and how the guard was killed, trying to relieve his feeling of guilty from his conscience. (Read More)

Themes:anger
Locations:school
Story:high school student, cafeteria, separation, high school, bridge, letter, teenage boy, shower, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship

Rumble Fish (1983) is one of the best movies like 17 Again (2009)
Drama

Rumble Fish (1983)

Rusty James is the leader of a small, dying gang in an industrial town. He lives in the shadow of the memory of his absent, older brother -- The Motorcycle Boy. His mother has left, his father drinks, school has no meaning for him and his relationships are shallow. He is drawn into one more gang fight and the events that follow begin to change his life. (Read More)

Locations:school
Story:school principal, high school student, teen movie, high school, teen angst, best friend, bridge, teenage boy, coming of age, party, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, fight, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, bare chested male, two word title

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Comedy

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley.

Locations:school
Characters:bully, friend
Story:bowling alley, cafeteria, geek, teen movie, high school, basketball, face slap, teenage boy, boyfriend girlfriend relationship

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