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Coming of Age, Documentary
Director Nanette Burstein's film features a familiar cast of high school characters: the geek, jock, spoilt princess, golden boy and arty outsider. The catch is that they weren't dreamt up by a Hollywood scriptwriter: they are real students at a small-town high school in Indiana. Burstein's camera follows their senior year, showing not just how they live up to universal stereotypes but revealing what lies beneath. American Teen will get you rooting for (at least) one of its characters, and also pondering some fascinating questions about life imitating art.
Jane Austen's comedy of manners Emma gets a valley girl update as Alicia Silverstone's so-not-an-airhead struggles with love and life.
11+ years 93 mins
Terrific and unusual comedy about two wisecracking high school graduates who realise it's time to grow up.
14+ years 107 mins
Essential drama as a socially disparate group of high school teens spend their saturday detention growing toward each other.
14+ years 92 mins
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