My favourite films about growing up. My adolescence was abit more like the Inbetweeners without the funny bits, so watching films about kids coming of age and young adults sorting out their problems in a positive always cheered me up no end. All of these films are sad as they are funny, and although I’d found Stand By Me too sentimental to include here, I like the line ‘nothing was ever the same as it was when I was 10’. I don’t think any of these titles, despite their nostalgia, give into sentimentality, but show the character’s behaving badly, honestly and unapologetically, and not being ruined or stereotyped as in Trainspotting, American Pie, Meanstreets, or Larry Clark films. They also have some wonderful lines

Metropolitan ‘I guess this is how it starts, you lose your ability to perform even the most basic tasks’

 Dazed and Confused ‘let’s get tickets for Aerosmith, man…’

 Hope and Glory ‘I like your tights, they seem to dissappear straight up your ass-‘

 Swingers ‘You’re a big bear, and you’re looking at this beautiful little bunny, and you look at your claws and think ‘with these knives, how do I kill this bunny?!”

 Annie Hall ‘That’s right, you’re a fool, you know nothing about Fellini!’

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ‘Bueller?…………………Bueller?….’

 Wanderers ‘I said you look like pricks without ears!’

 American Graffiti ‘open that glovebox, and file this under chickenshit’

 Diner ‘Do you ever feel like there’s something going on that we don’t know about?’



PALOOKAVILLE, Adam Trese, Vincent Gallo, William Forsythe, 1995, (c) Samuel Goldwyn