As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.” ~ Johnny Depp
Teenage years are by far some of the worst years for anyone who is a social outsider or deviates from the norm.
It’s a time when we are at our most vulnerable. Our personalities are still in formation, and not only do we struggle to accept ourselves, but we also feel the social necessity to be accepted by others as well.
Actors like Johnny Depp are so popular because deep down everyone feels slightly like an outsider, insecure, quirky and different. Sometimes even the most popular of people feel this way.
One of the greatest experiences about watching movies is the moment when we find a character that we identify with. Below you’ll find an array of films that will take you back to high school days, where the socially awkward, the stoners and the kooks haunted the hauls.
Here are my top 5 picks:
This cult favorite film by Wes Anderson is the quirky coming of age story of Max Fischer, a highly eccentric 15 year old boy who is proud to attend the tenth grade at Rushmore Academy. Max is a poor student with big dreams and a love of extracurricular activities. He also has a terrible habit of lying and falling in love with the wrong people, leading to terrible consequences.
The Wackness (2008)
It’s 1994, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City. One of his clients is a psychiatrist who is put into a moral dilemma when Luke, who has been supplying him with marijuana in exchange for clinical treatment, ends up dating his daughter.
Charlie, an endearing, introverted and naive 15 year old outsider is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. This is a modern coming of age story in which Charlie struggles to find somewhere he belongs, while at the same time struggles to coping with love, death and his own inner demons.
If you liked Rushmore, Submarine in a similar French new wave style of film. Oliver Tate is not your average 15 year old. Some of his hobbies include monitoring his parents sex life by charting the dimmer switch in their bedroom, as well as writing suggestive love letters from his mom to his dad. Oliver also has a crush on Jordana, a self-professed pyromaniac who he attempts to seduce in order to achieve one of his two ambitions in life: to lose his virginity before his next birthday. His second ambition is to save his parents marriage from Graham, the New Age weirdo who his mom is having an affair with.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko is a troubled but bright loner who also has a dark and willfully eccentric side. He doesn’t get along too well with his family, his teachers or classmates and is plagued by visions of a large rabbit named Frank that manipulates him to commit a series of dangerous and destructive pranks. Darko soon begins to believe that Frank is prophesying his future demise.
If you have any further movies to add to this list, or any personal favorites, let me know below!