Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tens List with Christine Seifert - The Predicteds Blog Tour

Please welcome Christine Seifert, author of The Predicteds, to the blog today. She is here to share her favorite teen movies.

I adore teen movies, especially now that I’m not a teenager anymore. There’s something really satisfying about reliving those pivotal moments with the knowledge that you don’t have to do it again. Ever. High school is hard. The bravest people out there are high-schoolers. Most ofus thirty-somethings couldn’t hack it these days. So teen movies are a safe way for all of us toexperience the drama and chaos in a safe and controlled environment.

Here are my faves, including why I think my favorite characters from that movie are admiration-worthy:

10. The Breakfast Club—Emilio Estevez might have had to spend Saturday in detention, but he showed real courage at home in real life. His brother is Charlie Sheen! Imagine what that’s like.

9. She’s All That—Rachel Leigh Cook had to play nerd-girl Laney Boggs and pretend to be homely for like eighty-seven minutes (until she gets the requisite make-over).

8. Pretty in Pink—Molly Ringwald played free-spirited Andie Walsh with grace and charm. And she had to wear pink flowered granny dresses while pretending to like them. Brave.

7. Can’t Buy Me Love—Amanda Peterson got to be golden girl Cindy Mancini, but she had to pull off a two-piece white suede suit with fringe. Not easy, people!

6. Cruel Intentions—Sweet Reese Witherspoon had to go head-to-head with uber-witch Sarah Michelle Gellar. And SMG in this movie makes the real mean girls look like bunny rabbits.

5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—Poor Cameron spent the whole movie as a third-wheel to super- cool Ferris and smokin’ hot Sloane Peterson.

4. Clueless—Alicia Silverstone might have had everything, but she also had to resist hunky, idealistic Josh played by a very young and lovable Paul Rudd. Let’s not even get started on that horrible yellow plaid suit she had to wear.

3. Just One of the Guys—This one of those not-watched-enough movies. When it comes on cable, sit down and watch it. Joyce Hyser plays a teen girl who wants to be journalist, but to get the gig, she has to switch high schools and pretend to be a guy. She manages to rock a Pat Benatar haircut with only a minimal laugh factor.

2. Fast Times at Ridgemont High—Sean Penn plays stoner/surfer Jeff Spicoli, and he has to face off with Mr. Hand, the meanest teacher in the history of high school movies. Back in the day, I felt sorry for those kids at Ridgemont. Now I just wish I could be more like Mr. Hand! That’s how I know I’m getting old.

1. Heathers—This is the ultimate high school movie. Everybody either drinks drain cleaner or gets hit by a dump truck. It seems to be some kind of metaphor.

The best thing about high school is that most of the time, it’s not so bad. We all survive it, and then we can watch high school movies and wish that we were back there again.

What are your favorite high school movies? I need a few for my Netflix queue.


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  1. OMG yes yes yes! LOVE this list. ADORE The Breakfast Club!

  2. The Breakfast Club is the Citizen Kane of the '80s!