For the last installment of quarantine streaming recommendations, we bring you teen movies, comedies and dramedies.
Favorites are bolded.
“Lady Bird” (Amazon Prime)
Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut cured my depression, cleared my pores and simultaneously validated my concerns about my flaws as a person while making me want to be a better person.
“Eighth Grade” (Amazon Prime)
A wrenching, honest look at what it’s like to be a Gen-Z tween.
“The Kings of Summer” (Amazon Prime)
A group of teenage boys builds a house in the woods and moves in for the summer. It was also filmed in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. If you look closely, you can see Plain Dealer mailboxes.
I have no words.
A popular high school teacher sabotages the campaign of a class president hopeful, after she inadvertently sabotages his best friend’s life.
I know Olivia Wilde wishes “Booksmart” wasn’t called “a female ‘Superbad,’” and I don’t mean to be anti-feminist, but that’s just what it is.
“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (Hulu)
High school in the 1980s, written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Amy Heckerling.
“The Edge of Seventeen” (Netflix)
An already struggling teen starts struggling more when her best friend begins dating her older brother.
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (Netflix)
I find myself sympathizing with Jeanie more and more.
“The Bling Ring” (Netflix)
It’s illegal to watch this film without reading Nancy Jo Sales’ iconic 2010 Vanity Fair article, “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” before or afterward.
“The Disaster Artist” (Amazon Prime)
A dramatic (but maybe not?) reenactment of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s iconic film “The Room.”
“Bridesmaids” (HBO Go)
The film that paved the way for dozens of other female-led wedding-oriented comedies, none of which have been quite as funny.
“Crazy, Stupid, Love.” (HBO Go)
Since this came out in 2011, it has been re-watched to death and widely declared problematic. I agree, but you can decide for yourself if you have HBO Go.
“What About Bob?” (HBO Go)
Bill Murray plays a guy with debilitating anxiety who follows his therapist (Richard Dreyfuss) to his family vacation home. His therapist’s family instantly warms to him, and Dreyfuss is not amused.
“Raising Arizona” (HBO Go)
A couple struggling to conceive kidnaps one of a set of quintuplets. Chaos ensues.
“National Lampoon’s European Vacation” (Hulu)
Live vicariously through the Griswolds as they go to Europe (in a film that was directed by Amy Heckerling, BTW).
“National Lampoon’s Animal House” (Hulu)
My dad, who served as social chair of his fraternity in the 1980s, has assured me that this is a realistic depiction of Greek life.
“Landline” (Amazon Prime)
Two sisters — one out of the house, one a teenager — find out their father is having an affair. Jenny Slate, who plays the older sister, makes it funny.
“The Favourite” (HBO Go)
Arguably Joe Alwyn’s breakout role.
“The Kids Are All Right” (HBO Go)
Children of a lesbian couple identify their sperm donor, who becomes part of the family’s life.
“Frances Ha” (Netflix)
After her longtime best friend essentially kicks her out of their apartment, a 20-something woman flounders in New York (and, briefly, Paris).
“The Lobster” (Netflix)
In the world of “The Lobster,” those who don’t marry by a certain age are sent to retreats to couple up. If they don’t mate, they’re turned into the animal of their choice.
“Private Life” (Netflix)
A funny, devastating portrait of a hip New York couple struggling with fertility.
“20th Century Women” (Netflix)
A single mother — along with a host of other women — raises her teenage son in 1979 California.