Sometimes I worry that I have not grown up properly because I still favour teen books, films, magazines and fashion. Surely some chemicals in my brain should have arrived by now to turn me into a 'real' adult? Anyway. There's a lot of great films out there which I think not enough people have seen, perhaps because they watch movies with adult characters or perhaps just because they missed them. So here they are: my top ten underrated but brilliant teen angst films. Not feel-good teen movies, nesessarily, but ones which say, Hey. Growing up is hard. It might get better someday.
10. Daydream Nation
9. The Art of Getting By
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. Paper Heart
4. The Craft
A fresh-faced Winona Ryder tries to escape her mother's overbearing sexiness. She wants to become a nun but is also crushing on a cute guy. She's neurotic, daydreaming, and totally angst-ridden.
2. Charlie Bartlett
Charlie is a super rich genius who decides to be a psychiatrist and deals pharmaceutical drugs to the students of a high school based on the psychological symptoms they describe. It's surprisingly funny and smart. Charlie is really likeable, sort of a child and an adult at the same time.
1. Ghost World