The “coming-of-age” genre makes for extremely relatable films as they follow the protagonist from youth into adulthood. Let’s take a look at some wildly popular coming-of-age comedies.

Clueless (1995)

Available on: Netflix
This film is a romantic comedy that focuses on the life of Cher (Alicia Silverstone), a very wealthy and popular girl and her friends. In an attempt to do some good deeds, Cher takes pity on Tai (Brittany Murphy) – a tragically unhip girl and transforms her.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Available on: Netflix
This classic is a comedy-drama that stars five teenagers – Anthony Michael Hall – the brain, Emilio Estevez – the athlete, Molly Ringwald – the princess, Ally Sheedy – the basket case, and Judd Nelson – the criminal. Each from different cliques, they are forced to spend the day with each other at detention. As the day comes to an end, they realize that they have a lot more in common than they realize.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Available on: Netflix
The lead character Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a high-school slacker who spends a day off from school by pretending to be sick. He devises a plan and goes on a road trip with Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) and Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara). In this film, Ferris regularly breaks the fourth wall to give the audience advice.

Princess Diaries (2001)

Available on: Netflix and Hotstar
This coming-of-age teen comedy revolves around a shy high school student Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) who learns that she is the sole heir to the throne of the European kingdom of Genovia. Mia undergoes a drastic transformation under the tutelage of her estranged grandmother. Now she must decide if she will claim the throne or renounce her title permanently.

Mean Girls (2004)

Available on: Amazon Prime
This is a classic teen comedy cult film that has a fan following around the world. We meet Lindsey Lohan who is new at her school. With difficulty, she befriends Janis Ian (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian Leigh (Daniel Franzese) who educate her on the school’s various cliques and warn her to avoid the most popular one, the Plastics. As the film progresses, it gets nasty and the only thing at stake is one’s reputation.

Superbad (2007)

Available on: Netflix
This 2007 film directed by Greg Mottola features two boys – Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) – who are invited to a party and want to impress their crushes by buying alcohol. As the night progresses, situations get crazy, chaotic and hilarious.

Easy A (2010)

Available on: Netflix
This teenage comedy revolves around Olive (Emma Stone), who leads a normal life until a rumor about her losing her virginity surfaces. Instead of correcting this rumor, Olive embraces it. Boys who usually have no luck with girls beg her to pretend to have sex with them. Thus ensues a fun and hilarious ride for Olive and everyone around her.

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