21 Teen Movies Whose Adults Were the Real Heroes

The principal in ‘The Breakfast Club’ had every right to hate those kids
21 Teen Movies Whose Adults Were the Real Heroes

When you think about it, it’s pretty weird that movies are divided by age into only three categories: the first 10 years of life, the next 10 and all the rest of it. There’s a much bigger difference between 30 and 80 than there is between 15 and 20, yet there was never a “middle age” or “golden oldies” section of Blockbuster. Hollywood is hyper-focused on the teen years, probably because people are very good looking at 22, the ideal age for actors to play teenagers.

But with so much of your life spent getting farther and farther from teenagehood, you’ve got plenty of time to realize all those hot kids were dumb as hell. With the wisdom of age and the regulation of hormones, you come to an understanding that the parents and teachers in the movies were just trying to make sure those little assholes didn’t ruin their lives. That’s why, when user roix_ducat asked r/AskReddit, “What teen movie is the epitome of ‘the older I get, the more I agree with the adult’?,” thousands of Redditors could name a perfectly reasonable movie adult who couldn’t catch a break.

Dirty Dancing

Ice Princess

The Breakfast Club

Sixteen Candles

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Animal House

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Karate Kid


Dead Poets Society

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

10 Things I Hate About You



Empire Records

Cadet Kelly

The Lizzie McGuire Movie

A Goofy Movie

Mean Girls

American Pie

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