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Five Coming-of-Age Movies You Need to Revisit

Sure, a new release is great, but an old favourite you loved growing up? Priceless. We've rounded up five nostalgic flicks that will totally make you go, "Holy shit, I totally forgot about that one!"


Stand by Me (1986)

Best line: “Here’s what we got for you kid—try not to lose it.”

Star power: River Phoenix, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell

The plot: Four kids set out to find the body of a missing kid in the summer of 1959.

Why you need to watch it again: Sure, the premise is morbid, but it’s also the kind of flick you never, ever forget.



Dirty Dancing (1987)

Best line: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” (Obviously. Close second—“I carried a watermelon.”)

Star power: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey

The plot: Frances “Baby” Houseman visits resort Kellerman’s with her family in summer ’63 and falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle.

Why you need to watch it again: You probably don’t need a reason, let’s be honest. The nostalgia alone is enough to have you popping the popcorn.



Mystic Pizza (1988)

Best line: “Jesus Christ, these shoes are killing me…” (You gotta watch for the rest.)

Star power: Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, Vincent D’Onofrio

The plot: Three 20-something servers at the best pizza place in Mystic, Connecticut, figure out their futures.

Why you need to watch it again: Firstly, Julia Roberts swears her face off, which makes for an entertaining 104 minutes, but secondly, the chemistry between Roberts, Gish and Taylor is a total delight.


My Girl (1991)

Best line: “Get outta here! And don’t come back for five to seven days!”

Star power: Anna Chlumsky, Macauley Culkin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dan Aykroyd

The plot: Vada Sultenfuss, the quintessential ’70s kid, spends the summer with her father, funeral director Harry; Harry’s girlfriend, Shelly; and her best friend, Thomas J.

Why you need to watch it again: We hesitate to tell you to watch it again because chances are, you know how it ends. But up until the last 30 minutes? Total magic.


Now and Then (1995)

Best line: “Jello is too jiggly. Pudding has a heavier, more realistic texture.”

Star power: Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffman, Melanie Griffith, Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, Devon Sawa, Hank Azaria, Jeaneane Garofalo, Brendan Fraser

The plot: Just as the title implies, this movie flashes from the ’90s to the summer of 1970 and back again, to show how that season was the turning point for four best friends.

Why you need to watch it again: Aside from the fact that this star-studded cast is something to behold, you probably watched this as a kid and it will feel completely different as an adult.


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