6 Super Flicks About First Love
First crushes are sweet – sometimes bittersweet – but when it comes to first love, there’s nothing more powerful in a teenager’s life. There are so many great films on this subject, it was hard to narrow them down. So we decided to offer up a smattering of romantic stories in different genres – from horror to mystery, comedy and drama… Here we go!
Paper Towns is a moving, quirky romantic mystery from the author of The Fault in Our Stars, and while it’s cloaked in genre trappings, at its soft center, it is a story of self-discovery, friendship, and of course, love. After nerd Quentin (Nat Wolff) and pretty girl Margo (Cara Delevingne) go on an unexpected, all-night adventure on the eve of graduation, Margo vanishes. Quentin follows a series of clues to find the young woman he’s been in love with since the day he set eyes on her. It’s fun to follow him down the rabbit hole, and where it winds up is quite fitting.
After a chance encounter, mixtape making Nick (Michael Cera) and music fan Norah (Kat Dennings) embark on a journey through New York’s indie rock scene on a quest to find the secret show of a legendary band, and wind up finding each other. It seems their love is predestined by their names, a tribute to the cool couple in The Thin Man series of golden-era Hollywood classics, but this movie has a definite modern, hipster feel to it – even if Nick does drive a yellow Yugo.
Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she looks back at her short but eventful life and the love that’s defined her in the past year. Mia has two loves: playing classical cello, and her punk-rocker boyfriend, Adam (Jamie Blackley), and it seems she must choose between them when she applies to Julliard School of Music, and his band gets signed, which will force the couple apart either way. If I Stay, in spite of its fantasy underpinnings, is one of the most realistic and moving stories of first love and the importance of family.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name, we watch as Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must defeat his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes in order to win her heart. Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is the object of his affection, and while at first it seems the fight is worth it, Scott begins to doubt it as the comedy of errors spirals out of control. Presented in a comic book meets video game style, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a visual vortex of fun, Kung-fu, bass guitar licks, and yes… even a kiss or two.
Awkward teen Charlie (Logan Lerman) is an intellectual introvert, always watching life from the sidelines. That is, until free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her super-cool stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) take it upon themselves to help Charlie discover the joys of face-to-face friendship, first love, music, and more. Directed by Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the screenplay as well as the young-adult novel from which it was adapted, The Perks of Being a Wallflower hits all the right notes and does it with grace and beauty.
This is a heartfelt zom-com about an unlikely love match between a beautiful human teen (Teresa Palmer) and a sensitive undead slacker (Nicholas Hoult) which sets off a chain of events with the power to transform the world. Or least shake it up a whole lot. This is such a clever, funny, well-paced film it proves that “romantic” and “zombie” movies are capable of coexisting – just like the mortals and the undeads.
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