Watching movies as a teenager is a strange process. Not only do the teenage years cover a large swath of time where both personalities and tastes change, but they change so constantly that the idea of “taste” is almost impossible to pin down. All those hormones can result in far more destructive actions than watching stupid movies, but the films teens like are certainly indicative of larger ideas.
This means that what someone likes at age 13 may be drastically different than what he or she enjoys as a 16 year old. Then again, tastes may change so drastically that ages 13 and 19 may almost have the same movie preferences after going through a drastic cycle. Then again, those shifting changes mean that teenagers have the ability to grow their taste and understanding of arts and entertainment at a level that is not quite possible during the childhood years. However, most teens don’t fully understand why they like the things they like, as overwhelming emotions often dictate enjoyment over an understanding of art and personal preferences.
That’s why so many teenagers are drawn to really dumb horror movies and romances. It’s the cheap thrills and emotional heights that translate easily that make them so popular with the younger crowd. However, these movies will most likely not be long-lasting favorites, as their ideas and reasons for enjoyment will most likely not translate to an older audience. Additionally, the films that a person enjoys during his or her early years will most likely fall out of favor during the teens, but may return as personal favorites once this tumultuous time is over.
With all these factors in mind, choosing what were my five favorite movies as a teenager was a difficult process due to the large span of time and fluctuating tastes. But the five selected here give a snapshot of what I enjoyed at different points during the time.
Also, it reveals that I did indeed like terrible movies for a period in my life.
For a look at a happier time with better taste, read My Five Favorite Childhood Movies.
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