Dangerous age: 20 films and series about difficult teenagers

Adolescence is a time when it seems that you alone are fighting against the whole world. And if someone passes the time of growing up more or less calmly, others show aggression, seeing only enemies around. Such children most often get into trouble, acquire bad habits and gain authority with the help of physical strength. Is it always just a surge of hormones? Or does the environment and adult indifference lead to antisocial behavior? Films about difficult teenagers from our selection will try to answer these and other questions.

Contact (TV series 2021)

In the center of the plot is a policeman, the father of a rebellious teenage daughter. After the flight of his wife, Gleb took on alcohol , which is why he flew out of the homicide department and was forced to work in the juvenile department. The current uncontrollable youth drives Gleb crazy, but his main problem is finding an approach to his daughter. Having caught a juvenile hooligan on arson, the man offers him a deal – instead of a prison term, he should make friends with Yulia on social networks. Thus the father, banned by his daughter, hopes to get to know her better.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Pavel Maikov, Irina Pautova, Karina Alexandrova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


We, the Children of the Zoo Station (TV series 2021)

This foreign film novelty is a series about difficult teenagers that will take the viewer to Berlin in the 70s. The heroes of the film – teenagers, each with their own unique tragic story, leave their childhood, drowning in drugs and alcohol. If there is no money, it does not matter. There will always be a pervert on the streets, ready to pay for certain actions. Falling to the bottom, these children completely forget about moral standards and their own safety.

Original title:
Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Yana McKinnon, Angelina Hench, Sebastian Urzandowski …

Country:
Germany, Czech Republic, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Difficult Teens (TV series, 2019 – 2021)

A frank drama about today’s youth and the difficulties of intergenerational relationships explores important topics – bullying, teenage aggression, domestic violence and the fight against addictions. The plot is built around a center for helping troubled teenagers. Former football player Anton Kovalev gets here as one of the educators after a scandalous retirement due to a drunken antics in a bar. The man does not yet suspect how difficult it will be for him to find a common language with the pupils, and how they will affect his life.

Genre:  
Drama, comedy, sports

Actors:  
Nikita Volkov, Vitaly Andreev, Anastasia Krylova …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Euphoria (TV series, 2019 – 2021)

Rue Bennett is only 17 years old. At first she got hooked on her father’s drugs, and then switched to drugs. Her whole life is parties and drug trips. She hates studying and hates boring classmates. And even treatment in a rehabilitation center does not discourage the girl from continuing to hang out. However, a strange friendship with a new student in her class begins to change Ru’s worldview. A frank and truthful American movie about troubled teenagers is a drama with detailed characters, beautiful visuals and cool modern music.

Original title:  
Euphoria

Genre:
Drama

Actors:  
Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 8.4

Age limit:  
18+


13 Reasons Why (TV series 2017 – 2020)

Teenager Hannah Baker decides to take her own life. But before that, the girl records 13 audio cassettes, where she names the names of 13 people who prompted her to a desperate act. Each of them gets their own cassette, including one of the perpetrators of the tragedy – Clay Jensen, a guy who fell in love with Hannah at first sight. The popular detective drama from Netflix tells how misunderstanding and indifference lead to the death of a young beautiful girl.

Original title:  
13 Reasons Why

Genre:  
Drama, Detective

Actors:  
Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.7


American Vandal (TV series 2017 – 2018)

The plot of the plot will be an investigation of a hooligan act. Someone has painted the cars in the school parking lot with dicks, and a few students take it upon themselves to find the vandal. Moreover, there is already a suspect – a local boy obsessed with the image of male reproductive organs. An extraordinary multi-part film about teachers and difficult teenagers, filmed in the format of a parody of a journalistic investigation , will slightly open the curtain on the mores of the American school. Behind the smutty jokes of the dramedy lies a cool satire on the relationship between the older and younger generations.

Original title:
American Vandal

Genre:
Drama, comedy, crime

Actors:
Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2


Correction class (2014)

In the center of the plot of the Russian film is the wheelchair user Lena, a new student and just a ray of light in the correction class, where difficult teenagers with various disabilities study. She is a kind, smart and open girl, and not all students can boast of this. Here she meets not only her first love , but also her first problems – the cruelty of the real world and the intolerance of others towards those who are different from them.

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Maria Poezzhaeva, Nikita Kukushkin, Philip Avdeev …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Replacement teacher (2011)

A film about troubled teenagers at school, a highly rated philosophical drama about empathy, compassion and faith. Replacement teacher Henry Bart gets a job at a dysfunctional school. Here he will replace the teacher of English language and literature. The man is not at all afraid of young hooligans, but on the contrary, he is trying to bring some light into their lives. He reads the classics to the children, talks about spiritual values, gives shelter to a young prostitute , and at the same time builds relationships with the director and other school colleagues.

Original title:  
Detachment

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Adrien Brody, Sami Gale, Betty Kay …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.7

Age Limits
16+


School (TV series 2010)

Ordinary secondary school. Among the students of 9 “A” there is a cheeky beauty, a chubby nerd, a goth girl, a rich major, several outcasts, an excellent student and other typical representatives of the youth of that time. It was once a model class, but after the elderly and experienced class teacher fell ill, the children lost a strong mentor. And the arrival of the impudent newcomer Ilya Epifanov and Anya Nosova, the granddaughter of that same teacher, completely turns everything upside down.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Elena Papanova, Alexandra Rebenok, Valentina Lukashchuk …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Paradise Lake (2008)

Steven intends to propose to Jenny. To create a romantic atmosphere, he takes his beloved to a secluded picturesque place on the lake. The rest is broken by the company of teenagers, and the conflict with them gradually gets out of control. How far can children go in their cruelty? And will the couple make it out of the forest alive? You will learn the answers to these questions by watching a British thriller film about a presumptuous bad company of teenage hooligans.

Original title:  
Eden Lake

Genre:
Horror, Thriller

Actors:  
Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis…

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits
18+


Everyone will die, but I will stay (2008)

The film revolves around three teenage girls who desperately want to grow up. However, talking about boys, drinking, cigarettes and getting to know drugs bring friends closer not to growing up, but to a host of new problems. Soon there will be a disco at the school, which means there will be a chance to prove to everyone how cool you are. But the day before, Katya runs away from home after a quarrel with the teacher – because of this incident, the director threatens to cancel the dance . The relationship of bosom girlfriends begins to burst at the seams.

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Polina Filonenko, Agniya Kuznetsova, Olga Shuvalova …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Skins (TV series, 2007 – 2013)

Another movie about difficult teenagers, their everyday problems, relationships with parents, first love and finding oneself. In the center of the plot are several guys from Bristol: smart, attractive boy Tony, manipulator and head of the company, his vain girlfriend Michelle, melancholy Cassie, party-goer Chris and good-natured Sid – Tony’s best friend. The series about the company of young people touches on the problems of young people – from family conflicts to drugs and mental disorders .

Original title:  
Skins

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel, Kaya Scodelario…

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2


Classmates (2007)

St. Trinian is a very peculiar educational institution, where no less uncontrolled teachers try to cope with unruly students. The daily routine of the school is parties, drinking, smoking and testing explosive devices, and not at all re-education. One day, the students learn the sad news – they may lose this “wonderful place” due to non-payment of taxes by the school management. Not counting on the help of adults, a few desperate girls decide to solve the problem on their own.

original name
St. Trinian’s

Genre:
Comedy, family

Actors:  
Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Lena Headey …

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:  
16+


Class (2007)

Our top film about troubled teenagers will continue, showing an ordinary Estonian school class. Among the students there is a victim – the boy Josep, who is constantly subjected to severe bullying. Among the aggressors and weak-willed witnesses is the brand new Kasper. By coincidence, the boy goes over to the side of Josep, and from that moment on, violence takes on monstrous forms. The bullying continues every day, and the two boys have no choice but to fight back.

Original title:
Klass

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Vallo Kirs, Pärt Uusberg, Lauri Pedaya…

Country:
Estonia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
16+


Freedom Writers (2006)

The list of the best films about raising difficult teenagers will continue with a story about the everyday life of a young English teacher in Log Beach, a city where crime is at ease. Among her students, every second is a juvenile delinquent, and for many of the guys, English is not their native language. Of course, these children do not put educational ambitions and higher education in the future in the first place. Their main goal is simply to survive.

Original title:  
Freedom Writers

Genre:  
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:  
Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton…

Country:  
Germany, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Triumph: The Ron Clark Story (2006)

The film is based on real events and tells about a teacher whose profession has become for him not just a way to earn money, but a vocation. Teacher Ron Clark moves from the suburbs to the capital to take over the teaching of troubled teenagers at a school with a bad reputation. Clark is an idealist who is not used to giving up, so he is ready to do anything to awaken the craving for knowledge in the hearts of new students.

Original title:  
The Ron Clark Story

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Matthew Perry, Ernie Hudson, Melissa De Souza…

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


Rebel (2006)

A promising young athlete refuses to continue her career, thereby substituting her team. Hayley Graham is just tired of big sport and competition. Now she is a young hooligan who has earned ill-wishers in the world of gymnastics. However, the last reckless prank leads the girl to problems with the law. The only chance to avoid imprisonment is to serve his sentence in a private gymnastic academy. Having chosen the second, Hayley is not very happy, because for her the return to gymnastics is a loss of freedom.

Original title:  
Stick It

Genre:
Drama, comedy, sports

Actors:  
Missy Peregrym, Jeff Bridges, Vanessa Lengies…

Country:  
USA, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
12+


Coach Carter (2005)

Instructive, but at the same time light sports drama tells the story of a never-before-seen case that occurred in 1999 in California. The coach of the school team Ken Carter forbade his students to play basketball until they pulled up the marks in the main subjects. This decision led to a flurry of condemnation from parents and senior management of the educational institution, because the guys missed several games in the championship.

Original title:  
Coach Carter

Genre:  
Biography, sports, drama

Actors:  
Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Richard …

Country:  
USA, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Choristers (2004)

The plot of the film develops in France in 1949. Music teacher Clement Mathieu cannot find a job and ends up in a boarding school for troubled teenagers. It is difficult for a soft-hearted man to understand the cruel methods of education that reign in the institution, but he cannot act openly. The hero decides to influence the situation in his own way by organizing a school choir. Along the way, Clement finds in one of the boys an innate talent for singing and music.

Original title:  
Les Choristes

Genre:  
Drama, music

Actors:  
Gerard Junio, Francois Berlean, Kad Merad …

Country:  
France, Switzerland, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


Thirteen (2003)

An excellent student and a good girl, Tracy makes friends with the reckless peer Evie. The latter is not only the most popular girl, but also a real tomboy – she steals, uses drugs and starts relationships with boys. Tracy tries to approach a new acquaintance and adopts her habits, which does not like the teenager’s mother at all. The situation is aggravated by difficult relationships in the girl’s family.

Original title:
Thirteen

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Nikki Reed, Evan Rachel Wood, Vanessa Ann Hudgens…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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