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  • Award year: 2010
  • List: Fabulous Films for Young Adults
  • America the Beautiful

    A documentary about teens in the modeling industry in a society where celebutantes like Paris Hilton dominate newsstands and models who weigh less than 90 pounds die from malnutrition, female body image is one of the more dire problems facing today's society. America the Beautiful illuminates the issue by covering every base. Child models, plastic surgery, celebrity worship, airbrushed advertising, dangerous cosmetics - no rock is left unturned.
  • American Teen

    A documentary on seniors at a high school in a small Indiana town and their various cliques.
  • Breakfast Club

    When Saturday detention started, they were simply the Jock, the Princess, the Brain, the Criminal and the Basket Case, but by that afternoon they had become closer than any of them could have imagined.
  • Dead Poets Society

    Robin Williams portrays English professor John Keating, who, in an age of crew cuts, sport coats and cheerless conformity, inspires his students to live life to the fullest, exclaiming Carpe Diem, lads! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary! The charismatic teacher's emotionally charged challenge is met by his students with irrepressible enthusiasm--changing their lives forever.
  • Edward Scissorhands

    Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn't quite perfect. The inventor's sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon Lady took him home to live with her family. And so began Edward's fantastic adventures in a pastel paradise known as Suburbia.
  • Freedom Writers

    A true story about a teacher in a racially divided school who gives her students what they've always needed, a voice.
  • Girl, Interrupted

    Susanna is depressed and directionless after finishing high school in the late 1960's. A suicide attempt lands her in Claymore, a mental institution. She befriends the band of troubled women in her ward but falls under the hypnotic sway of Lisa, the wildest and most hardened of the bunch. Will Susanna drop anchor at Claymore and perpetually act out like Lisa, or will she finally pull her mind together and leave institutional life behind?
  • Good Will Hunting

    A young working-class genius is hauled back from the brink of self-destruction by a gifted counselor.
  • Gridiron Gang

    Based on a true story, Sean Porter, a former football star and now a juvenile detention center counselor takes a group of inmates and turns them into successful football team.
  • Into the Wild

    Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people, a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. Based on a true story, written by Jon Krakauer.
  • Matrix

    A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against the controllers of it.
  • Mean Girls

    When a young girl who has lived in Africa and been homeschooled moves to New York, she must enter a public high school. Survival of the fittest takes on a whole new meaning when she falls for the ex-boyfriend of the most popular girl in school. Based on the book Queen Bees and
    Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman.
  • Odd Ones Out

    This film follows three transgendered teens over four years as they contemplate what to do with their lives.
  • On the Waterfront

    An ex-fighter gets a job working on the gang-ridden waterfront under a crooked gangster boss.
  • The Outsiders

    When two poor greasers, Johnny, and Ponyboy are assaulted by a vicious gang, the socs, and Johnny kills one of the attackers, tension begins to mount between the two rival gangs, setting off a turbulent chain of events. Based on the novel by S.E. Hinton.
  • Pleasantville

    A brother and sister are magically transported through their television set and into the black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville. Soon they affect this environment with their worldly sensibilities, and people and things slowly begin to acquire color, and their complacent world is profoundly changed.
  • Some Kind of Wonderful

    A young tomboy finds her feelings for her best friend run deeper than just friendship when he gets a date with the most popular girl in school.
  • Step Up 2

    Andie is on the verge of being being sent to Texas to stay with another relative due to her behavior. As a last resort to stay in town a friend arranges an audition at arts school. Much to her surprise she gets in but all the rehearsal interferes with her time with her neighborhood dance crew. As Andie tries to fit in at her new school, she finds fitting in with her old friends difficult.