Plenty of coming-of-age films have made me feel seen, but a big one for me was The Way, Way Back.
It's fairly simple (although more nuanced than it's received credit for), but it resonated with me deeply. I watched it for the first time, and several subsequent times, over the course of the summer I (thought I) first fell in love, and the summer I started to grow into my own person. It's a tender portrait of finding who you are, at a young age, and at a time when you're starting to figure out how life works. Who the people your parents, the adults around them, and everyone else you meet during that delicate period of development are. How heavy the influence everything has on you is, and trying to balance it with who you believe you are already. It's a funny, cathartic, empathetic story of how we all shape ourselves — in the wake of adolescence, and in the face of those who tried to shape us.
-- Andrew, 17, Dallas, TX
Every single scene of that movie kind of happened to me in one way or another and it was truly crazy seeing like three or four years of my life in one film.
-- valentín, 16, argentina