With way-older-than-high-school leads portraying teenagers, expansive and extensive wardrobes, and hair more flawless than I even knew was a goal in high school, the teen movie genre is pretty much riddled with inaccuracies, perfect skin, and crazy high expectations for what life between 14 and 18 should actually be like. The result is usually just cheesy and ridiculous enough to make for a pretty terrific ending — is there anything more romantic than two people about to graduate move away from each other for the rest of their lives except for holidays finally deciding they like each other? One thing they do get right every once in a while? The distinct lack of sex education in the high schools these so-called teens attend. Check out all the times your favorite characters really, really needed better sex education in schools — just like the rest of us.
22 Best Teen Movies - 22 Movies Every Teenager Needs to Watch
From light-hearted love stories to hard-hitting social issues and YA adaptations, teen movies and TV shows are as big now as they've ever been. It's fair to say Netflix really understands that — tapping into this sub-genre with an eclectic mix of some of the best teen movies and shows around, and not necessarily just appealing to a single demographic, either. Whether you're teenager or just young at heart, these are some of the best teen movies and shows on Netflix right now. We've focused this on Netflix originals, so no matter where you are, you'll be able to stream all of the entries below.
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Zac Efron decisively ditches his squeaky clean High School Movie persona for one as a red-blooded horndog with this week's That Awkward Moment , an R-rated adventure in the grand tradition of '80s sex comedies. That Efron's latest can't hold a candle to those hormonally charged classics isn't an enormous surprise, since as the past two decades have shown, making a boisterous sex romp takes more than just a handful of pimply actors and some women eager to flash their wares for the camera. With GIFs, naturally. Ivan Reitman and Bill Murray's movie careers were jumpstarted by this gem, in which Murray stars as the head counselor at a low-rent summer camp, where he mentors — and is aided in his own quest for love by — a lonely nerd. Though not quite as out-and-out raunchy as its sequels the best of which is Meatballs III , it's nonetheless an amusingly juvenile slice of sex-charged silliness.