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Best Growing up Movies


  • Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)

    Cinema Paradiso (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) (R, 1988)

    Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili
    Cinema Paradiso offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy who grows u... read morep in and around the title village movie theater in this Italian comedy drama that is based on the life and times of screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore. The story begins in the present as a Sicilian mother pines for her estranged son, Salvatore, who left many years ago and has since become a prominent Roman film director who has taken the advice of his mentor too literally. He finally returns to his home village to attend the funeral of the town's former film projectionist, Alfredo, and, in so doing, embarks upon a journey into his boyhood just after WWII when he became the man's official son. In the dark confines of the Cinema Paradiso, the boy and the other townsfolk try to escape from the grim realities of post-war Italy. The town censor is also there to insure nothing untoward appears onscreen, invariably demanding that all kissing scenes be edited out. One day, Salvatore saves Alfredo's life after a fire, and then becomes the new projectionist. A few years later, Salvatore falls in love with a beautiful girl who breaks his heart after he is inducted into the military. Thirty years later, Salvatore has come to say goodbye to his life-long friend, who has left him a little gift in a film can. In 2002, over a decade after the film's original release, Tornatore brought the original 170-minute director's cut to American screens for the first time. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
  • Now and Then

    Now and Then (PG-13, 1995)

    Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffmann, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Demi Moore
    Four women look back at the girls they used to be in this warm comedy-drama. Author Samantha Alberts... read moreon (Demi Moore), actress Tina Tercell (Melanie Griffith), gynecologist Roberta Martin (Rosie O'Donnell), and housewife Christina DeWitt (Rita Wilson) are friends from childhood who get together for the first time in years when Christina is about to have a baby. Seeing the old gang sends Samantha down memory lane, as she recalls the summer of 1970, when the girls were 12-years-old and edging into womanhood. Samantha (Gaby Hoffmann) is struggling with the collapse of her parent's marriage, Roberta (Christina Ricci) must deal with the death of her mother, Tina (Thora Birch) is upset over her folks' apparent disinterest in her, and Christina (Ashleigh Aston Moore) is trying to overcome her mother's disinformation campaign about sex. Together, they discuss boys and first kisses, compare notes on the physical and emotional changes they're going through, and have seances where they try to communicate with a boy who died tragically 30 years earlier. Demi Moore, whose character narrates the film, also served as producer. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • Kellybrianne84
      Kellybrianne84: love it! very cute! was a favorite growing up. (it's a kid's movie people! not exactly for adults!)
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • StrawletRules
      StrawletRules: A great story of friendship and growing up. I absolutely adore this movie!
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • baberman123
      baberman123: Loved this movie growing up...even though it had Rose O' Flippin Donnell in ti.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. (Crazy)

    C.R.A.Z.Y. (Crazy) (R, 2005)

    Michel Côté, Marc-Andre Grondin, Danielle Proulx, ??mile Vallée, Maxime Desbiens Tremblay
    A middle-class teenage misfit living in '70s era Montreal dreams of abandoning his familiar hometown... read more surroundings to seek a brighter future in director Jean-Marc Vallée's character-driven drama. A sexually-confused Christmas Day baby who likes to march to the beat of his own drummer, Zachary Beaulieu (Marc-André Grondin) nevertheless longs to live up to his old-fashioned father's (Michel Cote) decidedly more traditional expectations. As Zachary seeks solace in the sounds of Pink Floyd and David Bowie, his mother assures him that he's bound for greater things and testosterone-fueled siblings raise hell around the house. Despite feeling bound by his comparatively normal surroundings, the revelations provided by David Bowie's "Space Oddity" allows the disheartened Zachary the luxury of dreaming. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • fb100000096922406
      fb100000096922406: . Excellent film about growing up in the Sixties while desperately denying to yourself who you really are.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • ScoopOnline
      ScoopOnline: Growing up in this family, you'd have to be... C.R.A.Z.Y.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
  • Raising Helen

    Raising Helen (PG-13, 2004)

    Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack, Hector Elizondo, Helen Mirren
    Picking up where the feature film of the same title leaves off, comedy follows a young Manhattanite ... read moreas she struggles to balance her new hard-won job at a modeling agency with raising her recently orphaned nephew and nieces.
  • The Wood

    The Wood (R, 1999)

    Omar Epps, Sean Nelson, Taye Diggs, Trent Cameron, Richard T. Jones
    A man who's uncertain about the biggest step forward of his life steps back to take a look at his yo... read moreunger days in this comedy/drama. Roland (Taye Diggs) is a few hours away from getting married, and he is starting to have second thoughts; as much as he loves his fiancée, he can't stop thinking about Tanya (Tamala Jones), his first serious girlfriend in high school. Roland is hanging out with his two best friends, whom he also first met in school, Mike (Omar Epps), a solid regular guy, and Slim (Richard T. Jones), a flashy personality who plays pro basketball in Europe. They talk about the old days and flash back on growing up in Inglewood, California (nicknamed "The Wood") in the 1980's, when Run DMC and Eric B & Rakim were the happening sounds, and guys used to argue over who was hotter, Vanity or Apollonia. At the last minute, Roland takes off, wanting to pay Tanya a visit, and Mike and Slim are determined to track him down and make sure that he gets to the altar on time. The Wood was the debut feature film for writer/director Rick Famuyiwa, whose first short subject, Blacktop Lingo, won an enthusiastic response at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    • sweetestbaby
      sweetestbaby: What I love about this movie is that it shows the story of friends growing up and the bad things they get into during it before proceeding with a modern day wedding.
      Reviewed 5 years days ago
    • DjBigFifty
      DjBigFifty: ...growing up....i like this movie..so will you
      Reviewed 6 years days ago
    • senita86
      senita86: Coming of age story about 4 boys growing up in Inglewood. Centres around Taye Diggs' character's wedding and flashes back to the time
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)

    Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor) (R, 1993)

    Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique J. Castillo, Victor Rivers
    Taylor Hackford directed this urgent melodrama about the realities of street crime, gangs, and priso... read moren life among the Chicanos of East Los Angeles. Miklo (Damian Chapa), Paco (Benjamin Bratt) and Cruz (Jesse Borrego) are three friends who are living in the East Los Angeles of 1972 as it is torn apart by violence. When the gang violence hits the three friends, they are affected by their participation in the bitter violence in different ways. Cruz, an artist, becomes crippled, and he sinks deeply into drug addiction. Paco, an accessory to murder, joins the military to avoid jail time, leading to a spot on the LAPD. Miklo, the kid with the gun, is sent to jail, where he slowly rises up in the ranks of La Onda, the San Quentin Latino gang. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
    • fb534765567
      fb534765567: Another Epic, Griping story about 3 young Latino Brothers growing up in 70's east LA and trying to survive without getting swept into drugs or the Gang Life..
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
    • bignuts42
      bignuts42: coming a member of the Mexican Chicano's prison gang as he considers himself as being Mexican after growing up with 2 Mexicans, 1 of which has grown up to become a junkie & the other a cop! An epic em
      Reviewed 7 years days ago