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
    • fb820905566
      fb820905566: A kiss never got through the censors when I was growing up in Saudi. My very first movie expereince was Snow White via VHS on a small TV in my aunt'
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
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      fb1657749918: Wonderful story of a boy growing up without a father, but has a mentor who works in the cinema.
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • thmpsnkids
      thmpsnkids: Fabulously funny and charming film about a small boy growing up as he spends most of his time at the local movie theater. In Italian with subtitles.
      Reviewed 7 years days ago
  • 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
    Zachary Beaulieu was born on Christmas Day 1960. He was different from his four brothers but despera... read morete to fit in. During the next 20 years, Zac tries to live a lie, but his life is full of surprises and unexpected experiences, which ultimately leads him to accept his true nature. More importantly, Zac's father grows to love him for who he really is.
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      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
    "The Wood" is about three twenty-something friends who reminisce about growing up in Inglewood, Cali... read morefornia, as Roland faces pre-nuptial jitters. As the day unfolds, we flashback through Mike's eyes to the trio's childhood exploits, capturing the nostalgia of the era and reliving their youth through the great beats and lyrics of the unforgettable '80s hip-hop music.
    • 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 4 years days ago
    • DjBigFifty
      DjBigFifty: ...growing up....i like this 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
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      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