Who among us had an easy passage into adolescence? These four films capture the essence of this strange time when the brain and body are bombarded with hormones.
1. Eighth Grade - Hard to believe that a man, writer/director Bo Burnham, could so exquisitely capture the life of a middle school girl starring the luminous Elsie Fisher. Josh Hamilton plays her single dad with tenderness and elan.
2. Beautiful Boy - Based on a pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles drug addiction, relapse, and recovery in a blended family coping with control issues starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan.
3. Black Sheep - short listed for an Oscar in the Short Subject Documentary category packs a powerful punch. From the Guardian, "Everything changed for Cornelius Walker on 27 November 2000 when Damilola Taylor was killed. Damilola was 11, the same age as Cornelius. He lived five minutes away. He had the same skin colour. Cornelius’s mother, scared for her son’s safety, moved their family out of London. Cornelius suddenly found himself living on a white estate run by racists. But rather than fight them, Cornelius decided to become more like the people who hated him. They became his family and kept him safe. And in return, Cornelius became submerged in a culture of violence and hatred. But as the violence and racism against other black people continued, Cornelius struggled to marry his real identity with the one he had acquired."
4. Mid-Nineties - another edgy and tender coming of age film from writer/director Jonah Hill
Tara Fass, LMFT #35078, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She treats adults and couples dealing with a broad range of issues from navigating the legacy of divorce in one's life, to the quarter life crisis and conscious aging. Together we attempt to make meaning [...]