People Explain Which Teen Movies Made Them Think 'The Older I Get, The More I Agree With The Adult'
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There's a fairly common formula in movies geared toward a teenage audience.

A group of teenagers face one central conflict, to varying degrees of importance and severity, but manage to solve it in a surprisingly short manner of time.

The heroes of these films are usually a hodgepodge of traditional high school archetypes (star athlete, math nerd, girl whose beauty is disguised by a pair of glasses), all of whom the intended audience can completely relate to and root for.

And then we have the adult characters, who are often buffoonish stereotypes, or the outright villain, whose sole mission is to ensure the protagonist will not achieve their ultimate goal.

As teenagers, we often find ourselves ready to boo these grown-ups from the minute they appear on the screen.

But when we revisit these movies as adults, we find ourselves noticing that their behavior isn't quite as bad as we remembered.

Or, more shockingly, we actually find ourselves rooting for them!


Redditor roix_ducat was curious to hear which teen movies people found their loyalty shifting from the teen hero to the adult villain when rewatching it as a grown up, leading them to ask:
"What teen movie is the epitome of 'the older I get, the more I agree with the adult?'"

The Teacher Was Right All Along...

"Rewatching 'Scrubs', I realize I’m no longer a JD., I’ve become a Cox."- RenegadeRinker

They Were Just Being Protective!

"I watched 'Sixteen Candles' recently and I now do not approve of Samantha going anywhere near Jake Ryan."-goblininstigator

All It Takes Is A Little Perspective

"Sadly, 'The Wonder Years'."

"I always couldn’t believe the dad was real, with his pissed off attitude from work."

"Now I understand."- hashn

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Nothing Wrong With A Little Precision And Order!

"The movie 'Juno'."

"Jennifer Garner's character is at first portrayed as a 'square', then you realize she's a mature adult and her husband is a man-baby."- DaveFarted

Add It Up, The Wedding Cost Nearly $150,00!

"Not a teen movie, but 'Father of the Bride'."

"Watching it as a kid, Steve Martin seemed like an old grump."

"Rewatching it as an adult, holy sh*t he is the only sane person in that movie."- DrOctopusMD

It Was Literally His Job To Protect Them!

"'The Lion King'."

"Oh I thought Zazu was just an old fun-killer."

"What do you mean, Simba can't be king?"

"Why would you prevent the kids from going where they want?"

"As an adult and father, I'm 100% Team Zazu."- Oneiric86

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Seriously, Would Your Dad Have Been So Cool About It?...

"'American Pie'."

"As a new father, I hope to be like Jim’s dad when my little one is a teenager."

"Caring, loving and a complete embarrassment to them."- BanjoPhatterson

It's A Parent's Job To Worry.

"The mom in 'Ice Princess'."

"So you have a daughter who has a talent for and seems to like physics and has a shot of getting into Harvard."

"This girl throws it away for ice skating where she has only been competing for less than a year, where if she gets injured she's done and when she reaches 30 she's pretty much done."

"There is no way she is at an olympic level at that point she would need years of training! "

"Hell yes I would advise against it to!"- testmonkey254

Always Be Respectful Of Your Roommate!

"Goob, 'Meet the Robinsons'."- beepboop232

Meet The Robinsons Google GIFGiphy

People Are Complicated

"Dr Doofenschmirtz."

"He’s just trying to do something right and being a good dad."- LukeLJS123

As teens we're inclined to revolt from our parents and teachers, or even be revolted by them.

But the older we get, the more we understand that nine times out of ten, they were just looking out for us.

Just as we realize that Mr. Hall of Clueless was being pretty generous giving a C to a student who didn't seem to know how to pronounce "Haitian"...

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