Turning Red (Disney+ – 2022)

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Pixar’s Turning Red follows Meilein (Rosalie Chiang), a 13-year-old girl who is torn between being her mother’s perfect daughter and being her boyband-obsessed self. This is made even more difficult when she starts turning into a giant red panda whenever she experiences strong emotions.

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Booksmart (2019)

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Booksmart revolves around two top of the class high school seniors who want to party before graduation since they never got to do so before. Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) however find themselves having a crazy night that they are not sure they can handle.

This film, in my opinion, is a sort mix of Ladybird and Never Goin’ Back, it primarily centers around a friendship between two girls who are getting ready to go to college. These two girls and their friendship are the crux of the film, Dever and Feldstein are undoubtedly stars in the making after this film is released. And I’m loving that we’re getting more and more films about female friendships.

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Eighth Grade (2018)

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Eighth Grade surrounds Kayla (Elsie Fisher) last week of being in the 8th grade. Kayla makes YouTube videos giving tips to other people her age on how to be confident or how put yourself out there, but Kayla struggles to take her own advice. She’s quiet, awkward, and miserable, and just hopes that her high school experience is different from 8th grade.

When watching this film you’ll end up reminiscing about your own 8th grade experience, reliving awkward moments, and overall being so glad that you’re no longer in middle school. But this film gives you insight into what 8th graders today are going through with social media, and even though social media was around when I was in 8th grade (I think Twitter was becoming big thing then), it’s nothing to how it is now.

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