As the year 2022 draws to a close, YEM wanted to include the top five YA-themed movies that have significantly impacted YA culture. Some of the films we chose made us cry, laugh, smile, spooked and intrigued us, and warmed our hearts. If you have yet to see the movies on our list, be sure to do watch them!
1. The School for Good and Evil
Based on the best-selling fantasy novel of the same name, The School for Good and Evil tells the tale of two friends, Sophie, and Agatha, who are thrust into different factions at school where a battle between good and evil ensues. One of the best things about this film is its amazing special effects and the heartwarming friendship between two young girls.
2. Enola Holmes 2
In this Netflix film based on the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries, the protagonist Enola Holmes embarks on her first case as a detective. She is assisted by her close friends and her brother Sherlock Homes as she seeks to unravel a mystery involving a missing girl. We love the Enola Holmes series not least because we are fans of the talented Millie Bobby Brown but also because Enola is the epitome of a brave and clever heroine.
3. Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 3
As Addison is getting ready for Seabrook’s worldwide cheer-off tournament, Zed is busy hoping for a sports scholarship. Their lives take a drastic turn of events when aliens start to emerge near Seabrook. YEM chose this film because the Z-O-M-B-I-E trilogy is filled with surprising twists and turns.
4. Better Nate Than Ever
In the film Better Nate Than Ever, the protagonist Nate Foster is a thirteen-year-old boy who dreams of appearing on Broadway. He has trouble, though, even getting parts in his high school play. Nate and his friends resolve to make Nate a celebrity after Nate’s parents depart for the weekend. YEM has discussed this film many times across our platforms, so if you want to discover more about BNTE check out our other content. Rueby Wood’s interview with YEM can be seen here!
5. Senior Year
Popular High school cheerleader Stephanie Conway had always dreamed of being prom queen. However, after Stephanie is involved in a freak accident that leaves her in a coma, she wakes up 20 years later with her memory intact. Stephanie then takes a trip back to her old school, ready to fulfill her lifelong dream. We love this film as it made us laugh, cry and smile.