Discussion: Wise Guys

Posted: September 2, 2011
Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in War Games

Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy in "War Games"

The wise-guy teenager is a frequent feature in coming-of-age films; it’s a way of grafting an adult sensibility onto a life not really ready for adult responsibility. What’s your favorite wise-guy teen movie?

Richard Pena has a fond memory of War Games, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy.

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  • NiceGuyEddie

    Rumble Fish, starring Matt Dillon as a wannabe tough guy small town teenager.

  • Nikki

    Matthew Broderick in both Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Ladyhawk” even though it’s not a coming of age story, it does have a wise guy teen.

  • mari

    c. thomas howell in “the outsiders”

  • Jack Behr

    I am thinking of Andy Hardy in all those movies from the late 30s, 40s.

  • Shari L.

    Risky Business (with young Tom Cruise)

  • garla redond

    Paul Newman in Nobody’s Fool