What’s your favorite film about the coming of age of young men?

September 27, 2019 | Katelin Levy
Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

This week’s question: coming of age movies centered around boys. What’s your favorite films that deal with the rites of passage—emotional, physical or otherwise—of young men or one young man?

Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale and Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name both deal with emotional and physical transformations, sometimes quite explicitly.

Here are the films that our host Richard Peña picked, “Richard Linklater’s Boyhood seems somewhat in a class of its own, for its sheer audacity, but a particular favorite of mine is Steven Spielberg’s beautiful Empire of the Sun, based on J.G. Ballard’s story of growing up in China during the War.”

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