Nobody can deny the appeal of a teen comedy. After all, what else film genre actively encourages us to laugh at all the stupid, awkward stuff we did in the past? (Or present, depending on how old you are.)
There's just something about watching a teen protagonist dealing with things like first love, friendships, and finding out your parents aren't as lame as you think that gives you a warm feeling inside.
While the early 2010s were short on great teen comedies, instead opting for adaptations of YA dystopian and fantasy novels, the late 2010s did more than enough to make up for it. The second half of the decade gave us incredibly insightful films about growing up that were funny, endearing, and sometimes even tear-jerking.
You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy any of these films. You just have to remember being one.
10. The DUFF
Based on the YA novel by Kody Keplinger, The DUFF surprised readers by deviating from the serious tone of its source material and instead fully going for a comedic wacky tone. The result is incredibly silly at times, but for anyone along for the ride, The DUFF proves to be a funny and ultimately rewarding experience.
While it certainly won't win over anyone who can't stand teen comedies, it does just enough to please anyone who loves them. It also benefits a lot from the natural charisma of both its leads, Mae Whitman and Robbie Ammel.
The DUFF doesn't revolutionize teen comedies in any way, but its charms are more than enough to overshadow its familiarities.