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We Are the Best! (Sweden, 2013) **

We Are the Best! (Sweden, 2013) **

We Are the Best! is a 2013 Swedish-Danish adolescence drama, written and directed by Lukas Moodysson to a screenplay adapted from the graphic novel Never Goodnight by the director’s wife Coco Moodysson. The story focuses on three pre-teen girls in 1982 Stockholm, who are outcasts to their classmates for their oddness. The trio creates a world of their own, focusing mostly on the then passé Punk music.
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The Spectacular Now (2013) ***

The Spectacular Now (2013) ***

The Spectacular Now is able to capture some elements of the coming of age experience. Its plotline is mostly satisfying with the exception of the set-to-please ending. I only wish the filmmakers would have been a little braver in their exploration of the characters and the situations presented along the road.
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The Way, Way Back (2013) ****

The Way, Way Back (2013) ****

The Way, Way Back is a likeable coming-of-age story, written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Though the storyline is quite predictable and the plot suffers from occasional holes, at least when it comes to some of the characters' motivation, the film as a whole does a decent job indulging the audience in splashy summer fun.
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Monsters University (2013) ****

Monsters University (2013) ****

While Monsters University may be viewed as yet another formulaic coming-of-age tale, albeit its monstrous proportions, this prequel to Monsters, Inc. plays along a finer motive than plain self-discovery. All in all Monsters University still manages to surprise and show originality. It is heartwarming, smart by fine nuances rather than wisecracks, energetic and fun.
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Mud (2013) ****

Mud (2013) ****

Set to the backdrop of crime, and being an engaging thriller, Mud is first and foremost a coming-of-age story about a boy trying to come into terms with what love is. Jeff Nichols who wrote and directed this film, manages to intertwine several different relationship plotlines into one whole story, and does so in a manner that feels natural.
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012) ****

If you are in the mood for a fantasy that will keep you smiling for a good portion of the film, an engaging story and a little naïve romance, you are in for a treat.
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