The story itself is without a doubt weak, but it’s so rich with charismatic, scene robbing characters you hardly notice the implausibility or painful lack of common sense the scenes have. The one liners, the outrageous events that occur are simply fall down funny and twenty minutes into the film you don’t really care anymore whether or not it’s realistic, you are too busy laughing. While the structure of the story focuses on Evan and Seth moving on in life, Superbad is really about an age when your car is your freedom, yet you are still caged by boundaries of an adult world. In some way it’s got to take everyone back to the days of trying to smuggle a six pack or bottle of vodka out of a store or your parents house to that party they didn’t know you were going to.
Dead Poets Society is actually a quiet, subtly inspiring film that’s message while quite obvious, is shown in ways that it affects different people. But the film is anything but banal, thanks to Peter Weir’s marvelous directing and the standout performances of the members of the Dead Poets Society, Robert Sean Leonard in particular. Robin Williams plays his role as Keating low key, and allows his influence to mirror through the boys, rather than play the role in his usual over the top manner. It was a subtle and powerful performance. Dead Poets Society may be about being an unconventional free thinker for boys coming of age, but the poetic nature of the story is brimming with romance, the excitement of youth, and the forging of friendships and bonds that nothing can break. In the final scene when Todd Anderson finally finds his voice, tears sprung to my eyes, and helpless to fight them, poured down my cheeks.
Honorable Mentions: The Man In The Moon, Pump Up The Volume, Basketball Diaries, Mermaids, Heathers, American Pie, Garden State, Donnie Darko, Ferris Buellers Day Off, Dirty Dancing, Say Anything, Breaking Away, American Graffiti, Rushmore, St. Elmos Fire, The Breakfast Club, Summer School, The Sure Thing, Dazed And Confused, and Some Kind Of Wonderful