It is a truly challenging time for young adults as they struggle with exam anxieties and the prospect of the world unfolding before them. I am actually feeling anxious for Zoe and she is one of the most settled Year 12's I know - God only knows what other parents must be thinking.
Like all rites of passage there is always a tumultuous time as an adolescent transitions into the realms of adulthood; it is a time for redefining core values, re-evaluating responsibilities and shedding off an old way of being. This mostly happens through osmosis, but essentially it is happening and its pretty tricky business if I recall correctly.
It can really seem like the world is a giant tangle of red tape and responsibility. Pass your VCE, get a job, get a license, move out of home, enrol to vote, go to University, be successful, be graceful, be kind and above all get off your arse you're an adult now! It is easy to forget just how horrid and challenging this stage is. I know that I was fucking useless, and I made a shit load of mistakes and fell into a lot of holes along the way.
Easy to say 'well that's just growing up' but Christ it's hard to watch the ones you love so dearly taking those first steps into adulthood. I am a mixture of worry and vicarious excitement, but I guess that's just another way of saying I'm Zoe's mum and I only want the very best for her.
Release Date: 1985
Running Time: 97 mins
Another amusing and at times quite dramatic teen movie from the coming of age king - John Hughes.
When five high school students from different stereotypes come together for a weekend detention, they soon realise that although they have different interests and upbringings, they have a lot in common.
The brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal are all pouring out their hearts and exposing themselves with teen drama and high antics, making this an enjoyable and entertaining watch.
Molly Ringwald reprises her role as the cutesy teen Claire, Emilio Estevez gives merit to jock Andrew, Anthony Michael Hall is of course geeky Brian, Ally Sheedy plays a convincing 80's emo and Judd Nelson is super cool as bad boy John, another feather in John Hughes' cap for sure.
FINAL SAY: Don't you forget about me.
4 Chili Peppers