The coming-of-age film is a special genre that gives audiences a lot of feelings. Whether the main characters are in the middle of high school, waving that time goodbye, or trying to get through the summer before college, they're bound to learn some lessons along the way (and have some fun, too).
From comedies to dramas, there's something for everyone when it comes to this type of movie, and these characters are well-drawn and perfectly suited to a Myers-Briggs Personality Type analysis. Read on to find out which coming-of-age film you are, based on your MBTI.
The Edge Of Seventeen is a sweet, funny, and intelligent teen movie released in 2016. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld as Nadine, who's having a super tough time. Her best friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) has started going out with her brother (Blake Jenner) which sends Nadine into a total spiral as she believes that everyone hates her and she feels like a loser.
If your MBTI is ISFP or "Versatile Supporter," then this is your coming-of-age film. You might not be able to relate to Nadine because you would wonder why she's acting this way, but you can definitely understand Krista's side of the story. You "enjoy providing practical help or service to others," just like Krista is a good friend to Nadine and a support system for Nadine's sibling. You're also "caring" and "kind." Thankfully, Nadine realizes her mistake and she's able to see that nothing that bad happened.
In the critically-acclaimed comedy Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde, best friends Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) realize that instead of having a good time in high school and also studying, they've forgotten fun in favor of hitting the books.
The two characters are both very reasonable people, which means that if your MBTI is ISTP or "Logical Pragmatist," then this is your coming-of-age movie. ISTPs "remain calm while managing a crisis" which is how Amy and Molly act when they keep having to change locations in their quest to go to the party where all of the popular kids are. You're "realistic" and "confident." While these characters may not have really experienced much of high school life besides academics, they definitely have opinions on their classmates, so they fit into the "careful observer" category.
If you're an ESTJ or "Efficient Organizer," your movie is Juno. When Juno (Ellen Page) learns that she's having a baby, she's determined to find a good home for him or her, and lands on Vanessa (Jennifer Garner) and Mark (Jason Bateman).
Juno fits the ESTJ description of "organizing people and resources in order to achieve" what she wants (in this case, making sure her baby can be adopted by good people). Juno is also "direct" and "decisive" and, most of all, she's "practical." She knows that she can't be a mom in high school, so she makes her choice.
The Spectacular Now is your coming-of-age film if your MBTI is INFJ or "Insightful Visionary." That describes Shailene Woodley's character, Aimee Finecky, who inspires Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) to stop drinking, clean up his act, and become a better person. Of course, that doesn't happen until the end of the movie.
You're "reserved" and someone who "seeks meaning" and "inspires others" if this is your personality type. This movie's love story is so sweet as the teenage characters know that they have a lot of growing up to do but they really connect with one another.
Aspiring journalist James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) is headed to Columbia University for his grad degree, but not before he gets a summer job at Adventureland.
His MBTI would be ISTJ or "Responsible Realist." Since he's a writer, he's "systematic" and "duty bound." He's also "painstaking," including in his relationship with Emily Lewin (Kristen Stewart). At the conclusion of the film, he even asks her "Are we doing this?" when they're sharing an intimate moment.
In The DUFF, based on the novel by Kody Keplinger, Bianca Piper (Mae Whitman) is the person who is always overlooked. Her two best friends are much more well-liked than her and she gets really upset about this (as she should).
Bianca is an ESTP or "Energetic Problem-Solver" as she sets out on a mission: change her life and her status at her high school. She's just like the explanation of an ESTP: "They apply common sense and experience to problems, quickly analyzing what is wrong and then fixing." If that's you, then you can relate to Bianca's journey.
An INTP or "Objective Analyst" has "a detached and concise way of analyzing the world" and is "objectively critical" as well as being "intensely curious."
This sounds a lot like Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) in the emotional teen drama If I Stay, based on the Gayle Forman novel. After getting into a car crash, she's literally in between life and death and is deciding which way to go. Mia is "skeptical" of many things, as she's an artist who goes against the mainstream, popular crowd, and she's also "independent."
Are you an ISFJ or "Practical Helper?" If so, then you "apply common sense and experience to solving problems for other people" as the description explains, and that means that you can relate to Gus Waters (Ansel Elgort).
This character is incredibly sweet and caring and all he wants is to make life better for Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley). Although they both have cancer and that's how they meet, it sometimes feels like he forgets that fact because he focuses on her well-being and happiness so much. Gus is "sensitive" and ultimately "traditional" as he's a hopeless romantic. His grandest gesture in the movie: telling Hazel they should go to Amsterdam, where they meet their favorite novelist Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe).
The 2009 coming-of-age movie An Education stars Carey Mulligan as Jenny, a high school girl who becomes involved with David (Peter Sarsgaard). The problem? He's older... as in much older.
Even though this is a relationship that is clearly not going to work out, Jenny is determined and confident that it's a good idea. That makes her MBTI INFP or "Thoughtful Idealist." She's "compassionate" and "original" and "gentle." She's definitely idealistic about this love story and truly sees the good in David, even though he's a very problematic character and, of course, should never have hit on her in the first place. Jenny wants to experience all that life has to offer and even says yes when he wants to marry her, thinking that she'll forget any future plans that she had in favor of being with him. Thankfully, she and David split and she returns to her, well, education.
If your MBTI is ENFJ or "Compassionate Facilitator," then your coming-of-age movie is The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. You're "curious," "expressive," "idealistic" and verbal" just like the main character, Charlie (Logan Lerman).
The movie is based on the novel by Stephen Chbosky and explores what it's like to experience depression while being in high school. Both the film and book treat this in a sensitive way, and while Charlie is ultimately an introvert, he fits this MBTI description. Like Charlie, you're "people-oriented" and like talking to others and connecting with them.
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