17 Teen Movies On Netflix That Are So Bad, They're Good
Everybody loves a good teen movie, but a bad teen movie — eh, those are a little harder to get behind. Fortunately, some less than stellar teen movies have found their way around the bad movie hump by being so bad they're good. Don't believe me? There are 17 "so bad they're good" teen movies you can watch on Netflix right now that will more than prove the theory that movies can truly be so awful, they are amazing.
It takes a lot for a movie to be "so bad it's good." For teen movies, being subpar means everything from a super tired and stereotypical plot to awful acting and even worse production value. The best bad teen movies, though, have to be so ridiculously bad that they transcend their awfulness to become something different than originally intended — something unquestionably fun. The appeal of the "so bad it's good" movie is that it's super enjoyable to watch. If a bad movie can't make an audience smile, then what's the point in watching? This is especially crucial for "so bad they're good" teen movies, which have to be fun enough for young adults past age of high school to be willing to return to their adolescent lives — not a simple task. And yet, it's one these 17 movies on Netflix actually accomplish.
1. 'High Strung'
There is no shortage of awful dance movies made for the teenage demographic, but High Strung stands out due to sheer ridiculousness. The movie follows ballerina Ruby (Keenan Kampa) as she struggles to make it at her perstegious performing arts school. She finds her way, howver, when she meets Johnnie, an undocumented British hip-hop violin player (yes, you read that correctly). The film is just a mess of plot points from various dance/music movies, all leading up to a competition where the duo perform with a hip-hop dance crew.
Switching gears, Keith is a teen drama about a mis-matched relationship between All-American girl Nataile and the school loner, Keith. Keith has all the makings of a traditional "good girl-bad boy" romance, but leaves that behind to go into an overdramatic story about depression and secret cancer.
3. 'The Standoff'
What's more universal than teens wanting cars for their 16th birthday? Teens participating in a dumb challenge to win said car. The Standoff is all about teens who dream of getting the perfect ride, and end up competing for it. Of course, the movie is filled with high school stereotypes galore (popular girl, mean girl, dork, weirdo, hot guy, etc.) and an opposites attract romance.
4. 'Camp Rock'
Camp Rock might be a Disney Channel Original Movie classic, but it is also terrible. That is, until you realize it helped launch the career of Demi Lovato and immortalized the Jonas Brothers' ridiculously awful hairstyles. Then it becomes a classic.
Love triangles have never been so...dull. SPF-18 tells the tale of romance and friendship on the beach, only in ways you've seen a million times before. Bonus: Pamela Anderson is in it, so you know it's gonna be an interesting time.
6. 'The Host'
The Host, the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's science-fiction novel, was intended to launch a new franchise. Instead, it fizzled thanks to the tired love triangle and complex plot. The good news: the movie stars Golden Globe nominee Saoirse Ronan, which is really entertaining when you think about it.
7. 'Girl vs. Monster'
Disney Channel Original Movies are, for the most part, not great, but Girl vs. Monster is something truly special thanks to the movie's horrible special effects.
8. '1 Mile To You'
The movie 1 Mile To You is the sports movie you've seen a million times before: tortured athlete finds the courage to compete again while facing his past with the help from a wise, older mentor. The film's greatest sin is that it takes itself too seriously, but coldhearted audiences might still find themselves shedding a tear or two, making it a pretty great bad movie.
9. 'Chalk It Up'
Gymnastics, college, training montages — Chalk It Up has it all. The movie is about a college freshman who wants to introduce a women's gymnastics team to her super academic school. The trailer makes her crusade about everything from equal rights for women to proving school is about more than just class, but really it's about a boy.
10. 'Standing Ovation'
Standing Ovation, a musical about a group of young teens who make a music video for a national competition, is perfect for fans of High School Musical, but wish it were just a little bit worse and dated.
Expelled is like if Ashton Kutcher from Punk'd aged backwards and went to high school. In other words, it's immagure and annoying, but also strangely watchable. There's something about watching a young man make a fool of himself that is endlessly satsifying, even if it's not all that compelling.
12. 'Good Kids'
Get this: a group of nerds decide to spend an entire summer saying yes to things they used to say no to, like partying and sex. Never been done before, right? Anyways, tired plot aside, one them becomes a tennis instructor/gigolo, others get super high, and there's also a predictable love story.
13. 'Charlie St Cloud'
Charlie St. Cloud looks like your typical teen movie — it even stars Zac Efron — but the twist is so incredibly dumb, it's unlike anything you've ever seen.
14. 'Geek Charming'
A popular girl learns there's more to life than what other people think when she falls from grace and befriends a member of the film club. There's a lot of strange details in Geek Charming that make it bad — the creepy documentary subplot, for example — but Sarah Hyland is so charming, it becomes an irresistable good time.
15. 'Be Somebody'
Be Somebody poses the question: what would you do if Justin Bieber showed up at your door looking for the opportunity to just be a normal kid? The answer: you'd invite him to stay with you, show him your artsy high school world, and fall in love, obviously.
Did you ever watch Scooby-Doo as a kid and think, "Man, I wished this were live action and had about 100 percent more jokes about weed and farting"? No? Well, too bad, because that is the thinking behind Scooby-Doo.
17. 'Kiss & Cry'
An aspiring figure skater is diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and finds strength in singing. The plot of Kiss & Cry sounds straight out of a Lifetime movie. But here's here it gets crazy: it's based on the true story of Carley Allison. Kiss & Cry isn't really so bad it's good, but so unbelievable it's good. And at the end of the day, what's the difference?
So bad it's good movies are a rare breed of special. All they need now is their own Netflix category.