Krystal Sutherland’s 2016 novel, “Our Chemical Hearts,” was the inspiration for the coming-of-age romance/drama film “Chemical Hearts,” which was directed by Richard Tanne. As a young man, Henry Page (Austin Abrams) has admirable parents and lofty aspirations. When Grace Town (Lili Reinhart), a troubled adolescent, walks into his class, his quiet and idle life is disrupted. As soon as they are assigned to be co-editors in chief, things get heated up. Before moving to Henry’s town, Grace was involved in a car accident that has had a lasting impact on her physical and mental health. Grace begins to doubt her ability to deal with Henry’s advances as their romance deepens.
‘Chemical Hearts,’ a new film from Amazon Studios, isn’t your typical teen love story. There is an inherent sense of maturity in both of the main characters’ reactions to their emotions. The film’s title refers to all of the chemical changes that occur in the brain when a person falls in love. Fans of the film who want to see more like it will find plenty to choose from on this list. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime all have many of these films available for streaming.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
With Logan Lerman as Charlie Kelmeckis, Emma Watson as Samantha “Sam” Button, and Patrick Stewart as Patrick Stewart, Stephen Chbosky presents ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ (Ezra Miller). Charlie has clinical depression as a result of suppressed memories of sexual abuse as a child. To his surprise, he makes friends with Sam and her stepbrother Patrick after a long period of loneliness. In her youth, Sam was sexually molested by her father’s boss, who is now her boss. However, she hasn’t allowed it to define her, and she’s always up for a new challenge. Patrick is frequently teased and called “nothing” by his classmates because he is different. Brad, one of his worst bullies, is secretly seeing someone else (Johnny Simmons). Chbosky adapted his 1999 novel of the same name for the big screen.
2. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
The Fault in Our Stars is a critically acclaimed and financially successful film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel of the same name, published in 2012. Cancer affects the film’s two main characters, Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort). It all starts when they meet at a patient support group and form a connection. Her favorite author is in Amsterdam, so he arranges for them to meet. A teen love story with a tragic undertone. If you liked ‘Chemical Hearts,’ you’ll enjoy this one too.
3. The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
Nadine Franklin (Hailee Steinfeld), a seventeen-year-old high school student who doesn’t get along with her popular brother, is the focus of this coming-of-age drama. Still, she has a bad relationship with the image-obsessed mom. Her only solace after the death of her father a few years ago is her best friend Krista. When Krista and Darian start dating, everything changes for her. Nadine and Grace share a lot of characteristics, such as the belief that they are the only ones in the world.
4. Southside with You (2016)
Before ‘Chemical Hearts,’ Tanne directed only one film, ‘Southside with You,’ a biographical drama about the first date between former US President Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and First Lady Michelle Obama (Tika Sumpter), who was Michelle Robinson at the time. Tanne wrote and produced this earlier project as well, just like she did with ‘Chemical Hearts’. The stories of “Chemical Hearts” and “Southside with You,” despite their obvious differences, both revolve around the central theme of romance.
5. The Way, Way Back (2013)
Nat Faxon and Jim Rash make their feature film directorial debut with ‘The Way, Way Back.’ Duncan (Liam Jones) is a fourteen-year-old boy in an independent film about his summer vacation on Cape Cod with his mother, stepfather and stepsister. While there, he runs into a motley crew of water park employees, including Owen (Sam Rockwell), the park’s owner, who offers him a job. Fans of ‘Chemical Hearts’ will enjoy this heartwarming and funny film because of the hopeful and sentimental undertones.
6. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay, and Gus Van Sant directed the film, which tells the story of Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius who works as an MIT janitor. In South Boston, his life has been a struggle. Stellan Skarsgrd’s character Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgrd) offers to free the young man from prison in exchange for the young man studying mathematics with him and undergoing therapy. In the wake of Will’s success in driving away several therapists with mockery, Lambeau turns to his old college roommate Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), who is now a psychology professor at Bunker Hill Community College. Will’s life has not been kind, and like Grace’s, he has constructed a psychological wall to protect himself.
7. Adventureland (2009)
‘Adventureland,’ yet another coming-of-age story that takes place primarily in a theme park, follows James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg), a recent college graduate. His parents say they can’t afford a trip to Europe for him, despite his expressed desire to go. A local amusement park hires James when he discovers he is nearly unemployed. The central plot of the film revolves around his interactions with the diverse cast of characters working at the theme park.
8. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
An intelligent, offbeat romantic comedy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, this film perfectly subverts every expectation a viewer might have from a film in the genre. For all its exuberance, the film “500 Days of Summer” is also an attack on romantic love. It’s a story rooted in reality, just like ‘Chemical Hearts.’ Both films’ leading couples aren’t on the same page when it comes to their relationship goals, which causes conflict.
9. Five Feet Apart (2019)
Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play Stella Grant and Will Newman, respectively, in the film ‘Five Feet Apart.’ They’re both cystic fibrosis patients in their teens. They get to know each other and begin to fall in love, but they are only allowed to be six feet apart due to the risk of infection from one person to the other. Their willingness to take a chance, on the other hand, is what gives the movie its title.
10. The Sun Is Also a Star (2019)
‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ is a New York-based Generation Z love story. An extradition hearing has been scheduled for the family of illegally-immigrant Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi). Lester Barnes intervenes just in time to prevent her from being hit by a car and killing her (Hill Harper). Natasha appears shaken as Lester takes her to a nearby location where they can sit and talk. The man boasts about his ability to make her fall in love with him in a matter of hours or even minutes. Though skeptical, she agrees to take part in his experiment. There are relatable characters in both “Chemical Hearts” and “The Sun Is Also a Star,” both of which are postmodern love stories.