Fabulous Films for Young Adults

About the Fabulous Films for Young Adults
The purpose of this list is to identify for collection developers a body of films relating to a theme that will appeal to young adults in a variety of settings. Selection criteria consistent with the Library Bill of Rights shall be applied throughout the selection process. Titles chosen are of acceptable quality and are effective in their presentation.

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2013 Selection(s)

Hunger Games

Lions Gate. 142 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $22.96. www.lionsgate.com/

Katniss Everdeen, 16, volunteers in her younger sister's place during the annual Hunger Games and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she's pitted against highly trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives.

I am Legend

Warner Home Video. 100 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $14.99. www.warnerbros.com/

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Jurassic Park

Universal Pictures. 127 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $14.98. www.universalpictures.com/

When scientists discover how to breed dinosaurs from preserved DNA and open a theme park, things go terribly wrong.

King of Thorn

Funimation Entertainment. 120 min. Not Rated. $24.98. http://www.funimation.com/

As the Medousa Virus spreads worldwide, a handful of individuals are selected to be cryogenically frozen while a cure is developed. When they awaken they find the facility mysteriously different and must fight a battle to escape a labyrinthine nightmare.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. 94 min. DVD Rated PG. $6.98. www.echobridgeentertainment.com/

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

Shaun of the Dead

Universal Studios. 99 min. DVD Rated R. $14.98. www.universalstudiosentertainment.com

Brain-hungry zombies shamble through the streets of London, but Shaun only cares about his girlfriend Liz, who just dumped him. With the help of his slacker roommate Ed, Shaun fights his way across town to rescue Liz.

Soul Surfer

Sony Pictures. 106 min. DVD Rated PG. $30.99. www.sonypictures.com/

After surviving a shark attack that leaves her with only one arm, Bethany Hamilton makes a comeback as a competitive surfer.

Tomorrow When the War Began

Freestyle Digital Media. 103 min. DVD Rated R. $24.00. www.freestyledigitalmedia.com/

A group of teenagers return from a camping trip to discover their country has been taken over by an invading army and must band together to survive.


Walt Disney Studio. 93 min. DVD Rated G. $29.99. www.disneydvd.disney.go.com

Wall-E is the last robot of the "Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class" left on earth to clean up the environmental degradation done by the former human inhabitants. When a new robot, EVE, finds plant life on Earth, Wall-E must help the human race return to their former life on Earth.

War of the Worlds

Dreamworks. 116 mins. DVD Rated PG-13. $12.98. http://www.dreamworksstudios.com/

Ray Ferrier, a divorced father who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town, is on the road with his teen son  and preteen daughter in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion.