10 Films Featuring Teens on the Make (Like Gary from ‘Licorice Pizza’)

Sometimes, you might be looking for more specific types of films. Perhaps ones featuring Wes Anderson's best characters or the best James Bond villains or in this case: characters like Gary from Licorice Pizza.

In Licorice Pizza, Gary (Cooper Hoffman) is a kid always with a plan. He is constantly on the make, whether it is acting, selling waterbeds, or opening the first pinball alley in LA the moment prohibition ends. In the world of Licorice Pizza that makes him stand out. He’s a teen entrepreneur, a hustler without peer.


Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is…odd. At 15 there seems to be no extracurricular activity at Rushmore Academy in which he’s not involved in some way. His grades are less than stellar, but then who’s wouldn’t be if they were as busy as Max.

Easy A

Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) has great parents Rosemary and Dill (Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci)—seriously greatest of all-time parents!—a cute brother Chip (Bryce Clyde Jenkins), and a best friend, Rhiannon Abernathy (Aly Michalka). 

Risky Business

Speaking of sex work, Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise)—not the subtle surname—decides to forgo the whole “adapt it to the era” thing and just go right ahead with the traditional version.

The Girl Next Door

What is it with teenagers and sex work? Well, as long as we are on the topic, we might as well keep going. Matthew Kidman (Emile Hirsch) is ready to graduate high school at the top of his class. However, he feels nothing for his high school years. Despite his success and having friends, he’s certain he hasn’t experienced anything memorable.