5 Films Releasing in June that Highlight the Coming-of-Age Experience

Am I Okay, starring Dakota Johnson

June’s movie lineup has it all — quirky Glen Powell rom-coms, coming-of-age tales for all ages, and gritty gang parlays.

The beginning of summer is about finding yourself, whether that’s Dakota Johnson’s character realizing she’s into women late into adulthood, Riley dealing with the new teenage emotions in Pixar’s Inside Out 2, or Glen Powell realizing his untapped potential as a fake hit man.

In order of premiere date, here are 5 upcoming movies releasing in theaters and on streaming to watch in June:
1. Am I OK? — Streaming on Max, June 6
Am I Okay, starring Dakota Johnson
Am I Okay, starring Dakota Johnson (Photo Credit: Max)

Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne’s Am I Okay has the opportunity to be the charming sequel to Johnson’s How To Be Single while acknowledging not all coming-of-age experiences happen in our formative years.

Lucy — after catapulting herself away from a man’s sexual advances — is forced to come to terms with her sexuality in her thirties and a long-held secret that she is attracted to women. Jane, her best friend, is determined to help Lucy come out of the closet before she moves to London, but can their friendship survive these new explorations of romance?

Film Synopsis: Lucy and Jane have been best friends for most of their lives and think they know everything there is to know about each other. But when Jane announces she is moving to London, Lucy reveals a long-held secret. As Jane tries to help Lucy, their friendship is thrown into chaos.

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sonoya Mizuno, Jermaine Fowler, Odessa A’zion, Tig Notaro, Kiersey Clemons.


2. Hit Man — Streaming on Netflix, June 7
Hit Man. (L-R) Glen Powell as Gary Johnson and Adria Arjona as Madison in Hit Man. Cr. Brian Roedel/Netflix © 2024

Hit Man will call itself a “sunlit neo-noir,” but don’t let its confusing marketing and chameleon premise lie to you. This movie is a rom-com — potentially a rom-com with better chemistry than Anyone but You.

If you enjoyed Powell’s historical stint on Scream Queens, you will love to see him back in his weird little comedic wheelhouse. Beyond hilarious hitman personas and blatant thirst traps, Gary and Madison have an intoxicating chemistry that drives this movie to unexpected heights.

Film Synopsis: Richard Linklater’s sunlit neo-noir stars Glen Powell as strait-laced professor Gary Johnson, who moonlights as a fake hitman for the New Orleans Police Department. Preternaturally gifted at inhabiting different guises and personalities to catch hapless people hoping to bump off their enemies, Gary descends into morally dubious territory when he finds himself attracted to one of those potential criminals, a beautiful young woman named Madison (Adria Arjona).

Cast: Glen Powell, Adria Arjona, Austin Amelio, Retta


3. Late Bloomers — In Theaters, June 7
Late Bloomers starring Karen Gillan, Margaret Sophie Stein
Late Bloomers starring Karen Gillan and Margaret Sophie Stein (Photo credit: Vertical)

Another adult coming-of-age entry for the month, Late Bloomers, sees Karen Gillan’s Louise have to undergo physical therapy with people twice her age after her depression and reckless drinking binges lead to a nasty fall.

Soon enough, she finds herself the caregiver of an elderly woman named Antonina, who only speaks Polish. As the two learn to get along, the realities of getting older force our protagonist to confront adulthood.

Film Synopsis: Louise, a 28-year-old Brooklynite adrift in life, finds herself suddenly single and grappling with her identity as a musician. While she struggles with her underlying depression, a reckless drunken stumble lands her with a broken hip and leads to a stint in a physical therapy ward with patients twice her age. Here, she crosses paths with Antonina, a cantankerous elderly Polish woman who speaks no English. Reluctantly, Louise takes on the role of Antonina’s caregiver, a situation neither of them welcomes. As they navigate their begrudging relationship, they confront the realities of aging, forcing Louise to consider her own journey into adulthood.

Cast: Karen Gillan, Margaret Sophie Stein, Jermaine Fowler, Talia Balsam, Kevin Nealon


4. Inside Out 2 — In Theaters, June 14
INSIDE OUT 2 (Photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar)
INSIDE OUT 2 (Photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar)

Get ready to be emotionally destroyed by another Pixar movie. Inside Out’s well-deserved and highly anticipated sequel is here and ready to take on Riley’s teenage years.

The animated film will see the emotions of her childhood struggle to keep control of the headquarters when emotions like Anxiety, Depression, and Envy crash the party. Given how traumatizing our teenage years are, this movie is perfect for kids of all ages who need to see their anxiety physically manifest as Maya Hawke to finally heal.

Film Synopsis: Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. Maya Hawke lends her voice to Anxiety, alongside Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Lewis Black as Anger, Tony Hale as Fear, and Liza Lapira as Disgust. Directed by Kelsey Mann and produced by Mark Nielsen.

Cast: Maya Hawke, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Tony Hale, Liza Lapira, Ayo Edebiri, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Paul Walter Hauser, Kensington Tallman, Lilimar, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Sumayyah Nuriddin-Green, Grace Lu, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bobby Moynihan, Kendall Coyne Schofield, June Squibb


5. The Bikeriders — In Theaters, June 21

The darkest option on this list, The Bikeriders, is a gritty gang thriller that looks at the coming-of-age genre from the perspective of a motorcycle club.

The Vandals begins as a safe haven for its members, but over ten years, the group becomes a sinister operation. Austin Butler’s leading man, caught between his lifestyle and the safety of the family he met in the club, is forced to do whatever it takes to escape the gang’s clutches.

Film Synopsis: The Bikeriders follows the rise of a midwestern motorcycle club, the Vandals. Seen through the lives of its members, the club evolves over the course of a decade from a gathering place for local outsiders into a more sinister gang, threatening the original group’s unique way of life.

Cast: Jodie Comer, Austin Butler and Tom Hardy, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, Norman Reedus


What movies will you be watching this June? Share your picks in the comments below! And catch up with our May movie movie picks right here.

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Alicia is a writer from Canada. She credits her passion for TV and film to superheroes, workplace comedies, cheesy holiday movies, and coming-of-age stories.

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