It’s tough running away from home – you’ve already got to figure out where to stay, how to feed yourself, and what to do when you run out of clean laundry. Then, because the world is full of weirdos, you’ve got a bucketful of clichés to avoid when running away from home. What’s an angsty teen to do these days?

Margo (Cara Delevingne) from Paper Towns probably wouldn't run into monsters though. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Margo (Cara Delevingne) from Paper Towns probably wouldn’t run into monsters though. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

In Paper Towns, Quentin (Natt Wolff) gathers his friends to search for Margo (Cara Delevingne), a runaway teen that he’s madly in love with. While Margo manages to avoid the clichés of running away from home (since most of her running is done off-screen), there have been other teens in movies who didn’t quite manage to avoid such stereotypes.

So here are five instances where screen teens did the exact things your mum probably told you not to.

1) Going on a wild rumpus with monsters you meet for the first time (Where the Wild Things Are)

Max (Max Records) and a Wild Thing in Where the Wild Things Are. Credit: Film.com

Max (Max Records) and a Wild Thing in Where the Wild Things Are. Credit: Film.com

It’s bad enough going anywhere with strangers you meet for the first time, especially when you’re on the run. What’s worse is running away with monsters, and then going on a wild rumpus that causes all manner of destruction with them. That’s exactly what happens in Where the Wild Things Are, and chaos ensues when the protagonist becomes king and is found out that he’s not king-like after all.

2) Running away with penpals you’ve only met once (Moonrise Kingdom)

Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman play fellow penpals Suzy and Sam in Moonrise Kingdom. Credit: We Got This Covered

Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman play fellow penpals Suzy and Sam in Moonrise Kingdom. Credit: We Got This Covered

That’s not too different from running away with strangers you’ve met for the first time, when you think about it. In Moonrise Kingdom, not only do the two (lovestruck) penpals run away, they run afoul of a band of scouts and then are almost captured by a lady from “Social Services”. True, they do manage to establish their own refuge, the titular Moonrise Kingdom, but not before even more hijinks involving hurricanes and lightning storms. At least they manage to be together in the end.

3) Accepting magical candy from a sinister looking stranger (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

The White Witch (Tilda Swinton) tempts Edmund (Skandar Keynes) in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Credit: The Inklings

The White Witch (Tilda Swinton) tempts Edmund (Skandar Keynes) in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Credit: The Inklings

Notice a certain trend about strangers in this article? The next worst thing you can do when meeting a stranger, besides going anywhere with them, is to accept candy. Isn’t this what our mothers always tell us, not to accept candy from a stranger? In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, disastrous consequences befall poor Edmund when he takes enchanted Turkish delight from the White Queen – which turns out to be as addictive as a drug and makes him captive of the Queen.

4) Ignoring important looking items (Tangled)

Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) tries on the crown in Tangled. Credit: Disney Wiki

Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) tries on the crown in Tangled. Credit: Disney Wiki

Whenever something looks regal and important, go with your gut instinct – it probably is. So when you come across something important-looking, don’t go bartering it for some random excursions! That’s exactly what happens in Tangled, when Rapunzel attempts to use the crown to make Flynn Rider take her out of the tower. Come on, Rapunzel, don’t you wonder why everyone wants that crown?

5) Taunting law enforcement officers (Catch Me If You Can)

Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) pulls off another con - as a pilot - in Catch Me If You Can. Credit: news.com.au

Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) pulls off another con – as a pilot – in Catch Me If You Can. Credit: news.com.au

Finally, if you see a police officer and you happen to be a, er, wanted felon, just run away. Yes, you may be able to handle a lone officer, especially if he’s not too competent. But remember, he’s part of a much larger organisation with virtually unlimited resources. If he decides you’re a threat, he’s going to come at you with everything he has. That’s what happens in Catch Me If You Can with Frank Abagnale and his doggedly persistent nemesis Carl Hanratty – a nemesis he would never have made if he didn’t taunt him in the first place!

Given that Quentin (Nat Wolff) is only looking for Margo after hanging out for one night with her in Paper Towns, he's doing the same thing too. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Given that Quentin (Nat Wolff) is only looking for Margo after hanging out for one night with her in Paper Towns, he’s doing the same thing too. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

But what’s the perfect way of running away from home without encountering all these clichés? That’s what Paper Towns when it opens on July 23!

Source: Twentieth Century Fox, Film.com, We Got This Covered, The InklingsDisney Wiki, news.com.au