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Cinema's Oldest High Schoolers

In reality, they'd all be arrested

Cinema's Oldest High Schoolers

Whether it's to get around child labour laws or simply to make actual teenagers feel horribly inadequate, Hollywood has been casting adults as children for a worryingly long time.

Now that we're well past our high school days, we can still take comfort in these 30 actors who've managed to stick a well-paid finger up at the cruel beast that is age. There's hope for us all.

(Images: All Star, Rex Features, YouTube)

Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

Year: 1986

Played by: Alan Ruck

Character's Age:18

Real Age: 29


Betty Rizzo (Grease)

Year: 1978

Played by: Stockard Channing

Character's Age: 17

Real Age: 34


Napoleon Dynamite (Napoleon Dynamite)

Year: 2004

Played by: Jon Heder

Character's Age: 16

Real Age: 27


Ren McCormack (Footloose)

Year: 1984

Played by: Kevin Bacon

Character's Age: 17

Real Age: 26


Billy Loomis (Scream)

Year: 1996

Played by: Skeet Ulrich

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 26


Michelle Flaherty (American Pie)

Year: 1999

Played by: Alyson Hannigan

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 25


Denis Cooverman (I Love You Beth Cooper)

Year: 2009

Played by: Paul Rust

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 28


Carrie White (Carrie)

Year: 1976

Played by: Sissy Spacek

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 27


Peter Parker (Spider-Man)

Year: 2002

Played by: Tobey Maguire

Character's Age: 17

Real Age: 27


Cecile Caldwell (Cruel Intentions)

Year: 1999

Played by: Selma Blair

Character's Age: 16

Real Age: 26


Steve Andrews (The Blob)

Year: 1958

Played by: Steve McQueen

Character's Age: 16

Real Age: 28


Kelly Van Ryan (Wild Things)

Year: 1998

Played by: Denize Richards

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 27


John Bender (The Breakfast Club)

Year: 1985

Played by: Judd Nelson

Character's Age: 17

Real Age: 26


Curt (American Graffiti)

Year: 1973

Played by: Richard Dreyfuss

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 26


Regina George (Mean Girls)

Year: 2004

Played by: Rachel McAdams

Character's Age: 16

Real Age: 26


Jack Stall (A History Of Violence)

Year: 2005

Played by: Ashton Holmes

Character's Age: 16

Real Age: 27


Marty McFly (Back to the Future III)

Year: 1990

Played by: Michael J Fox

Character's Age: 17

Real Age: 29


Jess Kaur Bhamra (Bend It Like Beckham)

Year: 2002

Played by: Parminder Nagra

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 27


Dionne Davenport (Clueless)

Year: 1995

Played by: Stacey Dash

Character's Age: 15

Real Age: 29


Frank Abagnale Jr (Catch Me If You Can)

Year: 2002

Played by: Leonardo DiCaprio

Character's Age: 16

Real Age: 28


Ted Stroehmann (There's Something About Mary)

Year: 1998

Played by: Ben Stiller

Character's Age: 16

Real Age: 33


Keith Nelson (Some Kind Of Wonderful)

Year: 1987

Played by: Eric Stoltz

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 26


Julie (Jawbreaker)

Year: 1999

Played by: Rebecca Gayheart

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 28


Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid III)

Year: 1989

Played by: Ralph Macchio

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 28


Kim (Taken)

Year: 2008

Played by: Maggie Grace

Character's Age: 17

Real Age: 25


Han (Better Luck Tomorrow)

Year: 2002

Played by: Sung Kang

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 29


Alan 'Mollymauk' Musgrave (Lord Love A Duck)

Year: 1966

Played by: Roddy McDowell

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 37


Carter Horton (Final Destination)

Year: 2000

Played by: Kerr Smith

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 28


Riff Randell (Rock N Roll High School)

Year: 1979

Played by: P.J. Soles

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 29


Shawn Colfax (Fired Up!)

Year: 2009

Played by: Nicholas D'Agosto

Character's Age: 18

Real Age: 30