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Favorite School Themed Movies

  • Aug 14, 2010
As we are in the back to school time of year I wanted to share some of my favorite films that have a "principal" school theme. Some movies that I heard are good such as Old School and Ten Things I Hate About You have been left off only because they are still on my to view list.
Good Will Hunting
One of my favorite all-time movies. Probably Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's best roles together. Damon as the genious School janitor with Minnie Driver as his smart girlfriend who tries to help him adjust to life.
See the full review, "Superb!".
Scent of a Woman
Al Pacino's diatribe against the college disaplinery board near the end of the film is classic! Frank Slater is sightless and during school break he wants a student to take him to New York one last time. Slater helps the student to become a man while the student gives Slater a point to his own existence.
See the full review, "Pacino Takes on the University!".
National Lampoon's Animal House
The Delta's of Faber College are on double secret probation. We learned the secret behind cucumbers and bedding a MILF. An all-star cast in one of the funniest films ever made! The movie that made John Belushi a star!
Class of Nuke 'Em High
Troma put out a series of highly gory campy movies and this was the best of the lot, better than The Toxi Avenger.
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Lamda Lamda Lamda and the Mews try to overcome the Alphas who do everything in their power to get them thrown out of school because they are "nerds." We learn that nerds make the best lovers because unlike jocks who spend their free time thinking of sports, nerds think of sex.
See the full review, "Extremely Funny".
Back to School
Rodney Dangerfield in his most hilarious movie as businessman Thorton Mellon who fights with Kurt Vonnegut, asks "what's a widget?", while trying to please an ultra conservative and mean Sam Kinneson.
See the full review, "Rodney at his best!".
School Daze
A fun musical based film with Lawrence Fishbourne. Made when Spike Lee was becoming a big director!
School of Rock
Jack Black impersonates a teacher and transforms a class of gifted kids into a top-notch rock band while throwing all other learning out the window. He teaches them to "give it to the man."
See the full review, "Totally Unrealistic but still entertaining!".
Breakfast Club
Probably the best of the brat pack films. A group of teens must spend Saturday in detention. By the end of the afternoon they all seem to bear their souls.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
A fun romp with Sean Penn as a stoned out teen who battles Mr. Hand by getting pizzas delivered to class. A lot of stars in one of their first movies including Forrest Whitaker and Judge Reinhold. And whatever happened to Phoebe Cates?

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August 17, 2010
Fun list, Michael! I don't watch many movies, so I'm surprised that I've seen most of these :D
August 17, 2010
I guess we have like tastes in movies then.
August 16, 2010
Phoebe Cates married Kevin Kline; I don't know much about her career lately but she starred in a modest, enjoyable film "Caraboo" that I saw a while back. She's still as beautiful as ever.
August 16, 2010
I don't know why but I would have expected DEAD POETS' SOCIETY to be on this list. It was such a popular movie. And then there was GOOD WILL HUNTING.
August 16, 2010
Haven't seen it yet. Maybe after I see it I will add it.
August 17, 2010
Then there's THE HISTORY BOYS which Alan Bennett adapted from his own stage play. It's about an English boys' school where the students are getting ready for the exams for Oxford etc. Mostly it's about their relationship with their gay teacher.
August 18, 2010
I never heard of that one but will have to look for it.
August 19, 2010
Bennett also wrote THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE which is great movie if you historical pieces.
August 19, 2010
Haven't seen it but I'll look for it.
August 20, 2010
It was nominated for 4 Oscars in '94 including Best Screenplay from other source (Bennett adapting his own play), Best Supporting Actress (Helen Mirren), and Best Actor (Nigel Hawthorne).
August 16, 2010
Fun list, Michael! Thanks so much for creating it!
August 16, 2010
ah..school...such fond memories of little responsibilities LOL! Loved your selections here and I am pleasantly surprised that SCHOOL OF ROCK made the cut!
August 16, 2010
I found School of Rock to be fun and a lot better than what I expected going in as flawed as it was thinking that a prestigious school doesn't know what's going on in one of its classes.
August 16, 2010
Love #1, can't really appreciate #2 (although some of the men I know love this one for some reasons), haven't seen the rest :p
August 14, 2010
Nice list. The Breakfast Club and Fast Times are two of my favorite school-themed movies, along with Pretty in Pink. Have seen all of them several times. I also enjoyed Revenge of the Nerds and School of Rock but, for me, those were mostly one-viewing movies. I never thought of Scent of a Woman as being school themed! Then again, I've only seen it once (when it first came out in theatres), so I don't remember much--except of course for HOO-ah! :)
August 14, 2010
the breakfast club???
August 14, 2010
Good catch, I added it.
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