Going back to school for some may not be something to be excited over. Then there’s others who love it. I’d certainly be one in the former, though as someone who (I think) does like some sense of routine), maybe there’d weirdly be part of this I wouldn’t mind? Either way, because it’s that going back to school timeframe, we’re looking at some movies set in school. Probably not a very thorough list, but this is where you guys come in.
Some of these are movies I grew up with. Others are movies that while they released in my growing up years, I didn’t experience the same at the time nostalgia as everyone else. Either way, while most are about teenagers (because who else is primary in a high school setting?), some of these are cult classics and in the right mood, they can be a fun watch. Let’s get back to school and find out which titles these are.
MOVIES SET AT SCHOOL
Featuring Julia Stiles and Heath Leger, this one is one of those cult classics that features teens and re-tells a kind of The Taming of the Shrew.
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ANNE OF AVONLEA
Now also known as Anne of Green Gables: the Sequel, this is A classic from my childhood. While Anne of Green Gables has some schoolhouse scenes (important ones, too!), Anne of Avonlea is more scholarly telling the stories of Anne’s years as a teacher.
I re-watched this a few years ago and forgot about how it is. It’s maybe the “youngest” on this list in terms of how the characters act or their age, but it’s got some heart plus features Disney stars Vanessa Hudgens and Aly Michalka.
In stark contrast to Anne of Avonlea, we have this modern high school comedy. It follows a teen girl who is anything but popular who learns from a cool guy that she’s considered the DUFF – a “designated ugly fat friend.” Determined to shed this moniker, she tries to remake herself.
A remake, Netflix plops some unknown talent in lead roles in this teen comedy, and for the most part, it’s actually pretty cute. It follows a popular girl re-making the geeky guy in high school. Stream digitally on Netflix
A cult and nostalgic favorite Reese Witherspoon stars as Elle Woods, a woman who stars as a girl chasing the perfect guy to Harvard. It’s all kinds of girly, and cute, and fun, and ultimately, about learning what you’re capable of.
Possibly as popular in terms of name recognition if nothing else as Legally Blonde, this film features Lindsay Lohan in one of her earlier roles. She plays a homeschooled teen entering public high school for the first time.
MONA LISA SMILE
A period title set in the 1950s about a teacher who leaves behind a life and career in LA to teach on the east coast at a conservative women’s college. Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllanhaal co-star.
Drew Barrymore stars in this classic as a reporter who goes undercover hoping to have a better high school experience.
Set in college, this film, the first of three movies, features Anna Kendrick who winds up a part of an acapella group.
This one’s theme really isn’t about “school” life or a plot about school but much of this breakout role for Anne Hathaway does take place inside the school. It’s also just really fun and a throwback movie I enjoy anytime.
SHE’S ALL THAT
One of those cult classics with Freddie Prinze Jr. This is the original that Netflix remade, and while the newer is actually pretty cute. This one is still the more senior classic.
Amanda Bynes stars as a girl who decides to impersonate her brother when her girls’ soccer team is cut. So, she decides to take the place of her brother on his team and thus, the shenanigans begin!
SIERRA BURGESS IS A LOSER
Cute and funny about a case of mistaken identity. Stream exclusively on Netflix
A cute and sometimes silly young adult dramady that is actually better than I gave it credit for. Follows a girl who, like the title suggests, just doesn’t fit in with her peers. Stream exclusively on Netflix
This one isn’t set in school per se, but I kind of must include it as one of my own rules just because it does have roots in high school. Kristen Bell stars as a now successful woman who comes face to face with her high school nemesis again in the worst kind of way.
Off to you all; which of these have you seen? Do you watch any of them multiple times? What movies would you put on this list? Any featured here that you loathe – let’s talk about it all! Comment all the comments below.
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