13 Top Back To School Movies
Yesterday, I started the back to school celebration with a playlist that I have to say is pretty incredible. Today, we're switching gears to movies. If there's one thing that was responsible for me always wanting to be a teenager, it's 90s teen movies. Side note, I'm sure anyone actually going back to school wants to punch me in the face. If I could, I would gladly trade places with anyone going back to high school or college. These movies might not necessarily be set during back to school but they are definitely school-related. I'm sure you've seen a few and I am sure at least one is on your list of favorites.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999): literally my favorite movie of all time. I can recite the entire thing. My aunt will back be up because it annoys the crap out of her. From Kat's bad ass attitude to the freaking bomb soundtrack to the castle for a high school to the hilarious English teach to (RIP) a gorgeous Heath Ledger and baby Joseph Gordon-Levitt, there is absolutely not one thing wrong with this movie. Quick fact: did you know that this movie is a rip off of The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare? I bet that explains Mandella's relationship with the old playwright for you.
A Cinderella Story (2004): I'm talking the original before all of the sequels or remakes. Whatever you want to call them. This was when Hilary Duff was in her prime and Chad Michael Murray was breaking hearts as Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill. I had the biggest crush on this gorgeous man. If you like teen movies, this is just another to add to your list if you haven't seen it already. This is another movie I can quote beginning to end.
The Breakfast Club (1985): there will never be a school-related list that I make without mention of this classic brat pack film. John Hughes was a genius. There are a million things I love about this movie but what makes it so great is definitely the final scene when Anthony Michael Hall reads the letter they wrote in detention. "Don't You (Forget About Me)" begins to play and Judd Nelson puts his fist in the air, a symbol of triumph over the stereotypes that often plague us in youth. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
Can't Hardly Wait: (1998) this 90s film stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, one of my favorite actresses. It's just another typical teen movie, dork meets hottie. Commence awkward romance that would never work in real life. Also, it has Seth Green. Need I say more?
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986): I had to watch this as research for a project a few years ago (I'm not kidding) and it has since become one of my favorite 80s movies. One day, I will visit every spot they hit in the movie and write a blog post or guide of sorts. It's a bucket list item for me and why not? I'll even pretend I'm skipping school, something I would have NEVER tried as an actual student.
Grease (1978): the ultimate back to school movie, this film takes us from the first day of school to graduation. The original with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will forever be our number one but the remake with Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit earlier this year was a pretty strong performance, especially with them as the leads. This will be the only movie I ever mention from the 70s. This is my least favorite decade of the 20th century.
John Tucker Must Die (2006): I remember going to see this in the movie theater while visiting my cousin in Iowa. Not that there aren't enough movies on this list already that I can quote but this is yet another. First of all, can we talk about the cast? Sophia Bush mid-OTH, Jesse Metcalfe, Ashanti, Brittany Snow and Penn Badgley pre-Gossip Girl. It was bound to be a hit with the cast alone.
Pitch Perfect (2012): where do I even start? Not only is this movie hilarious, it has one of the best soundtracks of any film made ever. I love the Breakfast Club tie in and get goosebumps every single time the Bellas perform their final set. This is definitely a BTS movie taking you from the first day on campus through the year.
Say Anything (1989): how can you resist John Cusak standing outside with a boombox. Every girl wants this, literally and figuratively. This is the only thing I remember from this movie but I felt it needed to be on this list.
She's All That (1999): I think Freddie Prinze Jr. was my first official crush. I've seen almost every single one of his 90s movies and I love almost all of them. This one is probably my favorite though. Loser to bombshell and jerk to prince charming, it's a classic story that never gets old and is even better with a gorgeous 20-something Freddie Prinze Jr. Can I just take a minute to point out what a great year 1999 was...
She's the Man (2006): this movie takes us from the first day of school to cotillion. Amanda Bynes was one of my favorite actresses. Seeing her take a dive was almost as bad as Britney going crazy. Amanda and Channing Tatum were magic in this movie. Not only is everyone in this movie freaking gorgeous, it's funny as hell. It's also a twist off of A Midsommernight's Dream by Shakespeare and you all know how much I love old William.
Sixteen Candles (1984): another brat pack, John Hughes film starring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall and Michael Schoeffling. I don't really know why I love this movie because I'm not a huge Molly Ringwald fan but there's just something about it. I really think it has to do with Jake standing outside the church after her sister's wedding waiting for her. Something about it gets me every time.
Step Up (2006): another classic Channing Tatum movie that honestly put him in the spotlight. This will always be my favorite film in the Step Up franchise. The second one was good but Jenna and Channing are magic. 2006 was another surprisingly great year for movies.
What movies make your back to school movie night? Tell me in the comments below.