September is here and for a lot of you, school is back in session. Some of you are gearing up for the year by doing some back to school shopping or getting a leg up by starting that midterm essay as soon as possible, but if you are anything like us, you only asked yourself one question: What movies should I watch to get psyched for a new school year? You know we’ve always got your back here at Fangirly, we came up with a list of our top 5 high school movies
5. Easy A – Let’s not kid ourselves. The thing that saves Easy A from being an average, albeit really funny, High School movie is the undeniably awesome Emma Stone. We here at Fangirly are ardent fans of cool, funny women and these days Ms. Stone seems to corner the market on cool and funny. This movie also takes Nathanial Hawthorn’s classic snoozer The Scarlet Letter to new heights. ‘Cause honestly, if given the choice between bible thumping puritans and a cute, funny High School comedy, we choose cute and funny. Every time.
4. Heathers- This one has all the elements of a classic high school movie. Murder, sex, croquet, Christian Slater, and 80’s mall-rat slang. And, as every good High School movie should, it taught us how to navigate the trickiest four years of any gal’s life. First, fall in with a group of popular girls you hate so that jocks will talk to you. Second, if you happen to meet a handsome bad boy, boff him at your earliest convince. And finally, if said bad boy goes bananas, you may need to take him down, armed only with a scrunchie and your can-do attitude. Then, one day, you’ll look back and realize they were the best years of your life.
3. John Hughes movies – Yeah, we know that we are cheating a little here, but if we didn’t count the John Hughes catalog as one, this list would end up being… the John Hughes catalog. His movies are the end-all-be-all of high school movies. They are iconic. The true mark of their timelessness is that even if you hate(d) high school, you still want to kiss Jake Ryan over Sixteen Candles. You still want to get sentenced to detention with the Breakfast Club. You want to take a day off with Ferris.You want a friend like Duckie (who is this cool). And, yeah, you even want some kind of wonderful… make-out sesh with Eric Stolz.
2. Better Off Dead – Man. High school, right? Didn’t you hate those days when your girlfriend who you were obsessed with left you for the captain of the ski team (high school SKI team?), so then you kept trying to kill yourself only to be foiled by your TV dinner obsessed mom or that newspaper boy who kept hounding you for two dollars? At least you had your friend who snorted anything you put in front of him, the foreign exchange student across the street, and your claymation hamburger friends. What’s that? That’s just Lane Myers’ high school experience? Oh well, this movie is still freaking awesome.
1. Clueless– We’re pretty sure that when this Alicia Silverstone vehicle opened in theaters, Jane Austen’s ghost smacked herself on the forehead and said, “That’s what I was missing! Shoulder pads and Paul Rudd!” This movie is, not to hyperbolize, one of the most awesome movies ever made. And we’re not just saying that because of a long standing crush on Breckin Meyer. Clueless combines the best of two worlds: the wit and romance of an Austen novel and the vapid hilarity of High School. Our one criticism? There could have been a little more Breckin Meyer.
Do you agree or disagree with our list? Did we leave off your all-time favorite? Let us know!
-Ellen and Whitney
4 thoughts on “Grade A, Choice Picks: High School Movies”
Nailed it! You girls pegged all of the classics :)
It’s great, right? Totally under appreciated.
Oh, just where to start? I’m currently off work sick and your post has proper cheered me up!
I’m both surprised and not surprised that Grease or Grease 2 weren’t on here, but then I’ve spent a LOT of time arguing the case for Grease 2 that it’s a great sequel, so it was probably for the best, or I’d be textually tussling with people again.
I saw Easy A only recently (thank you LoveFilm) and really enjoyed it. Emma Stone is truly fabulous and I haven’t disliked anything I’ve seen her in so far.
The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink were worn out VHS video cassettes I owned back in the day, and I just HAD to watch the Duckie link as he really was the cutest thing in that film. Certainly better than Andrew McCarthy. Whatever happened to Annie Potts who played Iona? I saw her in Ghostbusters 1 and 2, and I know she played Bo Peep in both Toy Story films but apart from that, it’s been a bit quiet.
Clueless is another timeless classic, which a soundtrack I still play regularly. Breckin Meyer is totally, like, uh, cute in it, but he’s cuter still in the 1998 film, 54, where he’s topless quite a bit of the time. Nom.