Now that Labor Day has come and gone, summer is officially over. If school hasn’t started in your area, it’s about to. If you’re starting another year, one thing is certain: going back to school kind of sucks. Here are the top three back-to-school movies to make it sucks less.
Back-To-School #3: 21 Jump Street (2012)
In this action-packed movie, two young cops, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go under cover as high school students to dismantle a teen drug problem. This movie makes going back to school relatable, even if you’ve been out of school for years. Schmidt and Jenko make several “back in the day” comments throughout the film, which really gives 20-somethings an idea of how things have changed. Then, it was cool to be an athlete. Now, it’s cool to be a nerd. This makes the franchise relatable across generations.
Moral: Don’t forget the good times, but remember to move forward.
Back-To-School Movie #2: Animal House (1978)
Further cementing the idea that college Greek life is one big party, Animal House does not disappoint. It follows two freshman pledges in their attempt to join the Omega Theta Pi fraternity. When they’re turned down, they opt for the Delta Tau Chi fraternity, which has been placed on “Double Secret Probation” for bad grades and excessive partying. With appearances by well-known actors such as Donald Sutherland and Kevin Bacon, Animal House is also credited as SNL-alum John Belushi’s breakout movie role. Thanks to notorious lines, such as Bacon’s “Thank you sir, may I have another?” moment, or John Belushi’s “Pop me, I’m a zit-get it?”, this movie’s filled with classic scenes. It’ll have you shouting, “TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!” for your next themed party.
Moral: Enjoy the good times, but beware of consequences.
Back-To-School Movie #1: Mean Girls (2004)
This movie is a classic. It follows a new student, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) as she starts at a new school. She quickly learns that if you want to survive and make friends, you have to fit yourself into one of the cliques. This is the film that rocketed Rachel McAdams (as the ever-bitchy Regina George) to super-stardom. This is the film that gave us great lines such as, “On Wednesdays we wear pink,” and “Boo, you whore!” This is the film that reminds us that stereotypes are made to be broken. There are other movies that capture high school girl culture–such as The Heathers (1988) and Clueless (1995), but none seem to be as highly regarded as Mean Girls.
Moral: Stereotypes are meant to be broken.
Whether you want to reflect on your school days or relieve the pain of another first day of school, these movies have something for everyone.