Wednesday 28 February 2024

My top 5 favourite School movies!

I wouldn't say I am a big movie buff but I do have a lot of favourite films and I have been listing them for a few months. You can read about my favourite action movies, Sci-Fi movies, my favourite Animated movies and my favourite musical movies and my favourite disaster movies. In the run up to Halloween I shared my favourite scary movies and the week after I shared my not so scary movies which were more up my street for the spooky season, in the run up to Christmas I shared my favourite Christmas movies and most recently my favourite sport movies!


This time my top 5 is all about School movies! As a child and teenager I always wanted to go to school in America, they looked so relaxed compared to the strict uniform over here and I am sure the American schools never got as much homework as I did. lol

The Breakfast Club!
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under a power hungry principal. The disparate group includes rebel John, princess Claire, outcast Allison, brainy Brian and Andrew, the jock. Each has a chance to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently and when the day ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.

On the rare time that I had a detention at school they were never like this but I really wanted them to be. Imagine having a detention on a Saturday morning, that is not a thing here. I think this is one of the best 80's movies out there, there is someone that we can relate to. I wanted to be the princess but was more of the outcast. 

Cher is a rich high-school student who is learning to cope with adolescence and its problems. She also helps a new student gain popularity and in the process discovers her own feelings for someone.

Alicia Silverstone was perfect for this movie. You cannot cast anyone better for the part. She was likable and so pretty. Everyone wanted to be like her. It's a fun movie which is easy to watch and like!

Mean Girls!
Teenage Cady Heron was educated in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick primer on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques. She unwittingly finds herself in the good graces of an elite group of cool students dubbed "the Plastics," but Cady soon realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname.

I love this movie, the original, I haven't seen the new version of it which has recently been in the cinema. Mean girls is very funny and shows the cliques at modern high schools. It's wrong but I loved Regina George. She was so mean she was funny, I found it hard to hate her. 

Dangerous Minds!
Former Marine Louanne Johnson lands a gig teaching in a pilot program for bright but underachieving teens at a notorious inner city high school. After having a terrible first day, she decides she must throw decorum to the wind. When Johnson returns to the classroom, she does so armed with a no nonsense attitude informed by her military training and a fearless determination to better the lives of her students, no matter what the cost.

Did you know this was based on a true story? It was based on the autobiographical 1992 book My Posse Don't Do Homework by US Marine-turned-teacher LouAnne Johnson. I didn't know that until I was writing this blog post. It is a heart warming story that at times is quite tragic but shows a growing bond between a group of socially discarded students and a very special teacher.

High School Musical!
Troy Bolton, the star athlete at a small town high school falls for nerdy beauty Gabriella Montez at a holiday karaoke party. When they return to campus Troy and Gabriella audition for the upcoming school musical. Meanwhile, the jealous Sharpay Evans conspires to squelch their chances. The two must struggle to make it to auditions while also meeting their existing obligations to the basketball team and the academic decathlon.

This is only on my list because I was made to love it as my girls used to be obsessed with it, my eldest especially! I have lost count of the times that I have seen it. The story is straightforward and predictable, the acting was just OK and the script was cringey at times but can be forgiven because of the music! 

What are your favourite school movies?

1 comment :

  1. Saturday detentions were never a thing in any American school I knew either... and they looked nothing like the ones in that movie (not that I ever was in detention but I did observe a few when i was staying after school; they mostly looked like a silent class of students staring at the desk or wall or working on homework). BUT I still love The Breakfast Club! I've never seen Mean Girls or High School Musical. But I love Clueless too (and really wanted Cher's closet system).