Ah, school. The best twelve to thirteen (or more!) years of our lives.
Well, maybe not the best. But definitely the most memorable, right? ‘Cause school is where you make lifelong friends, priceless self-discoveries, and horribly embarrassing mistakes that you’ll regret well into your adulthood.
The first day of school is just around the corner! Whether you’re still in school, or you’ve already graduated and you’re just feeling sentimental, enjoy our 7 favorite school-themed movies–as soon as you finish your homework, of course.
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The Herons home-schooled their daughter, Cady (Lindsey Lohan), during their twelve-year research trip to Africa. When they return to the States, Cady attends public school. There, she joins a clique of popular girls called “The Plastics”, and learns all about the highly sophisticated (and often heinous) ways of the American teenager.
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Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) tells his parents that he’s sick, sets up this elaborate facade with a dummy to make it look like he’s still in bed, then calls his friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) to join him on an epic adventure. With his sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) and his high school’s Dean, Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) suspicious of his antics, Ferris is determined to make the most of his day and be back in bed by the time his parents get home from work.
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After getting kicked out of his band, No Vacancy, Dewey Finn (Jack Black) is in danger of being evicted from his home. To earn the money he needs to pay his rent, Dewey impersonates a substitute, and teaches a class of fourth-graders at a prep school. While he’s a poor substitute for a substitute teacher, Dewey sees the musical talent in his students, and recruits them to perform with him in the upcoming Battle of the Bands.
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Five students from completely different social circles are forced to spend eight hours and fifty-four minutes together during Saturday morning detention at Shermer High. “Athlete” Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez), “Criminal” John Bender (Judd Nelson), “Brain” Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall), “Princess” Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald), and “Basket Case” Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) have been instructed to write an essay about who they think they are. They spend the hours in deep conversation, discussing personal problems and secrets.
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To get out of going camping over the weekend with her friend Rhiannon Abernathy’s (Aly Michalka) parents, Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) lies and says she’s going on a date. The next Monday, to perpetuate the lie, Olive tells Rhiannon she lost her virginity to a college boy. The rumor spreads through the school as fast as young, busybody tongues can carry it. Olive uses the gossip to her advantage to achieve popularity.
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At his new school, Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becomes infatuated with Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik), but learns that her father is domineering, and unwilling to let her, or her older sister Kat (Julia Stiles) date. Cameron and his friend Michael (David Krumholtz) search for a guy to date Kat, and find a willing participant in Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger).
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Greg Heffley’s (Zachary Gordon) starting middle school, and he’s using the opportunity to recreate himself. He has dreams of being the funny/cool kid with a pretty girl on his arm—but with a dorky best friend and life-ruining older brother, Greg’s dreams of grandeur aren’t as easy to achieve as he’d originally thought.
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