Us here at Jack understand the significance of education in our lives. We also understand the signifigance of a good movie sometimes is about going to school, meeting hot chicks or hot guys, parties and hanging with our buds.
Here are ten of Jack’s Favorite Back To School Movies.
10. Dead Poets Society (1989)
Ethan Hawke shouting “O Captain! My Captain!,” alone can make this one a tear jearker – even for a dude. Only somebody too cool for school could resist this one.
9. My Bodyguard (1980)
We all remember the High School bully. It was that dude that made life interesting if you were a no friended dork. Matt Dillon is the bully in this one. He’s the guy that made the locker room feel like a prison, or got you with the wet toilet-paper bomb in the bathroom surprise attack. Ahhh, high school: good times, good times.
8. Just One of the Guys (1895)
Every generation has its girl-dresses-as-boy, girl-as-boy-falls-for-boy, boy-freaks-out tale. As the cross-dresser caught in the middle of this flick, Joyce Hyser’s aspiring journalist learns the hard way that there’s more to being a dude than just stuffing a tube sock down your pants.
7. Friday Night Lights (2004)
Is there a sight more wonderful than kids playing a sport just for the sheer love of the game? Especially in a small-town-Texas high school. A great teen movie and a great sports movie, albeit one that may prompt more than one young ballplayer to switch to darts.
6. Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
Long before Grey’s Anatomy, McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) won us over as the lovable lawn-mowing nerd Ronald Miller. After a failed attempt to buy his way into the cool click, Ronny goes from totally chic right back to a total geek. Lesson learned: Sometimes performing the “African Ant Eater Ritual” at the school dance isn’t enough to get you a spot at the right lunch table.
5. Grease (1978)
Naughty but harmless, it’s just like high school should be.
4. Clueless (1995)
Okay so not all girls in high school are like Cher (Alicia Silverstone), who have killer one-liners and discovers the joy of shopping with a well-dressed gay man – all at the ripe age of 15.
3. Sixteen Candles (1984)
Ugh, turning 16 really does suck. It’s even worse when your entire family forgets your birthday. Molly Ringwald puts on a brave face as her character endures basically the worst week of her life, whether it’s having her panties taken by ”the king of the dorks” or getting groped by her grandma.
2. The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Breakfast Club is the best high school movie of all time. Yes, it may lack the drinking, the driving and sex scenes and never mind the serious sociological stuff. The Breakfast Club just rules.
1. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
The film is a classic. To watch Fast Times today is to know exactly what it felt like to be fixated on sex, drugs, and rock & roll in Southern California circa 1982. If you pay attention its sprinkled with a ton of sage advice: “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Dice,” ”When it comes down to making out, whenever possible put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.”