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Top 10 films set in colleges or schools to binge-watch

15 April 2020

Looking for something to do? We’ve got you covered.

We’ve put together our top 10 films set in colleges or schools. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of Mean Girls or more into the wit and charm of The Breakfast Club, there’s something for everyone in our top 10 list.

So, put down your books and take a break from studying for the evening and unwind!

10. Love, Simon

Love, Simon is a beautiful romantic teen comedy. It centres on Simon Spier, a gay high school boy who hasn't yet come out and is forced to balance his friends, his family, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school. This is all going on while he attempts to discover the identity of the anonymous classmate with whom he has fallen in love with online.

It is funny, warm-hearted, life affirming and should definitely be added to your watch list.

9. Harry Potter

No list of movies about college or school could be complete without the adventures of the bespectacled wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

With eight classic films that get progressively darker, an all-star British cast, and engrossing plots, the Harry Potter series firmly deserves its place in our top ten list.

8. Juno

Juno is a delightful coming-of-age comedy about a 16-year-old school girl who falls pregnant with her classmate Paulie’s baby and has a big decision to make about what to do. Despite the serious nature of the plot, the film delivers constant laughs and feel-good moments that made it a surprise hit back in 2007.

7. Easy A

Easy A follows the story of Olive Penderghast, a 17-year-old student who lies about going on a date and sleeping with a guy to get out of a camping trip. The wildfire of lies spread around the school and it isn’t long before Olive is pretending to sleep with anyone to boost not only her reputation, but the guys she 'sleeps with'.

Emma Stone is brilliant in the lead role and makes this film a teen classic.

6. Grease

We couldn’t have a top ten list without featuring at least one musical (sorry, High School Musical, but you aren’t Grease). Grease is an all-time classic, set in the rocking 1950’s, with leather jackets, slicked back hair and classic songs galore.

It also touches on some very important points, such as potential teenage pregnancy, struggles at school and heartbreak. If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to watch it ASAP!

5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Okay, I know what you are going to say. This technically doesn’t take place in a school and is about bunking off (seriously, don’t do it people). BUT it is an absolute classic comedy that deserves your attention.

The film sees Ferris Bueller fake a sick day to organise the best day off ever with his girlfriend Sloane and best friend Cameron. On the way, they borrow Cameron’s Dad’s priceless Ferrari, taking in the sights of Chicago, including a baseball game and even end up in a parade. Their hilarious adventures and ways they avoid their headteacher who is chasing them is comedy gold.

4. The Breakfast Club

Another John Hughes classic for you. This 1985 film sees a group of five students from different social cliques spend their Saturday stuck in an all-day detention, left with the task of completing an essay on “who they think they are”.

What follows is a journey of discovery that all five of the students might come from different walks of life, but they all face similar problems. It is a touching reminder that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

3. Back to The Future

One of the most iconic films of all-time, Back to the Future sees teenager, Marty McFly, accidentally travel back in time to 1955 in a time machine that his friend “Doc” Dr Emmett Brown has built.

While exploring a different looking Hill Valley, Marty stumbles across his parents as teenagers and suddenly becomes his mother’s love interest.

Knowing that he won’t exist if his parents don’t meet, Marty has to frantically set up his mother and father to meet at school, while also trying to get to get back to the year 1985.

2. Ten Things I Hate About You

Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a teen high school comedy set in the early 90s. It is the perfect set up for what is basically a perfect film. New student, Cameron Jones, gets smitten with Bianca Stratford at school but is warned that she can only date someone, if her sister is dating too. Enter Julia Stiles who plays Kat, a rebellious character and completely the opposite of her sister. Cameron comes up with a plan to pay bad boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to take Kat out so that he can date Bianca.

Ten Things I Hate About You is a hilarious, touching and damn-right brilliant film that goes down as one of the best teen films of all time.

1. Mean Girls

One of THE most iconic and quotable films of all-time and comfortably, the best film set in a school/college.

After a lifetime of home schooling, Cady Heron arrives from Africa and enrols at what seems to be a normal American high school. After a rough first day, she meets Janis and Damien who educate her about the school hierarchy, including 'the Plastics', led by school Queen, Regina George.

The Plastics take an interest in Cady who goes undercover to try and discover the existence of the “Burn Book”, a bible of insults and gossip against every student at the school. What follows is a masterclass in teen comedy and some of the most hilarious scenes you will ever see.

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