Even today, Heathers' spin on cliques, teen suicide, and homosexuality still has bite. Fast Times at Ridgemont High - 1982 When screenwriter Cameron Crowe went undercover to observe the species Teenagerus americanus, he returned with more than the usual grab-bag of anecdotes about horny, apple-pie-humping guys and the popularity-obsessed girls who must fight them off with a stick. These horny, angst-ridden teens deal with sex, mortality, money, and a li'l Texas football by being themselves: subconsciously callous. But Jimmy Chitwood Maris Valainis is part Larry Bird, part Rain Man, letting the swish of the basketball net do his talking. Running off to join the circus? Clueless - 1995 It's a rare movie that makes you want to befriend the prettiest, most popular girl in school. So of course they need the advice of those who have been there, right? Whatever the choice, it infuses this most innocently joyous eve-of-adulthood film with that bittersweet feeling of leaving one's childhood behind. He returned with 24-karat truth.
He doesn't go easy on anybody - not Matthew Broderick's weak, meddling teacher, nor Reese Witherspoon's -accented student-council-president candidate. Written by i never expect much of movies these days as I've been burned so many times, so i always go in expecting the worse. Pie was both funnier and bawdier than Porky's, though that 1981 romp gets points for Kim Cattrall's outrageous orgasm scene. I think if this had a big budget it could be truly epic. Ferris Bueller's Day Off - 1986 Who didn't want to be Ferris in 12th grade? Dean was a refreshing change from the well-scrubbed teens of earlier Hollywood films. Until Chevrolet makes an actual plutonium-powered time machine, we'll have to live vicariously through this humorously goofy Francis Ford Coppola flick, in which Peggy Sue Kathleen Turner goes back in time to figure out whether pompadoured heartthrob Charlie Nicolas Cage is her one and only. For the new kid in school, it doesn't get any easier.
American Pie - 1999 A frivolous teen comedy that left its mark: Jason Biggs taught us the dangers of webcam misuse and baked-goods abuse , while the guy who'd become Harold - or was it Kumar? Though he finds a friend in the extremely troubled Plato Sam Mineo , Stark gets into it on his first day with a gang of bullies, in a knife fight and later in a chickie run. If the postgraduation romance between an earnest kickboxer and a sheltered valedictorian doesn't win you over, repeat steps one and two and listen closer. Shaq is terrified of ending up like him. But if hell is other people - and high school is hell - then John Hughes is the genre's Sartre, and this is his No Exit. They also are thinking about what comes next. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Ohio.
And while we still don't necessarily understand it all, few films deal so matter-of-factly with the sheer dread both literal and metaphoric of teen life. But it's about school days: Just the fact that Jason Schwartzman's tirelessly enterprising Max Fischer is a student at all becomes palpably bittersweet, since he's too young to ever win Olivia Williams, the teacher of his and anyone's dreams. Dead Poets Society - 1989 Perhaps the finest movie in a shockingly sparse mini-genre: the high school weepie. The High-Schooler's Guide to College Parties centers on a high-school senior named Shaquille a cool name he should appreciate. All hell breaks loose as Shaq tries to fix the party—and his future. But not all girls are Cher Alicia Silverstone , who gets as many killer lines as fashion ensembles, learns that seeing the best in others is a way to better yourself, and discovers the joy of shopping with a well-dressed gay man - all at the ripe age of 15. Never mind the serious sociological stuff.
Sheedy's goth freak gets a makeover, then gets the guy: well-earned happy ending or antifeminist propaganda? But the witty banter, mostly by the grown-ups, makes it all less bleak. It's time to make a change, and he thinks that getting into the right college with the right people is the answer. It also launched careers and dished out still-relevant life lessons: Jennifer Jason Leigh relax your throat muscles when fellating a carrot , Phoebe Cates always knock before entering a bathroom , and Judge Reinhold. Election - 1999 Before taking on geezers About Schmidt and oenophiles Sideways , director Alexander Payne in Election scabrously exposed the most embarrassing shortcomings of high schoolers in an artful, hilarious way. But we remember Lucas for its smart scrawny hero an affecting Corey Haim , who showed that the strongest kid is the one who walks through the halls knowing he'll be teased. Who wouldn't want school to be a magical place where you could wake up and call in sick with an awesome hacking-cough keyboard and then see your name in a get-well-soon message painted on the side of a water tower by lunch, all while you were cruising through Chicago in a red Ferrari? Here was a character young audiences could finally recognize.
Mean Girls - 2004 There was a time when Lindsay Lohan was best known for her acting rather than her party-hopping. Hoosiers - 1986 Most school movie jocks are belligerent bullies. But in this Brian De Palma classic, the wallflower eventually gets her revenge in the spectacularly gory prom climax even disposing of a Kotter-era John Travolta. Maybe that's why it still feels so. His support of embattled Coach Dale Gene Hackman sways the town, and his skill transforms Dale from goat to genius. The film never strains for coming-of-age treacle.
Possibly hook up with that beatnik of a guy you always wondered about? What are you telling the graduates in your lives? Shaquille has grown up below the radar and believes that his ticket to a better life lies in throwing a college party. Money and connections have escaped him his whole life. Heathers - 1989 For those who dream about offing an obnoxious classmate, Heathers is the ultimate fantasy. It runs for 90 min. In fact, Election is as mean as high school at its worst. And that the most interesting person finds beauty where he can - even in the sewer system, sitting beneath a manhole cover, listening to a live symphony above.
While Mean Girls is technically a comedy, its depiction of girl-on-girl cattiness stings incredibly true. The cast for the most part are likable except the older sister who i couldn't stand , the locations while not outrageously exciting or exotic, provide just enough to make do. After all, high school makes you cry sometimes. All hell breaks loose as Shaq tries to fix the party—and his future. The concept is simple: one Saturday detention, five unhappy teens, and their scramble to prove they're each something more than a brain Anthony Michael Hall , an athlete Emilio Estevez , a basket case Ally Sheedy , a princess Molly Ringwald , and a criminal Judd Nelson. It may lack the scope of its peers - the drinking, the driving, the listless loitering in parking lots - as well as any scenes that actually take place during school. Descriptions were derived from the original source.
Shaq is desperately trying to move up social class. This movie was released in the year 2015. Shaq has grown up below the radar, raised in a middle-class family by an laid-back father who marches to the beat of his own drum. This is a pretty decent film for what it is. Only somebody too cool for school could resist. Peggy Sue Got Married - 1986 Would you change anything if you could relive high school? Carrie - 1976 School can be terrifying, especially when you're an awkward telekinetic teen whose mother is a loony religious zealot.
Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our and © 2019 Advance Ohio. Poor Carrie White can't even get through P. Since Shaq has no funds and weak grades, his college choices more along the community college level, but he believes that will only. And for a movie featuring so many stoners, Dazed is mammothly ambitious: Few other films say as much about starting, sticking around in, and leaving high school. It's not going to happen! Thanks to Matthew Broderick as Ferris, teenagerdom has never felt more fun or mythic. Full of mordant wit, shocking violence, and savvy performances by Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, the flick was the antithesis of the earnest '80s John Hughes films - you'd never see Molly Ringwald serving up a kitchen-cleaner cocktail for Ally Sheedy.