Schooling with Jinni!September 13th, 2012 by Ben
Summer vacations are always a great deal of fun, but all good things must come to an end, and with that the school year comes around again! It’s been quite some time since my days as a student, but it’s not as bad as it’s usually cracked up to be.
For most people, high school and college set the courses during which their personalities will take shape for the rest of their lives, and with good reason: There are geeks, bullies, hunks, metal heads, whacky teachers and students alike, just take your pick on which suits you the most! As for me, I’ll give you a little piece of advice on which movies or TV shows you can watch to ease your transition from freedom to bashing your head against the desk.
First Period – The Suspenseful Angle
Donnie Darko (2001)
You can’t start off the school year without a cult classic. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this high school thriller about a mentally unstable student that has visions of a gigantic bunny rabbit which manipulates him to commit crimes that he doesn’t remember later on.
The pace of this movie is very different. It revolves around a loner teenager called Brendan who is more of an amateur detective trying to solve the murder of his ex-girlfriend, which he is still in love with. Brendan’s wittiness incorporated with many clever twists and turns makes this neo noir very true to itself and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Recess – The Stoner Angle
21 Jump Street (2012)
This recent remake to the ’87 TV series, brings the comical duo of rising stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Both actors play the stereotypical geek and high school hunk who become partners against crime after graduation. As cops, they both underachieve, so they become reinstated back in high school as undercover cops, and while on the job, they switch roles inadvertently.
High School (2010)
Remember kids, don’t do drugs! You know why? Cause when you do, nothing will go right, which is just what happens in this humorous comedy that tells the story of a high school valedictorian who gets acquainted with drugs for the first time. A school-wide drug inspection then ruins his plans to make it to college. Creating further disorder, he teams up with the high school stoner, who comes up with a crazy plan to make the entire school fail the inspection. Featuring Adrien Brody as a crazy drug dealer named Psycho Ed. Priceless.
Introducing – The Whacky Ensembles!
This sitcom centers around a lawyer whose education deems void by the Bar so he is forced to enroll in a community college in order to get his bachelor’s degree. It features a whacky ensemble cast that shows the offbeat side of college with some really hardcase students. This may strike you as very common grounds to base a sitcom on, but it’s talkative style, combined with lots of irreverent humor, always keeps you laughing for more.
Saved By The Bell (1989)
We all grew up watching this show, don’t try to deny it! This show had it ALL – jocks, geeks, gossip and rumors, a fashion lover and a feminist. You could easily relate to this high school show as a kid, when all you cared about was social relationships with the people around you, instead of dealing with teachers and the boring homework you had all day long. This is the show that was known to have launched the careers of Elizabeth Berkley and Tiffany Amber Thiessen.
The Inbetweeners (2012)
From MTV Studios comes this remake of the successful British series. It’s always hard to find your place in high school. Everything is being defined by coolness, popularity and a long line of social awkwardness! To help you figure it out better, join Will and his high school buddies who will absorb the humiliation for you.
Final Period of the Day – The Dramatic Angle
Rules of Attraction (2002)
Notorious filmmaker Roger Avary (known for penning Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino) directs this romantic college drama, with his familiar irreverent post-modern style. It features early roles from some very notable actors such as James Van Der Beek, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth and Ian Somerhalder. The film is very stylized and witty, and features multiple stories of a variety of college characters but centers mostly around a love triangle between a womanizer, a virgin and a bisexual.
My So-Called Life (1994)
We’ve got to have a little bit of 90s in the mix, and this talky drama, best known for helping Claire Danes make her breakthrough into stardom, revolves around it’s main character – Angela and her emotional conflicts on the matter of falling in love with boys and what to do with her life in the future.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
We can’t conclude without this modern classic, a coming of age drama about five high school students who must sit through detention together. Despite their social differences, they find more in common than they initially thought they had. They converse about all the teenage problems in life, from parental issues to sexual relations. This film is most known for it’s famous makeover scene of a social misfit who turns beautiful in a heartbeat and captivates the heart of the main protagonist in an uplifting manner.
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