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Get back-to-school inspired with these 5 classic movies

Sorry Alice Cooper but schools back from summer. As parents nationwide celebrate this annual occasion its time to take a look at five of the best school-based movies to watch as students everywhere begrudgingly return to class. Grease 1978 A true classic Grease is inspired by the 1950s Greasers depicting THE stereotypical high-school romance between Danny and Sandy played by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – both of whom were very much not high schoolers by this point but well gloss over that. After they enjoy a dream-like summer romance the two unexpectedly end up attending the same high school the following semester. However the two must maneuver the troublesome social constructs of a stereotypical 50s boy-girl relationship in order to rekindle their romance.

Grease which also lives up to its name in its judicial use of hair care products was directed by Randal Kleiser and has potentially the most recognizable musical soundtrack to date. You will be singing dip da-dip da-dip doo-wop da doo-bee doo if you decide to stream Grease this weekend – which is available to rent on multiple streaming services including Amazon Prime Video. Arguably the most important movie on this list The Breakfast Club is an iconic coming-of-age movie from director John Hughes. The premise is simple; Five high schoolers are forced to attend weekend detention in the school library not-so-carefully watched over by their less-than-loving teacher Richard Vernon.

The students each represent stereotypical teenagers as referenced within the movie itself: You see us as a brain an athlete a basket case a princess and a criminal. A movie that looks to find the similarities between these kids and allows them to open up and grow both individually and as a group The Breakfast Club features a star-studded cast and an equally iconic soundtrack courtesy of Simple Minds If you are an out of work wannabee rock star and not sure what to do with your career – look no further. Jack Blacks unorthodox character Dewey Finn takes on a job as a substitute teacher after being kicked out of a band. Finn subsequently takes the opportunity to turn his class of stuffy students and turn them into a rock band.

Simple charming and heartwarming this Richard Linklater-directed comedy has stood the test of time and remains a must-see almost two decades later. School of Rock can be streamed for free on YouTube. And if nothing else maybe itll make your kids want to give school a try. Starring Lindsay Lohan at the peak of her stardom Mean Girls might not be one to watch if you are looking to set a good example to the younger generation – but for anyone else its a surefire route to a quick laugh every time.

The new girl in school arrives to find the students split by a cliché clique pyramid at the top of which are the Plastics. Lohans Cady Heron works her way into the group only to find herself falling for the ex of one of her new friends. In a wasteland of dumb movies about teenagers Mean Girls is a smart and funny one Roger Ebert wrote. The high school jock and nerd become best friends? Now THATS a novel idea. 21 Jump Street sees the two former classmates bump into each other once more helping one another through the police academy. The now-friends are subsequently told to go undercover as high schoolers to prevent the spread of a new drug – where once more their roles are reversed.

On paper much of this movies premise is a dime a dozen but this funny and lighthearted movie is so well executed that its lack of originality is easily forgiven. It has been announced that the winner of the annual Lone Star Film Festivals Larry McMurtry Award for 2022 is Texas filmmaker Taylor Sheridan. Sheridan known for his work as a writer on Hell or High Water Sicario and Yellowstone will also be celebrated for his recent success with the Yellowstone prequel series 1883. The Paramount+ series was filmed in the Lone Star State including on location in Fort Worth.

The award will be presented to Sheridan this November at the festivals gala.

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