Clueless (1995): Back to School

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Is there a better back to school movie than this? Ugh, as if! This movie is one of my favorite things of all time, a 90’s high school comedy. Cher Horowitz is popular, wealthy, and attractive. She means well but her privilege leads her efforts to be a little misguided at times. She often spars with her ex-stepbrother Josh who thinks Cher is superficial. She begins to attempt to prove that she is a good person and not shallow but helping a new girl become popular and by volunteering. She goes through some struggles with her friendships and is upset when she realizes she might have feelings for Josh and thinks he will never take her seriously. This movie is fluff, sure, but it’s fun, it’s funny and full of classic quotes, and is set in a high school. It’s a great film for getting ready to head back to high school, or if you’re old enough even college. I still love this movie and I’m a married adult with a job. I highly recommend this one for some brainless fun.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

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Holiday rating: 8 backpacks

Legally Blonde (2001): Back to School

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This is a fantastic movie and Elle Woods is the ultimate role model. This movie is about a spoiled sorority girl, Elle Woods. She is so excited for her boyfriend Warner to propose to her, so she is stunned when instead he dumps her because he thinks she’s too dumb. Warner is going to Harvard Law School, so Elle decides she’s going to go as well and win him back. Once in law school everyone is expecting her to fail so Elle decides to buckle down and prove them wrong. This is one of the best back to school movies ever. It takes place at Harvard law and is all about Elle’s journey to educate herself and become a successful lawyer, while also learning about being true to herself and proving that her appearance doesn’t negate her intelligence. I highly recommend everyone who’s headed back to school, especially college, watch this one to get motivated.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

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Holiday rating: 10 backpacks

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001): Back to School

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So let’s go back to the most magical school on earth! This is an unconventional back to school movie but I definitely think it qualifies. I don’t think I really need to summarize this beloved classic, but just in case. This film follows Harry Potter, an 11 year old boy who discovers that he is a wizard and he has been accepted into the wizarding school, Hogwarts. His year is full of discovering his powers, learning about a magical world he never knew about, and making new friends. The classes they take are definitely different than the ones we would take but I still think it’s a fun watch. There’s classes, students, all with a magical flair! I’d say this is probably the best one for back to school, as the other films progress they get less and less academically focused but I would never judge anyone who wanted to have a back-to-school Harry Potter marathon!

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 6 backpacks

Greek: Back to School

“Pilot” Season 1, Episode 1

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So this show isn’t totally the reason I joined a sorority, but it helped. To be fair, I wasn’t in a “real” sorority. I was in a service sorority, which the “real” sororities liked to remind us of. Whatever, I liked it. This show followed Greek life on the fictional Cyprus Rhoades campus. Casey Cartwright is a part of the top tier sorority on campus, meanwhile her brother is pledging the reject party frat. Rusty is a freshman and just wants Casey to not be embarrassed by him, meanwhile Casey is fighting her way to become president of the sorority. The pilot episode shows Rusty moving in and adjusting to college life and Casey getting ready for a new rush week. This series only shows one side of college life, but boy is it a drama filled and exciting side. This whole show will definitely get you ready for back to school, especially if you’re involved in Greek life or just like to party. Side note, I can’t believe this show premiered 10 years ago, I’m officially ancient.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? Yes

Holiday rating: 9 backpacks

Freaks and Geeks: Back to School

“Tests and Breasts” Season 1, Episode 5

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So, as I’ve already said, this whole show is set in a high school so the entire show can be considered something to watch to get pumped up for school. This episode however is especially focused on academics, particularly Daniel’s lack thereof. Lindsay offers to tutor him in algebra, but he doesn’t want to work so he steals the answers to the test. Meanwhile, Sam and his friends take a sex education class and are very ignorant about the reproductive system. There’s a raunchy joke going around school that Sam doesn’t understand. He keeps telling it to people to try to figure out what it means and if it’s funny. This episode is focused on an exam, which is why I think it’s a great individual back to school episode.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 backpacks

Freaks and Geeks: Back to School

“Pilot” Season 1, Episode 1

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This cult favorite that was cancelled far too early follows a group of high school students in the 1980’s. Lindsay is a smart, fairly normal student who begins to fall in with a group of “freaks” who like smoking pot and slack off in school. She likes the fact that they like her as it makes her feel cool. Meanwhile, her geeky little brother Sam has a good group of friends, but he hates how often they’re picked on by the jocks. In this episode Lindsay and Sam are forced by their parents to go to the school dance, which neither of them wants to do. The whole series takes place at a high school, but I think this episode is a great way to kick off a school year, especially considering there’s a school dance involved. Nothing says high school like a school dance.

Netflix available? Yes

Hulu available? No

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 9 backpacks

Community: Back to School

“Introduction to Teaching” Season 5, Episode 2

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This episode starts with Jeff struggling to make his transition from student to teacher at Greendale. He learns from professor Buzz Hickey that the pluses and minuses on grades are irrelevant, and based on if the professor likes you or not. When Jeff lets this slip to Annie, she becomes enrages and leads the student body in a riot. Meanwhile, Abed takes a two day course called “Nicholas Cage: Good or Bad?” which causes him to have a mental breakdown after watching all of Nic Cage’s movies and being unable to answer the question. This breakdown includes hilarious vacillating between different Nic Cage impressions, including the sexy cat seen above. This may not be as focused on back to school as some early episodes, but it is definitely hilarious and an enjoyable watch.

Netflix available? No

Hulu available? Yes

Xfinity available? No

Holiday rating: 5 backpacks

Photo credit: http://community-sitcom.wikia.com/wiki/Introduction_to_Teaching