10 Movies On Netflix That Will Get You In The Back-To-School Mood

Mean Girls she doesn't even go here

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It’s back-to-school time! That’s right. In some places, the youngsters are already heading back to class for the Fall semester, even though it won’t technically be Fall for over a month. Whether you’re a student or not, every TV commercial is now about back-to-school sales, so you might as well embrace it. And what better way to embrace it than by watching some school-themed movies?

Thankfully our old pal Netflix (For me it’s more than friendship — I’m thinking about proposing) has some excellent options for high-school-themed movies to stream. Whether you’re preparing to hit the books again or you haven’t opened a book in decades, you probably love at least one of these movies. And all ages are united by the fact that very little about these movies is realistic or relatable, but they’re entertaining anyway. Hurray!

1. Mean Girls

If you’re not yet aware that Mean Girls is on Netflix, that means you haven’t watched it once a day for the past month, which means your life has no meaning. So get on it. And try not to think about the fact that this year’s high school freshmen were 4 when this came out. DON’T THINK ABOUT IT.

2. High School Musical

We’re all in this together. And by “this” I mean having High School Musical songs stuck in our heads way too often. So why not just watch the movie and sing along? When you’re home alone, of course. Or not. You do you.

3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

As a total Cameron, this movie stresses me out to no end. But if you find truancy entertaining, by all means enjoy it. You hooligan, you.

4. The Breakfast Club

Now we’re talkin’. So much angst, so many shenanigans, so much library dancing. Don’t you forget about me it.

5. Clueless

If you prefer your movie high school students to be rich, spoiled, valley-girl-voiced and utterly charming, then we know what you’re choosing to watch. If nothing else, remembering that Paul Rudd is in this is enough to make me press play.

6. Not Another Teen Movie

Let’s face it. All the other high school movies on this list are so dumb. So obviously they must be parodied. Here you go.

7. The Craft

Sometimes you just gotta watch some teenage witchcraft, and you’re just not in the mood for Melissa Joan Hart. Sorry, Melissa.

8. Saved!

After you’ve watched those witches, how about a Christian high school to cleanse your soul? Although, I’ll warn you, these teens aren’t exactly innocent. They are hilarious, though.

9. Carrie

High school is like a horror movie a lot of the time anyway, so this is just oh so appropriate. Also, watch the original, not the Chloe Moretz version. There’s just something about horror movies from the ’70s, man. They creep me out. Maybe it’s the bell-bottoms.

10. Can’t Hardly Wait

And if you’re watching all of these as a marathon, why not end things with Jennifer Love Hewitt’s boobs? Always a good choice.

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    • Sara Steinfeld

      I’m definitely going to go to class on the first day dressed as Damian, sit in the back, and then when the professor takes attendance and calls my name I’m just going to scream “SHE DOESN’T EVEN GO HERE” and storm out of the room. Guaranteed A+.

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    • gleek

      Grease! It goes through the whole school year but skips Christmas lol