Friday, September 08, 2006

Hi Skool Flix

The latest EW has put together a list of the best high school movies. A top 50, no less. 50? That's a lot of damn high school movies. I think they should have went for Top 20, because the pickings get slim. Their #1 is The Breakfast Club. Could not agree more. One of my faves of all time. It most definetely captures high school. The confusion. Anxiety. Joy. And the weight of it. After that, the list gets shaky....especially putting 16 Candles at #49.

But there's plenty that should not be on there at all, in my opinion. Harry Potter/Goblet Of Fire? (#36, ahead of 16 Candles!). That's a HIGH SCHOOL movie? C'mon, I swore that was about magic (at a SCHOOL OF MAGIC). Do they have a football team? German Club? A Prom? A Morp?

And Back To The Future? (#28). In my opinion, I'd say that was about time traveling. I'll give them Friday Night Lights (#37), although any high school scenes in that movie were limited to montages of football players walking down a hallway. And I think the focus of that movie is football. On Friday night. With lights.

They did score with a bunch. Fast Times. Dazed & Confused. Heathers. Clueless. Say Anything. American Pie. Election. Rushmore. Brick. Here would be my list:

1. The Breakfast Club
2. Ferris Bueller
3. Say Anything
4. 16 Candles
5. Rushmore
6. Three O'Clock High
7. The Last American Virgin
8. Dazed & Confused
9. Election

Also, two recent movies, Chumscrubber & Thumbsucker are growing on me and might someday may a list of this sort.

They also have Donnie Darko on their list, which is okay and it makes sense, but let me just say something about that's way overrated. Don't get me wrong, it's got some great moments in it, but it just doesn't hold together for me. And think about it, where would it be without the haunting "Mad World" cover at the end of it.

Anyway, what are some of your faves?


Reel Fanatic said...

The EW list is pretty good, and it does contain some of my all-time faves .. If I had to pick just two, they would be Election and Flirting .. I just love those two!

L.R. Williams said...

I've got a problem with 16 Candles being so low on the EW list. I read this yesterday & needless to say what was ahead of it was ridiculous (Harry Potter, Back To the Future). I like your list a hell of a lot better. The only difference with me is that Heathers, Election and Dazed & Confused would be ranked higher.

Tavis said...

Dude, I can't believe anyone remembers Three O' Clock High. That was one damn cleverly directed film with some awesome camera work.

I would hope that American Graffiti is high on the list, and maybe Grease further down.

But John Hughes' high school films would surely be at the top along with Heathers and Better Off Dead.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Used to be a fan of the 3 O'Clock High director (also did State of Grace, Rattle & Hum) and then he started sucking and I haven't seen him makie anything in a while.

Also, these lists are tough. I would probably change the order over and over again, that's why no list is ever in stone.

Scott the Reader said...

Ironically, the writer I met in the coffee shop a couple of weeks ago (in my blog post about finally talking to a random person in a coffee shop) was the co-writer of Three O'Clock High.

And I thought I was the only person who had seen that movie...

Tavis said...

I almost forgot...though it may not be a high school movie, I think "Stand By Me" is one of the top coming-of-age films of the last twenty years (geez, has it been that long!?)-- and it has John Cusack in it (though briefly) so you know it's a good teen movie.

Also, what about "Lucas" (did it make the top 50 in EW?)-- a bit underated, but still a good high school flm.

Thomas Crymes said...

A young, innocent boy (Luke), teams up with a cigarette smoking scoundrel (Han Solo) in defiance of the school board (Empire). They join a band of class cutters (Rebel Alliance) and hatch a plot to blow up the Death Star (High School).

Star Wars is the best High School movie ever. It's right there in black and white. Don't let setting or plot fool you.

wcdixon said...

I'd say your list IS the list...EW took it too far and stretched it too thin.

wcdixon said...

though I might consider slipping 'Valley Girl' into the list --- I dug that movie way back when...

Aaron said...

PJ -- PRETTY PERSUASION isn't on your top 10?

SAVED! and ELEPHANT would be on my top ten along with (in no particular order):


Aaron said...

SIXTEEN would have to be on the list... okay, top 11.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Aaron - Loved Thumbsucker, I think it'll make the list someday, probably replace Heathers (smart movie for its time, although parts of it annoyed me).

Pretty Persuasion was a good movie, but not top 10. Crap, does it have to be on there? The best things about it were the performances, and of course, the amazing talents of the DIRECTOR.

Crymes - Star Wars? you're like Barbara Streisand - NUTS!

Stand By Me. hmm. Well, they are in high school, but I don't consider it a "high school" movie. Perfect coming of age though. Crap, perfect movie about life. When River Phoenix turns to wave and the end then disappears. Damn. gets me every time.

Thomas Crymes said...

Well, at the very least you should consider Glory to be added to your list, and if you don't understand how that is a High School movie, all is lost.

"For Chrissakes C'Mon!"