5 Things :: school-themed comedies for your viewing (dis)pleasure

So I’ve been sorely disappointed with the current Hollywood offerings (although it’s thoroughly my bad for not having watched How to Train Your Dragon 2), so today, I give you 5 classic school-themed comedies that are perfect for vacay (read: mindless brain candy) but are also a foreshadowing of things to come (two more weeks for my kids and three more for me and then it’s back to ye ol’ grind).

Note: as humor is so very subjective, please take this list with a grain of salt – or perhaps a bushel if you’re not into lowbrow funniness.

  1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Yeah, I know it’s so old, it’s already in the $5 bin at Target, but c’mon! This is school hijinks at its finest! Everyone wanted to either “Save Ferris” or be Ferris. And that car…”Do you have a kiss for daddy?” indeed!
  2. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder – A lot raunchy, a lot racy and you probably don’t want your underage kiddos in the room with you. But what did you expect from from National Lampoon? Also, I think I’m just a sucker for “oh, gosh!” bad boys turned good.
  3. Animal House – Does this even need an intro from me? This is as classic as classic can get. I learned about toga parties and fraternities from watching this film with my aunts in the Philippines when I was seven! That’s what happens when we don’t follow the ratings system in a developing country.
  4. Old School – Okay, I may be biased here because this happens to be hubs’ fave movie and when he quotes it verbatim, it never fails to crack me up. But I am gonna call it – this is destined to become a classic. “Earmuffs!” will forever be a signal for bad words at my house.
  5. Back to School – Rodney Dangerfield and his humor were a bit before my time, and it wasn’t until I married the hubs and he introduced me to this, his second favorite movie, that I was able to appreciate the man’s comedic talent. Loads of one-liners in this flick. And the Triple Lindy? Genius!



Week in review – It’s got that 70s vibe, right?

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13 thoughts on “5 Things :: school-themed comedies for your viewing (dis)pleasure

  1. Dawn Lucy says:

    Good picks! I also love “Teachers” with Nick Nolte. Worth watching just for the ditto master! Back to school for me in 2 weeks too!
    Dawn Lucy

    • mtsedwards says:

      I’ve not seen that one but I’ve never been a Nolte fan. And I find that movies about teachers don’t sit well with me now that I am one. Weird, right?

  2. Val S says:

    Whew, I actually know some of these – and I’ve seen them! I loved Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I’d love to see it again as a double-feature with Election. I saw Animal House so long ago I can’t remember it, but it was actually filmed here in Eugene – at least part of it was. And I’ve always loved Rodney Dangerfield. I love the line near the beginning when there’s a party at his and his wife’s house, and he comments about one of the paintings, Have you seen my wife’s Klimt?

  3. Need “Revenge of the Nerds” in there and the pure camp “Summer School”

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, yes! “Revenge of the Nerds” could totally replace “Ferris” since it’s a college romp. How could I have forgotten? Thanks, Patrick!

  4. Patti says:

    Animal House forever. My husband can prob quote it verbatim. I liked School of Rock with Jack Black.

  5. Hmm, with the exception of Ferris Bueller, these are all college movies. How about an elementary school comedy? One of my favorites is A Christmas Story (not completely school centric but plenty of classic school scenes). Our bad word signal comes from it – “Little pitchers!” (I’m aware that the phrase didn’t originate with the movie, but I always say it exactly like Melinda Dillon). πŸ˜€

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