Double Feature Friday- High School

I don't think anything can capture the mundaneness and idiocracy of this awkward place more than movies. It's the only genre of film where stereotypes are embraced and welcomed without seeming stupid, because everyone wants to feel nostalgic with statements like "There was totally a guy like that at my high school!" and "I once dated a chick like that." The producers know. They were there, too. I was thinking about dance movies from the last Double Feature Friday, and because Save the Last Dance was totally my high school, I figured this would be a good follow-up. So, before the bell cuts me off....

1. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

The ultimate high school movie. I still laugh when I see Sean Penn as a serious actor in other movies because I'm just like, "You ordered a pizza... in class! Fuck yeah!" This movie captures teen angst, apathy, and rebellion in a realistic and comedic way. I went to a high school where if you wanted a job, you went to the mall, and there was nothing more fun than complaining that you had to work there. So all the tension that is built up inside you from working at a job you hate and being forced to go to a place where you're ridiculed is built up until one day you just flip and beat someone to a pulp with a baseball bat. In that sense, this movie is totally accurate. Plus, they throw in offbeat, awkward humor that you don't normally see in this type of movie. Genius, man. Genius.

2. Mean Girls (2004)

Thank you, Tina Fey, for writing and debuting the character of the Poker Bitch. This movie was so good because you never saw the mean girls be outwardly mean. There was no girl knocking another girl's books out of her arms or some stupid cliche that other movies use. Honestly, if everyone knows she's a bitch, how does she have any friends? The great thing about this movie was the backstabbing, which is really the prevalent problem in adolescent girls. Regina George is a nice person on the outset, so it's totally believable that everyone would want to be her friend. Plus, I don't care what people say, this movie is fucking hilarious. Forget Juno, the dialogue in this movie is waaaay more fetch. It also doesn't help that it took place 40 minutes away from where I live, so I feel a connection. Anyway, I wanted to spotlight it for today's Double Feature. 


The Movie Mistress

****Other High School Movies Deemed to be of Merit by the Movie Mistress:

Juno (2007)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Freaky Friday (the 1976 original)
Charlie Bartlett (2007)
Clueless (1994)
My Best Friend is A Vampire (1987)
Weird Science (1985)


Update: I thought of more!!! How could I forget these? Shame on me. 


  1. My personal favourite Dazed and Confused. Also worth a mention, The Breakfast Club.

  2. See, I thought about putting the Breakfast Club but it isn't exactly a high school movie. I mean, it is, but it's it's own genre of awesome.