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Old 05-10-06, 07:59 PM
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Help me with specific "college" movie recommendations

A friend of a friend is showing a movie about "college" to her exiting high-school students. We don't want a comedy (nix Animal House, PCU, Back to School, Old School), a horror movie or anything shocking or inappropriate or, worst of all, a sports movie.

So, ideas?

I thought of Wonder Boys but that's about the professor (so is Mona Lisa Smile which was her suggestion).

So then I said, just show some episodes of Undeclared. But outside of laughs, screams, or touchdowns, is there a "Regular" college film?
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The Paper Chase was the first movie I thought of but it's specific to law school.
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These movies are good, but push the button a little bit. I'd recommend a comedy like Real Genius. I don't see why you wouldn't want to show one since most of college is a joke.
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Originally Posted by The Bus
A friend of a friend is showing a movie about "college" to her exiting high-school students...... But outside of laughs, screams, or touchdowns, is there a "Regular" college film?
If you eliminate all the aspects of college that you've mentioned, what are you left with? A movie about Bio 101 lectures, or a rousing movie about reading Plato? "Regular" college life is not inherently dramatic, and so unlikely to be the basis for a movie.
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Revenge of the Nerds 2. No laughs there.
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I heartily second Real Genius.

Others off the top of my head:

How I Got Into College is pretty fun, from what I remember. Perfect for high school seniors.

The Absent-Minded Professor (as well as the Nutty Professor movies) is set in college.

Reality Bites is about students transitioning from college to the real world.

I enjoyed Oxford Blues as a kid, but it might suck if I watched it now.
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"With Honors" is a favorite, though it's hardly the 'typical' college experience.

Most tend to be about someone unique...A Beautiful Mind (and the like)

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How I Got Into College would be the best choice. Granted, it may be a comedy, but it nails perfectly the anxiety high school students face when heading off to college. Sure it's a kooky flick and it's nowhere near good as Holland's Better Off Dead, but at least it ain't like One Crazy Summer.
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I would go with "How I Got into College"
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PCU will show you all the nutjobs that you run into at college. Just a little over the top.
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