Best Back to School Movies

FORREST IRVINE

Even though the summer season is over, you don’t have to feel so consumed by the pressure of school that you can’t have some light entertainment while getting back into the swing of things. Here are the best movies to get you back into the school rhythm.

 

Catharsis

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Fantastically written and full of relatable youth vibes, “Perks” serves as a reminder of how teenage social freedoms can help make up for the anxiety of high school.

“The Edge of Seventeen”

In an uncommonly real lead performance, Hailee Steinfeld embodies all of our struggles but also our rewarding joys of navigating friendship and relationships at the same time.

 

Wish-Fulfillment

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

It’s one of the most pure fun movies in recent memory and a great ride led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s unending star power and a superior ensemble cast.

“Back to the Future”

Checking off all the adventure movie boxes and then some, “Back to the Future” is a breezy, immensely entertaining, and near-perfect movie at any age that just happens to star a high school kid.

 

Other Assorted Classics

“Mean Girls”

Endlessly quoted and still clearly relevant as seen through its enduring popularity, “Mean Girls” is a comedy classic for any generation.

“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”

Insane enough to be wish-fulfillment but even more laid-back and silly, “Bill and Ted” is an enduring romp of a time travel movie where the “dumb guy” genre gets even more chill with time.

“Little Miss Sunshine”

Showing all walks of life simultaneous effects on one another through the setting of a road trip gone wrong, “Little Miss Sunshine” will leave you in stitches but also deliver one of the most heart-wrenching, emotional “happy-sad” scenes ever put to film.

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