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Grading School Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the start of the school year, Cinema Blend grades twenty movies about school.  Note that the grades were not awarded on artistic merit but on different critera:

sexiness of the hot girls and guys, awesomeness of the cool kids, relatability of the main characters, overall quoteability and overall rewatchability. The five scores in the aforementioned categories were then averaged together to produce an average Hughes. Why an average Hughes? Because no one has ever or will ever do a school movie quite as well as John Hughes.

Note that the criteria did not include actual school elements like time in the classroom or quality of teachers.  Indeed, number 1 is a movie about ditching school (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and number 7 takes place after graduation (Can’t Hardly Wait).  But props for including Hogwarts and summer school.  But how could they overlook Lucas, If… , The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and My Bodyguard?

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