Bleccch.....I have been out of high school for 36 years and when I hear all the stupid back to school commercials, I still feel a sense of foreboding. I hated school, I hated studying and I hated tests plus, as so many of you know, the kids were not the nicest but that’s the past. Tests and studying can still come to haunt me in my job but, I hope, I no longer have to take any more tests. Ok, so moving to films about being a new kid in school, I had a hard time finding films that I have not picked yet but I think I have chosen a good 3. Check out Wandering Through The Shelves to see what the others have chosen and she now covers books she has read each month which you can also check out. Here are my 3...
This is a story about a pretty, sweet lass with a good reputation who meets a young lad during summer vacation. They fall in love but separate due to school starting. School has started, the lad is actually a rogue with a leather jacket and the new girl at school is the young lass who believes in her good reputation. They sing, they dance and there is romance with the rogue saying how good she was while she sings how sweet he was. He finally decides to be with her and loses his jacket but, wait a second, the sweet lass decides to change too, into a great looking slut in painted on pants. The world is aok now because he throws off his sweater because she changes for him. They sing and dance because she gave up herself, ruining her reputation all to make him happy as they fly away in a convertible. It’s a fun flick with some good songs but I can’t stand the ending because it sets back women and their strength of mind 50 years.
2. NEVER BEEN KISSED-1999
A nerdy geek, played by Drew Barrymore, works for a newspaper, and is given the assignment to go undercover in a high school to report on the kids of high school and how things work from the kids' point of view. She is scared of the assignment since she was bullied when she was in that environment years back but her brother gives her a makeover in how to be cool and joins her in the school where he becomes the most popular just like he was when he was in high school. One thing she did not count on was falling for the teacher who relates to her love of books, history, and all the things interesting:). What will happen? Will it all come crashing down? Will She get that kiss? (Duh). This is a cute rom-com that I like. It is nothing mind blowing but a fun little movie that makes you forget the bad day you just had.
3. HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE-2001
The books are amazing! Of course, I saw the films first and I love both! This is where it all starts....once upon a time, a child with a scar on his forehead is left with muggles (you and me as we have no powers) who can’t stand the kid and abuse him through neglect, hard words, lousy food and living under the stairs. Yeah, thanks Dumbledore for saving me...jerk. Ok, moving on, the kid, Harry Potter finds out he can talk to snakes and has powers so, finally, after numerous attempts, he receives a letter to go to a school for wizards. He is met by a big, burly sweetheart of a man, Hagrid, who takes him to buy his school supplies and brings him to the train station to venture to Hogwarts. He meets his future best friends, Wesley and Hermione, and they find out there are hidden dangers and they must stay on their toes. On top of that, Harry and Wesley join to play in a Quidditch game everyone loves since one can fly on a broom. This game looks like a lot more fun to watch than Soccer or any other sport actually. Great special effects, excellent acting especially by the kids and the great Alan Rickman as the creepy Snape. I love these series that are not just for kids but great for adults as well.
Which films would you choose?
Like you I hated school, studying and tests, and I'm glad it's all in the past. You can lead me to a textbook... but you cannot force me to read and learn!
Gosh, I have not seen any of these movies! Besides me, I think there is only one other person on earth (a Buddhist monk in Tibet) who has not seen Grease. During my second stint as a bachelor in the late 70s I danced every night in discos. I was known as "John Revolta." :) I dislike films and TV series set in the 50s or 60s that poke fun at the rock 'n' roll genre rather than celebrate it by presenting it authentically. Examples of rock 'n' roll performed authentically and with respect to the genre can be found in The Buddy Holly Story, American Graffiti and Peggy Sue Got Married, and that's why I like those films.
I liked Drew B in ET but didn't care much for her when she grew up. I only ever watched one Harry Potter film (not this one) and it was only because grandkiddos were visiting and Mrs. Shady held me at gunpoint and forced me to watch it with them. While I continue to stubbornly resist the Potter series, that Buddhist monk in Tibet has seen every sequel!
Have a wonderful Thursday, dear friend BB!
Birgit, when you get time, please return to our thread at Shady's Place. I just found your second comment on my Winning Hand post and dug up some info that I know you will find interesting. Here's the link to that post:Delete
Nah, I think that monk in Tibet has seen Grease. If you don’t care for Drew then you won’t care for this flick which is a chick flick but one I don’t mind. I love Harry Potter so...you’re missing out:). I will check it out!Delete
Finished college over thirty years ago and so happy I'll have to think about it again!ReplyDelete
Harry Potter is a good choice. Not crazy about the movie, but Footloose comes to mind. I think Christian Slater was a new kid in Heathers as well.
I have not seen Footloose yet but I do love the song and dancing to it. I have yet to see HeathersDelete
Wow I have seen all three....first time ever Birgit....loved grease...liked all the Harry Potter films but have never read the books...how bad is that!....why is it we all hated school?....xxxxReplyDelete
Yeah!!!! You saw all 3:) I’m so glad about that. I think the only people who loved high school were the ones who never grew up and want to return...the bulliesDelete
I like all three of your picks! Never Been Kissed is one of the better rom coms, IMO.ReplyDelete
I hated school too.
I have to find out what IMO means..hahahaa. Yes NBK is one that is better than averageDelete
I’ve only seen bits of Grease, though at my school’s formal(what is known in the US as the senior prom) somehow THAT song about summer lovin’ is played nearly every year and the kids sing along, with the girls singing the girls’ bits and the boys doing the boys’ bits. After all these years, 21st century teenagers are singing it!ReplyDelete
I love Harry Potter, both books and films. By the way, Harry’s friend is Ron Weasley - not Wesley! 😏
Oh craps...I know that...Ron! Our big song at all the dances was Stairway to Heaven and I always laughed because, near the end when the song got faster, the couples didn’t know what to doDelete
Great choices! Love Grease though I agree that the ending message of changing to please the man isn't a good one. But the music, infectious fun and Stockard Channing make it worth the time.ReplyDelete
Never Been Kissed is goofy but endearing and the Harry Potters are mostly terrific films, they got better as they went along.
I went a more serious route this week though my first is a black comedy.
Lord Love a Duck (1966)-Pretty, pert and madly ambitious Barbara Ann Greene (Tuesday Weld) is the new girl at Consolidated High (overseen by Principal Harvey Korman) who befriends outsider prodigy Alan "Mollymauk" Musgrave (Roddy McDowell) who is dazzled by her and sets out to make all her dreams come true. That begins innocuously with her admission to an exclusive girls club within the school but rapidly escalates to far more formidable plans calling for drastic measures which her eager acolyte gleefully pursues. The blackest of black comedies with a cast including Ruth Gordon and an excellent Lola Albright as Barbara Ann’s cocktail waitress mother this study in absurdity’s skewed viewpoint isn’t for everyone.
My Bodyguard (1980)-New kid in school Clifford Peache (Chris Makepeace) a shy, quiet teen becomes the target of bully Melvin Moody (Matt Dillon). Nearing the end of his rope Clifford approaches fellow student, gentle giant Ricky Linderman (Adam Baldwin) to be his bodyguard. Though initially reluctant Ricky agrees and while offering protection the two disparate boys form a friendship until circumstances put a strain on their bond. Compassionate film with a great message and wonderful naturalistic performances.
Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)-When three new students, including Jean Bonnett (Raphael Fejto), arrive at his French boarding school during WWII Julien (Gaspard Manesse) doesn’t take much notice of them thinking they are no different from the other boys. What Julien doesn't know is that they are Jews passing as Gentiles trying to evade capture by the Nazis. While headmaster Père Jean (Philippe Morier-Genoud), works to protect the boys from the Holocaust the at first antagonistic Julien and Jean develop a tight bond. Louis Malle’s deeply moving film captures the idiosyncrasies of boyhood, structured education and the fear of a creeping menace.
Glad you like my picks but always wondered why more didn’t see the problem with the ending. The Barrymore flick is fun and Harry Potter series are great but, I agree, they got better as they went along. I really want to see Lord Love a Duck...it sounds brilliant. I already chose My Bodyguard but I’m glad you chose it because it’s a great one. Your last pick is popular today and one I have wanted to see forever.Delete
Can't say that I hated school, but I was kind of ambivalent about it. I can think of worse things in life than going to school.ReplyDelete
I've only seen Grease in the 3 films you chose. It's a good choice. I know there are so many films dealing with this topic, but as usual I'm not thinking of any. In fact I just watched a film the dealt with back to school and I'll be darned but I can't think of what that film was. Why do I even bother spending time watching movies I don't remember?
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You are not the only one where the memory fails hence my memory faux pas with Ron Weasley not Wesley.Delete
Hi Birgit - I've seen Grease and Harry Potter ... Grease I loved ... HP - not so keen on ... but understand 'the lurve' ... I'd love to go back to school now - so many more openings and choices available ... but I can look back with nostalgia and realise blogging is giving me another education - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
Oh bummer that you don’t care for Harry Potter. One thing...younhave seen 2 of the films I chose which is great!Delete
I came to the Harry Potter series relatively recently (about a year ago?) and have only encountered the films so far. Hogwarts offers so many potentially lethal experiences to their young students, it's astounding. Plus, their system of vetting prospective teachers must be worse than Donald Trump's. And after seeing the later episodes of the series, I wonder why anyone would consider these to be "children's books." And all these observations are coming from someone who actually enjoyed the series! I haven't read the books, as mentioned above, so I can't really comment on J.K. Rowling's writing, but I can say that she's an incredible plotter!ReplyDelete
The Harry Potter books are like a big fairy tale which appeals to kids but there is so much more which is why the adults love them. It just shows that kids don’t need to be told everything is gooey and pretty and that they can take it and love it. I would say this is better than the video games they often play.Delete
Seen all three at our sea. Enjoyed the Harry Potter series, except for the stretching of the last movie into two.ReplyDelete
Yes, the powers that be know how to take us for more moneyDelete
I HAVE to read the Harry Potter books.ReplyDelete
They are excellentDelete
I've seen all 3. (I even saw Grease 2. Don't judge me.) I don't know what I would pick. There are some good school movies, but were there new kids in school...? I don't remember.ReplyDelete
There are some but it was hard for me to recall themDelete
I like the Drew movie too. Harry Potter is a great choice for new kid in school. Ron is my favorite of the three. Red hair will get me all the time. :-)ReplyDelete
Poor Wes...I mean, Ron. I screwed up there and should know better but glad you saw all 3Delete
I've never seen any of these, so I was laughing at your take on High School. I remember seeing a movie that was on TV and I don't even remember that much about it, but this gal was starting college and she didn't know anyone, but she eventually made friends with a bunch of hairdressers (or maybe she knew them from before), won over her prof who was originally a thorn in her side, and dumped her boyfriend she met at school. She had a small dog and was going to be a lawyer. I think it was called Legally Blond or something similar. I don't normally go for comedies and I apparently don't remember much about it, but at the time, I thought it was cute.ReplyDelete
You are right! Legally Blonde is one and it would have been perfect for this week and I never thought of it. I am losing my mind but you have the entire plot of the film so it must have made an impression.Delete
Grease is a favorite around my house. And I saw it in theaters way back when during its original run. Not sure how many times since. My shame is that it took until my kids were on their way to being teenagers before I really understood about the ending. It's definitely not what one would call progressive.ReplyDelete
Haven't seen Never Been Kissed.
I did see the Harry Potter flick since I'm working my way through the series for the first time this year. Hate to say this, but I'm halfway through and seriously underwhelmed.
I saw Grease but have completely forgotten in. The Harry Potter movies are great though. I own most of them. I only ever read the first book, really should read the rest. I hated school too, not for the same reasons, but when people say these are the happiest days of your lives to an unhappy kid seems very cruel to me.ReplyDelete
Now, I feel like we've hit my wheelhouse...ReplyDelete
Dead Poets Society
The Bridge to Terabithia
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Remember the Titans
The Silent Child - this year's Oscar-winning live action short
I'm sure I'm forgetting 20 more but that seems a respectable list to start. And there are plenty more where it's the new teacher at school.
I'm probably the only person in the world that never got into Grease. Though I did enjoy the music.ReplyDelete
Have a great day. Hope you are feeling energized and pain free.
I saw Grease, of course, but Harry Potter never grabbed me.ReplyDelete
I was not very good in school but I do recall getting excited for the return of school. Maybe it was the new crayons but I suspected it had something to do with seeing friends again. I was labeled a slow reader as a kid. I struggled with it and it was a severe blow to my self-confidence. What I know now is the problem probably stemmed from my hearing loss as a kid due to chronic ear infections as a baby. No one ever questioned this nor do I ever recall anyone checking on this as an issue. Let something like this go unchecked today and the parents would be thrown in jail for child neglect. *sigh* I harbor no ill will toward my parents or the doctors from those early years. These things just happen. I'm glad I don't have to go to school anymore, though. :)
"Grease" is a fun movie. We watched that years ago! John Travolta does a good job singing which was a surprise to learn. It seems I started watching "Never Been Kissed" but I'm not sure why I didn't finish it. I guess I need to see if it's still available to stream so I can finish it. I haven't seen any of the Harry Potter movies. There were available on Xfinity or another channel and I meant to check out the first one but it slipped my mind. I guess I need to try to catch it soon, too.
Thanks for the reminder with your choices. Good job picking flicks for the theme. Have a pAwesome week, my friend!
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