As part of my Study Positive April, I’ve decided to recommend some of my favourite campus films.
This is a mix of highschool and College/University films, that have to include studying on screen in one form or another.
- Legally Blonde (2001, dir. Robert Luketic): Elle Woods is the studying inspiration we all need. She got into Law school to pursue a boy and somehow ends up the best student in the year. ICON.
- The History Boys (2006, dir. Nicholas Hytner): This film is about a group of sixth formers who work their ass off to get into Oxbridge. It’s bittersweet and the ending made me cry, but it’s real good. If you like films about pretentious white boys, this is for you! Speaking of…
- Dead Poets Society (1989, dir. Peter Weir): Pretentious white boys! And these ones go to an all boys boarding school. This one holds a place in my heart because I identify with Todd’s anxiety surrounding his creative work and just being bold in general. It’s got a focus on English in particular, which I love, as an English major!
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012, dir. Stephen Chbosky): Another English-focused film, fight me! Charlie is so adorable, he reads, and I also wrote a piece based off this in year 11 where I wrote a letter from Patrick’s perspective.
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999, dir. Gil Junger): This is the only version of Taming of the Shrew that matters, including the original play by Shakespeare. We see the students studying, with Bianca and Cameron actually studying French together, and Kat’s focus on being alone and being successful in school her top priority. It’s also just cute, to be quite honest with you, and the final speech Kat makes always makes me cry.
- Easy A (2010, dir. Will Gluck): Imagine being so dedicated to the Aesthetic that you sew a scarlet letter into all your clothes. Olive is truly an icon. Also, a good one if you are studying The Scarlet Letter!
- The Edge of Seventeen (2016, dir. Kelly Fremon Craig): Nadine doesn’t really give a shit most of the film about studying, but Erwin spends this whole film making an adorable short film for a competition, and that’s enough for me.
- Monster’s University (2013, dir. Dan Scanlon): The studying in this is unconventional, but it’s still a really good film for giving encouragement to pursue your dreams. Study hard, kids, and you can be like Mike Wazowski one day!
- Pitch Perfect (2012, dir. Jason Moore): This could honestly be where my campus film obsession started. I love how prominent film and music both are in this film, and I think the later films lose sight of the importance of the setting of this film. The emphasis on studying as a whole, succeeding in education, is a lot more important in this.
- The Outsiders (1983, dir. Francis Ford Coppola): That boy did the MOST for his piece of writing, and I think it’s so great how this is laid out. Although he’s not technically in school for basically the whole film, there’s a lot on education and also Ponyboy staging the whole film as an essay on his life, and I really love it.
HONORARY MENTION: Sydney White (2007, dir. Joe Nussbaum), which has a heavy focus on a girl getting into college and then studies her ASS OFF in the library. It’s a really great film! Highly recommend!
The reason I enjoy so many of these films is that there’s a focus on not just studying, but freedom, too. It’s a wake up call: sometimes there are more important things than studying, and you should always put your own health before anyone else. Inspiration can strike you anyway, so seize the day!
Thank you for reading!