Film List

One of the most difficult parts of this process is keeping the list of films that I intend to discuss under control. One of the easiest ways to do that is to have a very clear idea of exactly what a "High School Movie" is. For my intents and purposes, while "Teen Movies" and "High School Movies" may have some overlapping territory on the Venn diagram tip, teen movies occupy a much larger (and largely uninteresting) territory than I am willing to be responsible for. That being said high school movies are not just about kids who happen to be in high school. They should deal largely with complicated dynamic involved in being an inmate of the American high school. In that sense, the action in a high school movie doesn't necessarily have to take place in high school. For instance, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is, like, totally about high school, even though the main character never sets foot inside the place. On the other end of the spectrum, Rushmore is named after a high school, but doesn't represent any real world high school experience that I'm familiar with.

There are five movies that I originally intended to focus on in my thesis. They are:

The Breakfast Club
The Chocolate War
Dead Poets Society
Pump Up the Volume

I have added a few others while putting together my chapter list (see next post):

The Chumscrubber
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
High School (1968 documentary by Frederick Wiseman)
The United States of Leland

Here's the full list. Movies I haven't seen are in bold. If you have seen them and think that they are either not worth seeing, or won't fit the vague criteria I established above, please let me know so that I can save time and patience.

10 Things I Hate About You
All I Wanna Do
American Pie
Angel Rodriguez
Billy the Kid
Blackboard Jungle
Breakfast Club, The
Bring It On
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Can't Buy Me Love
Charlie Bartlett
Chocolate War, The
Chumscrubber, The
Class of 1984
Coach Carter
Cooley High
Craft, The
Crime & Punishment in Suburbia
Dazed and Confused
Dead Poets Society
Disturbing Behavior
Donnie Darko
Edge of America
Encino Man
Faculty, The
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Ferris Bueler’s Day Off
Friday Night Lights
Freedom Writers
Ginger Snaps
High School Confidential
High School High
High School Musical
High School USA
How to Deal
Kids in America
Light It Up
Mean Girls
Napoleon Dynamite
Nearing Grace
New Guy, The
Newport South
Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, A
Not Another Teen Movie
Outsiders, The
Pretty in Pink
Pretty Persuasion
Pump Up the Volume
Rebel Without a Cause
Red Dawn
River’s Edge
Rock N’ Roll High School
Rumble Fish
Say Anything
She's All That
Sixteen Candles
Some Kind of Wonderful
Squid and the Whale, The
Stand and Deliver
Summer School
Teaching Mrs. Tingle
To Sir With Love
United States of Leland, The
Valley Girl
Varsity Blues
Virgin Suicides, The
Vision Quest
Voices From the High School
Weird Science
Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Whassup Rockers

1 comment:

Jenn said...

Taking a break from my far-less-interesting-than your-thesis library science homework. I can't believe there are movies i've seen that you haven't.

Teachers is more about the teachers than the students, as i recall (i did see it when it came out, however, so my memory is less than fresh), so maybe not really in your territory.

Carrie-- it is about high school, but more than a little has already been written about it. I can't say i watched the whole thing, i found it more depressing than scary.