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Films to Watch before Graduating High School

As the school year comes back around, it is time to catch up on old high school films. This is especially essential for seniors of the 2017 graduating class as this will be their final high school days. There are many films but, here are seven movies to watch before graduating high school!

Grease” (1978)

High school seniors in the 1950s are experiencing their last academic year of high school. This musical is the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student from Australia Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and leather bad boy Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance. When she goes to his school, will their love blossom or will their cliques be an obstacle?

The Princess Diaries” (2001)

The movies are based on Meg Cabot’s book series. Anne Hathaway stars as Mia Thermopolis whose life journeys from finding out she is an heir to the European throne to becoming queen of Genovia. This is royal, princess movie is relatable as Mia continuously discovers more about her values and matures throughout time under the guidance of her grandmother, Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews).

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (2005)

Bridget (Blake Lively), Carmen (America Ferrera), Lena (Alexis Bledel) and Tibby (Amber Tamblyn) are best friends living in Maryland. After many summers together, the four are going their separate ways for the first time! While Bridget heads to Mexico, and Lena visits family in Greece, Carmen and Tibby stay closer to home. No matter where they are, they are connected by a pair of jeans that they take turns sharing. What’s the secret behind the pants? Is it related to their friendship?

Accepted” (2006)

After receiving a college rejection letter, senior Bartleby Gaines devises a novel way to fool everyone into thinking he is college-bound: he opens his own university. Bartleby and his stymied friends take over an abandoned building, create a fake Web site, and hire a friend’s uncle to pose as the dean. However, what happens when other rejects try to gain admittance to the nonexistent South Harmon Institute of Technology? The film stars Justin Long, Blake Lively, and Jonah Hill.

She’s the Man” (2006)

Amanda Bynes stars as Viola, a soccer star whose high school team gets cut. When her twin brother convinces her to distract mom as he goes for a music career instead of the new boarding school, Viola has a plan. What happens when she pretends to be her brother at his boarding school and play soccer? The film also stars Channing Tatum and James Kirk.
“She’s the Man” was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play, “Twelfth Night.” Viola’s school, Illyria, is named after the country where “Twelfth Night” takes place. Additionally, many characters share the same names as their play counterparts. For example, Channing Tatum’s Duke Orsino is named after Shakespeare’s Orsino, who is actually a Duke.

Toy Story 3” (2010)

This may seem like a children’s movie but, all graduating seniors should certainly watch it! In “Toy Story 3”, the toys try to fathom life without Andy once he leaves for college at a preschool. This is incredibly relatable to all stages of high school, especially seniors because this will make you think of all the things left behind.

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