As much as I hated high school (and I REALLY hated it), I love movies set in those years.
Like I’ve said before, it just offers so much material. I especially love any movies about the outcasts in high school.
Every time “Mean Girls” is on, I have to watch. It just has so many great lines.
If there’s anything I love more than movies set in high school, it’s movies taken from a classic novel. You’d think they wouldn’t work, but the nod to the original is always great.
“Clueless,” for example, was a remake of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” and — while some of the plot points didn’t translate — it’s pretty obvious that the lessons of that age don’t really change over time.
Another favorite is “10 Things I Hate About You,” a modern version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Heath Ledger is, of course, awesome, and the movie is very cheesy at times, but you can’t go wrong with the immortal themes of Shakespeare.
Just this week, I caught “Easy A,” which definitely caught my eye with its commercials. The movie based on “The Scarlet Letter” definitely lived up to my expectations of classic remakes set in high school. Although it is racy, that’s to be expected in any teen fare. It’s also smart and funny, especially because Emma Stone makes a great lead. Plus, it also makes some great commentary on modern politics.
So do you any of you have favorites? Or is it weird that I’m this old and still like teen movies?
Pop Culture Hijabi is a weekly column by Nadia Malik. Malik is a former newspaper reporter based in Chicago who’s now making her way as a freelancer. She spends entirely too much time watching TV and reading pop culture, fashion and TV blogs. She also occasionally consumes serious books and news. No, really. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org with “pop culture hijabi” in the subject line, follow her at www.twitter.com/nadiamalik or simply leave a comment below.