5 Films About College

Stephen Koenigsfeld

Throughout the decades, movies have been based on many things. From your horror zombie films to your sweet innocent chick flicks, the film industry does quite the job of representing each individual genre. One genre that appeals to a lot of movie fanatics is the college film. Most college films are comedies like “National Lampoon’s Animal House” or “Accepted.” Some, however, can be dramatic like “The Paper Chase” or “Wonder Boys.”Here are five of my favorite college-related movies:

1. Rudy

I like to think this drama is perfect for those students entering college believing that their goal of becoming professional football players or NASA engineers are unthinkable. This movie insists that nothing is impossible. With the determination and devotion Rudy has, he overcomes many obstacles throughout the movie. “Rudy” is the fact-based story of Rudy Ruettiger. Rudy has the dream of one day playing for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. However, money problems obtrude, and Rudy’s father can’t afford to send him to Notre Dame. In his junior year, Rudy transfers to Notre Dame and starts working as an assistant groundskeeper for the Notre Dame football team. Does Rudy have what it takes to become a true Fighting Irish player? Watch to find out. The cast is made up of Sean Astin, Ned Beatty, Jason Miller, Robert Prosky and Charles S. Dutton.

2. Accepted

This movie is easy to relate to if you were rejected by your first- or even second-choice college.  I hope none of you have been denied as many times as Bartleby Gaines, the main character in this film. Bartleby (Justin Long) and his slacker classmates invent a college called South Harmon Institute of Technology to fool their parents into thinking they made it into a prestigious university. The problem that arises in this college comedy is that the band of young rejects attract other college rejects to their pseudo-university. How will Gaines and his snubbed scholars conceal the fact that their college doesn’t actually exist?

3. Wonder Boys

In this feel-good drama, Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) must overcome his struggles with writer’s block, as well as the other trials he faces. Tripp must deal with one of his younger students (Tobey Maguire), as the surpasses him in the writing world. While dealing with all of this, Tripp must handle an affair and parry the advances of another younger student (Katie Holmes.)

4. House Bunny

This comedy is about a sorority house on the brink of losing its chapter status. When it seems all hope is lost for the Zeta Alpha Zeta sisters (Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis), along comes former Playboy model Shelley Darlington (Anna Faris.) In order to attract new pledges for the sorority, Shelley gives all the sisters beauty makeovers. In return, the sisters donate their expertise in compassion and confidence so Shelley can win over her dream guy.

5. Old School

With an all-star cast of Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn and Luke Willson, “Old School” is the movie for all the graduates that never grew out of the hard-partying lifestyle of college. In this somewhat crude comedy, Ferrell and the gang relive the glory days of being in college. The band of middle-aged men creates their very own fraternity and draw in others with their wild ways. This is a movie that you can watch over and over again, and it never gets any less funny.