The Movie Collection: 8 Movies for Graduation

Graduation Movies

The time has come for high school and college graduations all around the country. My sister recently graduated from university, so this post is in honor of all that she has accomplished. Whether you are graduating, or your sibling, friend, or family member is earning that hard-earned degree, congratulations! Celebrate with dinner and a movie – these are eight of my favorite graduation films.

Back to School – A rich businessman enrolls in college to help his discouraged son get through school. This movie is both ridiculous and funny.

Legally Blonde – Who can forget the words Elle Woods squeals at the end of her graduation speech: “Congratulations class of 2004, we did it!” 

The GraduateAppropriately named, a disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter. You can’t go wrong with a Mike Nichols movie.

Say AnythingHow can you not love this movie? An underachiever and the class valedictorian fall in love the summer before she goes to college.

She’s All ThatSerious drama occurs when a high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unpopular girl into the school’s prom queen. The graduation scene at the end is pretty sweet – he has a lot to make up for!

GreaseA classic love story about two high schoolers (who clearly look like they’ve already graduated from college), this is such a fun movie to watch. The carnival at the end of the movie is a way to celebrate all they’ve been through.

Dead Poets Society – If there’s a great message to send in a movie, it’s in this one: Carpe Diem, Seize the Day. Recent graduates: this is your life, make the most of it!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Though you don’t see Ferris Bueller actually graduate, him skipping a day of high schools demonstrates serious senioritis. The struggle is real.

 What’s your favorite graduation movie?

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Back to School

back to schoolIt’s that time of year to fill those backpacks with new pens, empty binders, and fresh notebooks. It’s definitely a great time of year. However, if you aren’t heading back to the classrooms this month but want your fill of academia, check out these school-oriented flicks:

1. Back to School (1986)
2. The Breakfast Club (1985)
3. Mean Girls (2004)
4. Grease (1978)
5. Election (1999)
6. Never Been Kissed (1999)

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In the Spotlight: Olivia Newton-John

I first fell in love with Olivia Newton-John when I watched her playing Sandy in the classic and beloved musical Grease. Olivia is a stunning beauty and has a very sweet quality in both her acting and singing. Born on September 26 (today!), 1948, Olivia started singing and acting when she was just a teenager growing up in Australia. After releasing several popular albums and starring in a few movies, Olivia became an international sensation after Grease. Olivia has been married twice, and is currently married to her second husband, John Easterling. Last spring, Olivia released a healthy living cookbook.

I will never, ever get tired of blasting Grease songs in the car, listening to Olivia’s music, or watching her in movies. Check out some fun facts about the star above!

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Let’s Go to the Carnival!

Being within an hour’s commute to the Santa Monica Pier makes it a constant struggle not to hop on the nearest Metrolink so I can ride the ferris wheel all day long and stuff my face with popcorn. To me, carnivals have always had a whimsical allure, whether it is because they are a magical place for a first date, a fun bonding experience with your sister, or just to stand in the center of it all soaking up the colorful lights and sounds like a sponge. Carnivals are an enormous playground for children and adults alike. They are also a goldmine for junk food and sweets, and sometimes you just have to indulge in ice cream, cotton candy, and a hot dog, in that order and all at one time!

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