Taking inspiration from the drones of students about to embark upon a (probably drink-fuelled) new year at uni, we’ve rated our top six university films…
1. 10 Things I hate About You…
In our minds, probably one of the best movies ever made. Starring the impossibly charming Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gil Junger, this cult classic romantic-comedy is a modernization of William Shakespeare’s late-16th century comedy The Taming of the Shrew, retold in a late-1990s American high school setting.
In the story, new student Cameron (Gordon-Levitt) is smitten with Bianca (Oleynik) and, in order to get around her father’s strict rules on dating, attempts to get “bad boy” Patrick (Ledger) to date Bianca’s ill-tempered sister, Kat (Stiles). The result? Basically just the best student film. Ever. With some serious feels…
2. Mean Girls
Obviously. This amazing hit of the noughties charts pretty Cady Heron who has grown up in Africa. A hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, Cady makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. Big mistake.
This movie has some of the most hilarious one-liners of all time, including “Stop trying to make Fetch happen, it is NOT going to happen!” amongst many, many others. In fact it’s one of the few you can randomly quote and everyone instantly recognises! Such as of course, “You go Glen Coco!”
3. The Social Network
In 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) begins work on a new concept that eventually turns into the global social network known as Facebook.
Six years later, he is one of the youngest billionaires ever, but Zuckerberg finds that his unprecedented success leads to both personal and legal complications when he ends up on the receiving end of two lawsuits, one involving his former friend (Andrew Garfield). Based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires.”
4. Dead Poets Society
Starring the amazing Robin Williams in this moving film following a new English teacher, John Keating, who is introduced to an all-boys preparatory school that is known for its ancient traditions and high standards.
He uses unorthodox methods to reach out to his students, who face enormous pressures from their parents and the school. With Keating’s help, students Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) and others learn to break out of their shells, pursue their dreams and seize the day.
5. Harry Potter
We don’t need to tell you why Harry Potter is awesome. Particularly the earlier movies, around Christmas time, with a box of Cadbury’s Roses. Ah bliss.
Plus Ron’s one-liners and comedic timing never get old.
6. Legally Blonde
Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But there is one thing stopping her man (Matthew Davis) from proposing – She is too blond. Elle rallies all of her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back.
This is definitely a must-watch for anyone wanting a hearty good laugh before starting uni! But it also contains some pretty touching deeper messages, such as the importance of always having faith in yourself…