Not every school-related movie is good enough to stand among the all-time greats. However, the genre is broad and deep. Here are some school-related movies that almost made the cut.
(Spoiler alert: “Kindergarten Cop” isn’t on this list, either.)
Footloose. The 1984 box-office smash is the ultimate hey-let’s-put-on-a-show! vehicle. The show, in this case, is a high school prom. The requisite obstacle is a hick town where dancing and rock music are forbidden. Forbidden, that is, until rebellious Chicagoan Kevin Bacon arrives and John Lithgow’s character, a local reverend with a heart of gold, conveniently rethinks his stodgy position.
Juno. Somehow, this 2007 comedy-drama about an impregnated Minnesota high school student becomes less worthy of acclaim with each successive project full of false teen speak that Diablo Cody sends Netflix. Nevertheless, it’s a sweet little movie.