By Alexis Benveniste
As high school comes to a close, we’re dying to watch our favorite movies about high school graduation. Sit back and relax, because we’re here with some of the most hilarious, tear-jerking high school graduation movies there are to offer.
1. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Wise guy Ferris Bueller, is determined to take a day off of school filled with pranks and goofing off. Bueller’s friends Cameron and Sloane take the day off with him, too, taking part in all of his crazy shenanigans. “Looking back, I wish I could have gotten away with what Ferris Bueller did in high school,” said Madeline Potter, a junior at Indiana University. The movie is a great way to relax, unwind, and take the high school graduation process a little less seriously.
This musical about teens living in the '50s is an absolute classic. Not only does it put a fun spin on the final days of high school, but also it shows that friends can truly stay close even as school comes to an end. “When I was graduating high school, I was hoping that my friends and I would remain friends, and Grease really reassured me of that,” says Danielle, a freshman at Miami University of Ohio. You can sing along with friends and take your mind off of the seriousness of graduation. At least your friend didn’t pierce your ear in the bathroom, right?
3. American Pie
American Pie is a classic. Even though the characters in the movie vow to lose their virginity before they leave for college, we found that losing your virginity isn’t everything the movies might make it out to be. In fact, our ultimate college girl survey indicates that 43 percent of college girls are still virgins, so losing your virginity before you graduate definitely isn’t a big deal and isn’t anything to stress about!
4. Say Anything
Graduating high school can be daunting because it comes with so many choices. In Say Anything, an underachiever and a valedictorian fall in love the summer before they head off to college. This movie makes you think about where you see yourself professionally, and which campus you see yourself on. The choices can be overwhelming and difficult. “Say Anything is a great movie about how everyone has insecurities. Lloyd Dobler isn't always totally self-assured, and the beautiful Diane Court isn't as on-top-of-the-world as she seems,” says Lily Herman, a freshman at Wesleyan University. “I think it deals with a lot of the uncertainty that comes with leaving high school. Who were you these past four years? What are you doing? Where the heck are you going?”
5. Can’t Hardly Wait
Can’t Hardly Wait shows the side of graduation that implies letting loose and releasing inhibitions. “It’s about transitioning because it focuses on the one last party before everyone graduates and goes their separate way. It’s about telling your crush that you like them, or getting a jock to sign your yearbook. It’s about your last chance,” says Mikhala, a sophomore at Winston Salem State University.