High School- Minus the Musical

How well do our favorite coming-of-age movies represent high school?

We all grew up being promised fantastical high school experiences by directors in their mid-30s. We thought that when we finally entered our freshman year, we would suddenly be transported into a universe filled with electrifying parties, shallow blonde bullies, and an overwhelming sense of school spirit. Clearly, we weren’t prepared for this. Now, we examine the culprits for this confusion:

Things I Hate About You (1999) directed by Gil Junger
Big Time Adolescence (2019) directed by Jason Orley
Booksmart (2019) directed by Olivia Wilde
The Breakfast Club (1985) directed by John Hughes
Carrie (1976) directed by Brian De Palma
Clueless (1995) directed by Amy Heckerling
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) directed by Kelly Fremon Craig
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) directed by John Hughes
Heathers (1989) directed by Michael Lehmann
High School Musical (2006) directed by Kenny Ortega
Lady Bird (2017) directed by Greta Gerwig
Lemonade Mouth (2011) directed by Patricia Riggen
Mean Girls (2004) directed by Mark Waters

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