Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What? Edition: High School is so Great (in the movies)

10 Movies Centered around High School (Part 1)

By: Michala T.

Movies focusing on the lives of high school students have been causing a buzz for generations and continue to do so. When I took my daughter to see High School Musical on Broadway I was stunned that it was basically a remake of the movie Grease, only the students looked their age this time. There are always funny, unique, and senseless facts around these movies. I've listed just a few.
  • Clueless-. The movie was filmed in only 40 days. During the game of “Suck and Blow” the cast was unable to sustain the breath to make a real credit card pass from mouth to mouth; a prop card made of cardboard was substituted that still did not work. Holes were drilled into it to make it easier, and when this failed also, the whole cast's lips were heavily coated in chapstick to force the card to stick.
  • Teen Wolf-The red/yellow jacket Michael J. Fox wears on the cover of the poster is the same one Michael Jackson wore in the Thriller video.


  • The School of Rock-The finger point and nod that Jack Black teaches Zack is actually a move that Angus Young of AC/DC performs in concerts. Miranda Cosgrove had to take a lesson in ‘bad singing’ because she sang so well.
  • Lean on Me-While the real life Joe Clark may have made Eastside High School safer, he apparently did not improve the educational environment anywhere near what the movie has you believe but he has been on the cover of Time magazine, been on 60 minutes, the Phil Donahue Show, and ABC’s Nightline.  Lynn Thigpen who plays Ms. Barrett was the host of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego tv show.
  • Dazed and confused-Most of the beer consumed in the movie was real! The word ‘man’ was said 203 times! The most popular line in the movie: “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” The soundtrack ROCKS!
  • Revenge of the nerds-The actor who played Louis is also the father in the Disney Channel show, “Lizzie McGuire” and the Quarterback Jack is the neighbor Al Bundy in “Married with Children”. Curtis Armstrong, also known as Booger played a store clerk in the Nichelodeon show Icarly. Donald Gibb, also known as Ogre, starred in Bloodsport with Jean Claude Van Damme. Anthony Edwards would one day go on to play Dr. Mark Greene in a little show called ER.
  • American Pie-This film was originally sold as the "Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy Which Can Be Made For Under $10 Million Which Studio Readers Will Most Likely Hate But I Think You Will Love". It then went through two other name changes, GREAT FALLS and EAST GREAT FALLS HIGH.
  • Harry Potter Series-JK Rowling and Harry Potter share the same birthday. 6 different actors played Voldemort. Moning Myrtle was37 yrs old when she played the role of the dead Hogwarts student.
  • Toy soldiers- I wonder how many kids went on to make and drink ‘mouthwash vodka’ after viewing this movie! Roger Ebert gave the film 1 out of four stars but five of the actors were nominated for Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast but lost to the actors of “Boyz n the Hood”.
  • Billy Madison-Adam Sandler’s English bulldog, Mazoball, was a ‘special guest’ at his wedding and he also played a part in the movie “Little Nicky”. Sandler loves the band Styx, Van Halen, and he is a huge Yankee Fan. In the movie, Billy is always seeing a penguin when he is drunk.

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