Back to school 2010: Ten Back-to-school Movies for Parents

Posted By Simon on August 10, 2010
in Back To School

For lots of school-aged kids, they may not help meeting with her/his peers and teachers now. However, who says only kids get excited about returning to school? For parents, they also can indulge their “inner children” with these ten nostalgic back-to-school movie classics.
Seven of those ten non-animation movies are shot in 1980s. However, there is also something that can move you deeply, and even make your “inner kid” squeal.
Talk with your children about these movies some time, even though they might not understand it very well, but they will know these feelings one day.

1.The Breakfast Club


  • Rated: R
  • Year: 1985
  • Cast: Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy
  • Attention, detention! A jock, a nerd, a punk, a princess, and a Goth chick report for detention on a Saturday in the high school library, and unexpectedly find common ground. Out of all the John Hughes movies, this one shows the secret, emotional life of teens — and why everyone feels like an outcast at one time or another.
  • What Parents Like: Everyone can relate to at least one stereotype, and sometimes the dialogue has the rawness of a group therapy session.
  • What Makes Our Inner Kid Squeal: Opposites attract, especially after a lot of painful, awkward staring and trading insults, of course.

2.Dead Poets Society


  • Rated: PG
  • Year: 1989
  • Cast: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke
  • “Carpe Diem!” is the lesson of the day when the free-thinking Williams shows up at the traditional Welton Academy, spouting Whitman and Tennyson. We know the reserved students have learned to think and stand up for themselves when a shy Hawke literally stands up on his desk and shouts, “Captain, my captain!”
  • What Parents Like: Admit it, after you saw this movie, you felt relieved you couldn’t afford to send your kids to some posh boarding school.
  • What Makes Our Inner Kid Squeal: It’s 1959. Young men throw off the shackles of convention and defy authority by sprinting through the forest at night and reciting poetry in caves.



  • Rated: R
  • Year: 1980
  • Cast: Irene Cara, Barry Miller, Gene Anthony Ray, Maureen Teefy
  • Before American Idol, Alan Parker’s fictional film showed us what it was like to be young and hungry for show business, by focusing on eight students attending New York City’s famed High School of Performing Arts. In between classes, rehearsals, and tryouts, he exposes their ambitions, talents, and frustrations with exuberance and honesty.
  • What Parents Like: It’s still not too late to get that accounting degree! The film definitely shows the grittier side of show business.
  • What Makes Our Inner Kid Squeal: Who hasn’t dreamed about dancing like Martha Graham on the tops of cars stuck in rush-hour traffic?

4.Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


  • Rated: PG-13
  • Year: 1986
  • Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jennifer Grey
  • Playing hookey, borrowing a Ferrari, singing on a float in a parade, and going out to lunch with your best friend and girlfriend never looked so good. Ferris’ cheeky outlook makes taking a sick day — and evading the principal — seem like child’s play.
  • What Parents Like: For all the elaborate ruses, nothing really bad happens…to your car anyway.
  • What Makes Our Inner Kid Squeal: Charlie Sheen, in a bad-boy cameo, melts the frost off Ferris’ sister at the police station.



  • Rated: PG
  • Year: 1984
  • Cast: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dianne Wiest
  • All the Right Moves: Chicago teen moves to a town where dancing is forbidden, and hooks up with the preacher’s daughter. These are rebels with a prom, man!
  • What Parents Like: That’s easy. Moms like Kevin Bacon. Dads like Lori Singer.
  • What Makes Our Inner Kid Squeal: We hate to admit it, but the Kenny Loggins soundtrack does get us fired up.

Excuse me for interrupting, but I want to introduce the five movies left in other formats: PowerPoint presentations and videos which are converted from the slides.
Slideshow of Ten Back-to-school Movies for Parents (Part Two)

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