Five classic films that totally nail uni life
There’s definitely no shortage of movies that depict the American college experience. It’s usually guaranteed that there will be a new film released every year (and so many old films circulating) that focuses on some aspect of college life, from fraternities to classes to crazy parties.
But not every American films actually nails the Australian uni life experience. Usually, they’re so over the top you can’t relate to them. But every once in a while a classic comes along that, on some level, completely speaks to every uni student.
These are the best classic films that totally encapsulates the student experience on a deeper level than just studying.
OK, you may be reading this one and are already disagreeing, but hear me out for a second. Sure, the plot of Legally Blonde sounds like a really cheesy rom-com, but it’s actually one of the best college films out there.
It’s funny, smart and the ultimate girl-power film for female university students everywhere. It shows the friends you make in college are for life, and sometimes the most outrageous people are the one’s you want by your side.
Good Will Hunting
An oldie but a goodie, Good Will Hunting is undeniably a classic and if you haven’t seen it yet, put it at the top of your list.
This film teaches you not only everything you need to be prepared for in uni or college, but life in general. It won’t always be easy, education can come from anywhere and sometimes in order to get to where you want, you’ll have to make some real sacrifices. Something all students can relate to.
OK, so unfortunately uni life is not a musical and you probably won’t be belting out the classics as part of a major competition anytime soon… But behind all the jokes, Pitch Perfect perfectly encapsulates what it means to be a uni student.
You’ll be forced to try new things, deal with your campus rivals, make new friends and be pushed completely out of your comfort zone. But it’s at this point you’ll figure out who you really are and what it is you want to do with your life.
The Social Network
One of the more dramatic films on this list, the 2010 hit depicts the creation of social networking site Facebook. Unlike your typical frat boy comedies, this movie takes a new approach to the classic college film.
Instead of going down the comedic route, the film serves to show the issues many university students go down in one way or another. University is where you start to realise who you want to be and what you want to achieve. The Social Network is a good example of this. If you want to land your dream job, you have to fight for your work and your dreams otherwise someone might just beat you to it.
St. Elmo’s Fire
Ahhhh another cult classic. The film critically panned at the time of its 1985 release, probably because it had a much more adult feel to it than all the other adolescent films of that time. Now a cult favourite, this film has stood the test of time and remains one of the best representations of uni life.
Depicting the lives of a group of seven very different recently graduated college students, the film perfectly depicts what it means to be studying at university when you have no idea what to do afterwards.
It’s a feeling everyone has at one point or another; it’s inevitable, and this film shows the struggles of transitioning from adolescence into adulthood, something college films rarely ever do now.
Natalie is a Journalism and International Studies student currently working for The Business Woman Media, with previous experience working for Pacific Magazines.