11 Movies That Show How Awful High School Is

  
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High school is not an easy thing to survive. The academic side of things can be challenging for many, but the social side of high school can sometimes be even more difficult to deal with. Bullying, peer pressure, cliques, fitting in, popularity, drugs, sex, alcohol, and dating are all major issues for teens. For teens in movies, there are all of these problems, plus the occasional psychopathic murderer to deal with, and maybe some supernatural escapades. All in all, high school can be pretty difficult at times, and here are some movies that show just how awful high school can be.

11. She’s All That

She’s All That is a classic high school movie about a popular guy, Zack (Freddie Prinze. Jr.) and a not-so-popular girl, Laney (Rachael Leigh Cook), falling in love. It begins when Zack’s friend Dean (Paul Walker) makes a bet with him about if Zack can turn any girl into the next prom queen in six weeks. Dean chooses Laney as the girl, and Zack begins his challenge. Laney is not easily charmed, and the process of getting her to spend time with him is rather amusing. Over time, they fall in love and after going through many hurdles, they end up together. Viewers see the importance students place on appearance, since Laney is viewed differently as soon as she starts to change her style. They also see characters use lies and manipulation in a desperate struggle to become more popular. Laney’s character doesn’t actually strive for popularity, which is somewhat refreshing, and she teaches Zach a thing or two about what’s important in life, and it isn’t popularity.

Source: Miramax

Source: Miramax

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10. Easy A

Easy A is a movie that shows how students are judged in high school for their sexual encounters, or lack thereof. Whether students are virgins or sleep around, they are publically shamed. The main character, Olive, makes up a story about going on a date to avoid a camping trip, and when grilled about her date by her best friend, she claims to have lost her virginity. Someone overhears, and the news spreads around school quickly. She decides to embrace her reputation as the school harlot, and male students beg her to tell people that they slept together, and shower her with gifts in exchange for the favor. Viewers see just how far high school students will go in order to alter their reputation and increase their popularity. They also see that these efforts to change the way people see them often backfire, and that honesty and being themselves is usually the best way to get through life.

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©Screen Gems/Courtesy Everett Collection

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