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Role Call: 15 Great Back-to-School Movies

backtoschoointroYou remember how it was when summer ended and school started – a real drag, right? No doubt parents everywhere are thrilled to send the youngsters (back)packing, but for kids … it’s sucky and we know it. To make going back to school slightly more bearable, here are 15 movies that’ll have kids walking the halls with a smile.

Bring It On

Torrance Shipman is a high school senior, so this is her year. Not only does she get to be captain of the Rancho Carne cheerleading squad, but this is also the last time she’ll have the opportunity to help the Toros win a national title. Lesson: Bring it on; savor the opportunity and aim high like Torrance.

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Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

While I’ve still yet to give it a read, apparently “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” has roots in some excellent source material. Sure, seeing the movie before reading the book takes away the opportunity to imagine the characters as I perceive them, but the casting for this film is so pitch perfect, there’s no one I’d rather spend more time with than Logan Lerman’s Charlie, Ezra Miller’s Patrick and Emma Watson’s Sam.

Life isn’t easy for Charlie. Not only does he have a rather dark past, but he’s starting high school and doesn’t have a single friend there. However, one night at a football game, on a whim, Charlie approaches Patrick, a senior from his woodshop class with a tendency to cause trouble, as he makes no effort to restrain his big personality. Patrick introduces Charlie to his stepsister, Sam, and the two immediately take a liking to him, bringing Charlie into their circle of friends and finally making him feel accepted.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is oozing with high school clichés and has quite a bit of tacky dialogue, but, for the most part, it works in the film’s favor. The innocence of the material matches Charlie’s naivety and the combination creates this overwhelmingly sweet and seemingly harmless environment. However, then drugs, alcohol and some really disturbing scenarios juxtapose that innocence, making “Perks” much more than any other face value high school drama.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Countdown: YA Novels for the ‘Hunger Games’ Lover

How about a break from all of those Hunger Games: Catching Fire casting rumors? While Francis Lawrence and co. are hard at work bringing Finnick, Johanna and the rest of the franchise newcomers to life, why not sit back and relax with a good book?

Reading can be fun in itself, but if you’re one of the many who relished Suzanne Collins’ books before seeing the story come to life on the big screen, you know there’s something special about being part of that transition, falling in love with text and then literally seeing it come to life right before your eyes. Lucky for us, the whole young adult novel adaptation craze is as hot as ever so there are quite a number of soon-to-be movies to choose from.

With the help of The Hunger Games fandom, Movies.com brings you a comprehensive list of the best of the best the YA-to-film realm has to offer.

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Interview: Beware The Gonzo’s Ezra Miller and Zoe Kravitz

It’s been just over a year since Beware the Gonzo charmed audiences at the Tribeca Film Festival and it’s no wonder that both Ezra Miller and Zoë Kravitz have been busy ever since. In the movie Miller stars as Gonzo, a high school kid with some intense ambitions. When the school golden boy, Riley (Jesse McCartney), uses his power as the paper’s editor-in-chief to stifle Gonzo’s creativity and zest, Gonzo opts to start his own paper, one outside the school’s jurisdiction (to a point): The Gonzo Files. Also with a vendetta against Riley, Kravitz’s character, Evie, opts to join the ranks of The Gonzo Files and fight back by doing whatever it takes to bring the student body the truth.

After speaking with Miller and Kravitz, it’s quite clear as to why director Bryan Goluboff added them to his roster; they’re both incredibly passionate and are willing to fight for what they want. We talked about Beware the Gonzo quite a bit, but the conversation also trailed off into real-life territory and their struggle trying to make it in a business with a preference for casting 20-somethings as high school teens. From my standpoint, Miller and Kravitz appear to have thriving careers, but both admit to have experienced some troubling times along the way and, quite naturally, concern for the future.

At the same time, these are two very fun-loving people we’re talking about and the giggles were abound in this interview. To level the playing field, I opted to leave in a little cell phone oops on my part, as I’m hoping you’ll get as good of a laugh out of it as we did. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below and be sure to catch Beware the Gonzo when it hits theaters on September 9th.

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