RedEye’s picks for back to school movies and TV shows


The Perks of Being a Wallflower (top left), Heathers (top right), Mean Girls (bottom left),and Love, Simon (bottom right)

Brennan Eberwine

School may be back in session, but we’re all still stuck at home. So why not binge some movies and TV shows that’ll put you in the back-to-school mood?

Mean Girls (Submitted by Macy Waddle)

Cady Heron has lived her entire life in Africa, but now that she has to move to Illinois, she has to navigate a different type of jungle: high school. Gossip, back-stabbing, and cliques all define her time at North Shore High with “the Plastics” in this classic teen comedy.

“While many people see Regina George, the main character as a villain, but I love the energy and confidence she gives off throughout the movie and it’s something I really strive to have. The movie is a classic and always gives me a good laugh when I need it, I also plan on being Regina George for this socially distanced Halloween this year,” Macy Waddle said.

Love, Simon (Submitted by EP Presnell)

17-year-old Simon Spier is just trying to navigate high school and find out how his sexuality fits into his life. Throughout the school year he learns not just how to come out and be himself, but also what falling in love is like.

“”Love, Simon” is one of my favorite movies when I think of back to school because I just love the movie in general and it takes place during the school year! Between The Bleachers and Troye Sivan, the soundtrack is one of my favorites, and the story means a lot to me. I read the book about a year before the movie came out and it reminds me of starting a new year and all the craziness that comes with it. It’s a comfort movie to the extreme and I have a lot of memories connected to it,” EP Presnell said.

High School Musical (Submitted by Mya Cummins)

Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez fall for each other at a ski lodge during New Year’s Eve, but when they decide to try out for the upcoming school musical they both must navigate their obligations to basketball and academic decathalon in order to be the stars of the show.

“This cinematic masterpiece has it it all, sing dancing, Zac Efron, and more. I’ve grown up watching this movie so it’s no doubt my favorite, and I’m not going to lie I was a little disappointed finding out that the movie is nothing like the real deal (apparently kids don’t break out into song and dance on lunchroom tables),” Mya Cummins said.

Gossip Girl (submitted by Molly Gregory)

The privileged students of an Upper East Side preparatory school are constantly engulfed in scandals all captured by the mysterious “Gossip Girl” as they try to navigate love, school, and careers.

“My favorite back to school show is “Gossip Girl” because it reminds me of Manual a little bit, but in a good way. I also like to see the outfits and the New York setting,” Molly Gregory said.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Submitted by Payton Carns)

Charlie’s life of being a wallflower freshman is disrupted when he becomes friends with two charismatic seniors Sam and Patrick. As he goes through “Rocky Horror Picture Shows,” books from his English teacher, and his two best friends’ music, he starts to find out who he really is.

“My favorite back to school movie is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” It’s a sadder movie but it represents mental health very well and follows a struggling freshman navigating friendship and his first year of high school. it makes me reminisce on how scary freshman year is and also how different things become after going into my senior year three years later,” Payton Carns said.

Gilmore Girls (submitted by Brennan Eberwine)

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore live in the idyllic Stars Hollow, Connecticut living their lives off of coffee and witty conversations. As Rory tries to navigate Preparatory school (later Yale) and Lorelai navigates running an in and her parents. Their relationship is the only constant.

“”Gilmore Girls” is so fun to watch during back to school season because Rory is a huge nerd and is always seems to be at the coolest schools in the show. It also doesn’t hurt that Rory is on the school newspaper that reminds me of RedEye,” Brennan Eberwine said.

Heathers (submitted by Michelle Quan)

The Heathers are the most popular clique in school who are always playing cruel jokes on their classmates. One day, a member of the Heathers, Veronica and her new boyfriend J.D., accidentally poison the leader of the Heathers and go on a killing spree of the popular kids in school.

“I like Heathers because all the characters are based on high school stereotypes but more crude and realistic (kinda). Like mean girls but better. And I love the colors and themes of the movie. I think it all just meshes together really well,” Michelle Quan said.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Submitted by Justin Farris)

14-year old Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales is bitten by a radioactive spider and soon gains mysterious powers that transform him into Spider-Man. He, along with several other Spider-Mans must defeat Kingpin all while going to school and leading a normal life.

Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (Submitted by Isabelle Bonilla)

Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo, and Shaggy all take jobs as school teachers at “Miss Grimwood’s Finishing School for Girls” where they soon learn that the students at this school are all ghouls and monsters and are scared multiple times by the students.

“I absolutely love “Scooby-Doo” and it reminds me of really happy times back in elementary school,” Isabella Bonilla said.