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Your Favorite High School Movies

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | June 11, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | June 11, 2009 |

Tonight’s diversion comes from Katie, who is about to graduate high school. It is a mystery to me why high-schoolers would want to fritter away their hours here, but I’m grateful for it, if not a little worried about the future of our country. Granted, it’s better than watching High School Musical 3, but the level of cynicism in some teenagers is somewhat disconcerting to me, and I suspect we do nothing but perpetuate it. Collectively, we’re kind of assholes.

Anyway, Katie is feeling sentimental, which is understandable. She won’t see most of the people around her again until a decade later when they mysteriously start friending you on Facebook, all the more mysterious because you weren’t actually friends with them in high school. It’ll take you a few minutes to place the name, but you’ll accept, because it’s the nice thing to do. But then you’ll just have to block them a few weeks later when they decide to lecture you about your life choices and suggest you ask Jesus into your heart.

To Katie’s email:

“High school has been a strange journey, but it has also been the ultimate growing experience. Lately, I’ve been reading and watching a lot of “coming of age” material, too (I Love You, Beth Cooper, Can’t Hardly Wait). This comment diversion idea is hackneyed, but considering the time of the year, I’d really enjoy seeing and reading the Eloquents’ responses to these questions: What is your favorite high school memory, what high school-related film do you most enjoy watching, and why?

My favorite high school memories are those from the two years I’ve been involved in my yearbook production class. We’d all be so chill before deadline days, and come said day, the classroom would look like it was hit by a earthquake because my fellow co-workers and I would be running around/going wild/cursing/doing things they normally wouldn’t do in order to finish their work. After each one (five total), we’d have “deadline” parties. My favorite high school-related film is a tie between 10 Things I Hate About You or The Breakfast Club.”


I appreciate the suggestion, Katie. And I’m going to turn it over to the Eloquents for the discussion. I’ll add only that I liked yearbook, too, until they canned me for using too many expletives, and my favorite coming-of-age movie is Rocket Science.

And if y’all are feeling particularly eloquent, perhaps you can offer Katie and our other graduating readers some advice (besides “Go back,” of course).

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