8 of the most amazing students in movie history
Summer is winding down, which can only mean one thing for the majority of young people -- back to school. While the high school bell and piles of homework aren't the most exciting things in the world, these cinema-students definitely are.
Check out the 8 best students in movie history:
1) Ferris Bueller in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
Chicago cool kid Ferris Bueller isn't exactly the most studious student in the world, but he certainly goes down in history as one of the most cunning. Bueller, played by Matthew Broderick, ditches school one last time before graduation and ends up having a wild day -- from singing on a float in a parade to taking a Ferrari for a spin -- all while outwitting the school's principal.
2) Cher Horowitz in "Clueless"
Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) is easily one of the most fashionable high school students we've ever seen. In fact, the Beverly Hills socialite even has a computer program to help coordinate her outfits before she heads off to school with her pal, Dionne. And while her style is certainly on-point, her debate skills are not. In one of her classes Cher tries to explain the crisis in Haiti and totally mispronounces the word Haitians, calling them something that sounds like "haydians." But she does earn points for debating her way into better grades.
3) Cady Heron in "Mean Girls"
Being the new kid in school definitely isn't easy, yet somehow Cady Heron (a transplant from the wilds of Africa) manages to rise to the top of the social food chain. Despite the fact that she totally burns people in the process and nearly causes a school riot after dethroning the school's queen Regina George, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) is for all intents and purposes a good student. In fact, she's probably a better smarty pants than she is queen be.
4) Mr. John Keating in "Dead Poet's Society"
Okay, we know Mr. Keating is the teacher and not the student, but after you watch "Dead Poet's Society," you'll realize that Keating is a lifelong learner, philosopher, teacher and founder of the coolest secret society ever. The exceptional character, played by Robin Williams, inspired a group of prep school students to expand their minds beyond what is simply expected of them and encourages them to pursue even their wildest dreams. In short, Mr. Keating is incredible.
5) Hermione Granger and Harry Potter in "Harry Potter"
At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry these two reign supreme. Granger is the book-smart wizard who can charm and spell her way out of literally any situation and get top grades. Potter on the other hand, gets by with a little bit of luck, a serious legacy, and his ability to learn spells on the fly.
6) Tracy Flick in "Election"
Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is your typical Type-A, super studious, only child who has dreams of being student body president - and she'll literally do anything for it. In this hilarious look at high school politics, Flick takes on Mr. Popular and tries to take him down with her insane campaign. Trust us, you just need to watch this one. "Pick Flick."
7) Rita Watson in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit"
Forget the books! In this heartwarming film, it's all about singing and finding your way through music. Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill) initially is one of Sister Mary Clarence's biggest problems, but she finally checks her attitude and learns to embrace Mary Clarence's expert teaching all while finding her own voice. The movie ends with Watson on a high note -- literally.
8) Jeff Spicoli in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
To call Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) a good student would be the overstatement of the year, but nonetheless he's one of the most memorable high school students in history. His California surfer vibe, pension for enjoying illicit substances, and love for cutting class are hard to forget. 'Gnarly dude.