DVD of the Week – Back to School with the Classics

by HELEN GEIB

To mark back to school season, here are three films adapted from literary or cinematic classics. These movies are not just entertaining and educational, but instructive too: how-to guides to navigating the social pitfalls of high school.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Heath Ledger (before anyone knew who he was) and Julia Stiles star in this high-school set re-working of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, but it’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt who steals the show as the younger sister’s suitor.

Clueless (1995)

Amy Heckerling’s inspired adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma is one of the top comedies of the ’90s. The setting is transposed to Beverly Hills and there are strategic changes to the plot and characters, but the moral lesson survives intact.

The Faculty (1998)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets The Breakfast Club. Reimagining by Kevin Williamson (Scream); directed by Robert Rodriguez.

New releases this week: The Beaver, POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

4 responses to “DVD of the Week – Back to School with the Classics

  1. Richard Winters

    I would add ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Sixteen Candles’ and ‘Heathers’ to that list.

  2. Richard Winters

    Of course I guess I should pay attention because these are adaptations from literary classics, or cinematic classics, so that was my bad and in that case it is a pretty good list and you can disregard the previous post. ‘The faculty’ was a pretty cool movie as I remember.

    • Well, my selections are more than a bit tongue in cheek on the educational value front, making the “re-working of the classics” theme easy to overlook. :=) “The Faculty” is a cool movie, especially for movie buffs what with the sci fi and teen movie mashup aspect.

      • The Faculty is a cool movie and somehow it was directed by Robert Rodriguez…
        And speakng of Shakespeare, Ralph Fiennes has a new film that he’s starring in and directing called Coriolanus, based on Shakespeare’s play. However, it takes place during contemporary times. :O)

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