Nobody likes to go back to school. Saying goodbye to summer vacation is always a tough task and getting back into the routine of test-taking, homework and waking up for the bus can be drag. However, thankfully Netflix has a few back-to-school essentials, essential movies that is, to help make the transition a little easier.
Here are seven back-to-school movies available for streaming right now on Netflix:
1. "Grease" (1978)
If you have to go back to school, you might as well be singing! "Grease" will help out in that department. Sure, the cast, including John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, is maybe the most glaring example of a bunch of fully grown adults pretending to be teenagers in the history of film, but once the harmonies of "Summer Nights" and "You're the One that I Want" kick in, you will forget about that small detail. Hopefully, you will also forget about all your back to school woes. "Grease" has been making new high schoolers nostalgic for the 1950s for more than 30 years and will always be a back-to-school essential.
Watch "Summer Night" from "Grease" below:
2. "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986)
Many students returning to school might fantasize of escaping class altogether. No movie scratches that itch quite like "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." None of us ever will be as cool as Matthew Broderick's Ferris Bueller, nor would we be able to get away with the level of shenanigans Ferris and his friends pull off in just one "sick" day home from school, but we can all watch and dream.
3. "Teen Witch" (1989)
School would be a lot more fun with magic, right? While Netflix might not have the "Harry Potter" movies, it does have "Teen Witch" to give viewers their requisite dose of high school sorcery. When Louise (Robyn Lively) finds out that with her 16th birthday comes some special powers, she uses her new magic mojo to join the ranks of the popular crowd. Who wouldn't use witch powers to get revenge on a bunch of cheerleader bullies?
4. "Clueless" (1995)
Simply put, "Clueless" is just fun. And it's got a little bit of everything -- a young Paul Rudd, an adorably klutzy performance from the late-Brittany Murphy, and Alicia Silverstone as the hilariously, shallow, would-be matchmaker Cher. There's nothing groundbreaking in this popular-girl-finds-out-popularity-is-not-everything tale, but it is an adaption of Jane Austen's "Emma," so you might get some points in English class for watching.
5. "School of Rock" (2003)
You would not fret going back to school if Jack Black was your teacher. "Boyhood" director Richard Linklater gave one lucky, if fictional class, just that gift. The result is not just a great back-to-school movie, but one of the 2000's best rock 'n' roll movies as well. This movie will give you all the inspiration you need to head bang your way through the upcoming school year.
6. "Mean Girls" (2004)
Do you really need an explanation as to why "Mean Girls" is a back to school classic? Tina Fey's perfect dissection of high school cliques continues to be a cultural phenomenon, referenced in countless movies and responsible for inserting more than a few quotes and catch phrases into everyday conversations since its release ("There's a 30 percent chance that it's already raining!"). We would suggest adding this to your pre-school year watch list, but you are probably watching it already.
Watch a clip from "Mean Girls" below:
7. "High School Musical" (2006)
Three years before "Glee" came around, "High School Musical" was there to convince you that your high school halls were populated by burgeoning pop stars with model-looks. Sure, it was corny, but this Disney television movie might be worth revisiting just to reminisce about teenage Zac Efron. People either loved or hated "High School Musical," but if you were part of the former camp, it is without a doubt a back-to-school must watch.