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Movies to Get You Through the Semester

By Piper Blake
Web Content Contributor

As the semester is coming to an end, the stress of grades and finals will begin to catch up with all of us. A great way to relieve some of that anxiety is to sit back and relax, put on a good film, and munch on some popcorn. My friends and I always plan movie nights when we are getting too overwhelmed and just need a break. That is why I want to share some of my favorite college related movies that help me get rid of my textbook blues.

“Good Will Hunting”

A movie that inspires geniuses everywhere. Good Will Hunting is a story of redemption and the creation of an unlikely relationship with a professor. I am a sucker for anything with Robin Williams in it. Sean, played by Robin Williams, is a psychologist that is asked to help a young mathematician, played by Matt Damon. Both characters are struggling with demons from their past but help each other heal and learn. This movie gives a roller coaster of emotions because you get to see the vulnerability of two men trying to overcome the darkness of their path and become the men they want to be.

“Legally Blonde”

Honestly, this is such a feel-good move. I love the girl power and witty humor throughout. Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, is our style inspiration of the ’90s and our blonde feminist icon. Woods decides to go to Harvard Law school to win back “the man of her dreams” but quickly realizes that her looks have only gotten her so far. I love how she can still be her stylish self while proving everyone around her that she is just as smart and can do it while in heels. This is probably my favorite go-to movie just because it’s hilarious and gives girls a sense of confidence in their abilities. I recommend anyone who hasn’t seen this classic to go watch it as soon as possible.

“Sydney White”

If you need a movie that has lots of drama and romance, this is the college movie for you. Stereotypical sorority mean girls are out to get anyone who threatens their power and Sydney White, played by Amanda Bynes, is their target. White has a strong legacy status due to her mom being a past president of the head sorority on campus which makes her a threat to the reigning president. This movie is all about the power-hungry sororities and their quest to conquer college and the people who want to stop them. White must overcome their torment to make it through her first year. However, through all this she finds friends and a guy that loves her for who she is and not because of her sorority legacy.

“Mona Lisa Smile”

This is another girl power movie. Julia Andrews is perfect, as always, as the supportive professor trying to establish herself in the classroom. However, the know-it-all girls make it a bit harder than needed. Who knew art history could establish such strong feminist undertones? Even though some of the girls prefer to stick to the housewife lifestyle of the 1950s, the others decide to take a few lessons from their teacher and be the independent women they were meant to be.

All of these movies can be found on Netflix! They are worth the watch if you need a pick-me-up before the end of the semester. Each movie listed has some type of deeper meaning that may be related to your situation. So, the next time you’re feeling down about school, look at one of these movies and get a nice laugh or cry out and get back to killing your school work. You got this!

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