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The Best Movies About the End of School For Summer

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Summer is coming close for many, and for those under 18 (or even those still enrolled in college), that means it is almost time to be done with school. In the words of Alice Cooper, “school’s out for summer!” The last day of school is one of the most euphoric feelings a young person feels, right up there with Christmas morning and seeing a host of presents under the tree. The excitement of no longer having to get up for classes and an exciting couple of months with big summer movies, summer camps, and cookouts to look forward to brings a host of excitement that almost boils over on the last day of school as everyone, teachers included, wait for that last bell to ring. Even if one has been out of school for a while, there is a chance one feels a certain wave of nostalgia for that sensation the last day of school used to bring.

Summer also means movies, and there are plenty of movies that perfectly capture that end-of-school feeling. This list is great for those getting out of classes looking to celebrate and kick off their summer, or for those who have been out of school for so long and want to recapture that magic again. These are the best movies about the end of school before summer.

Except Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: No Way Home, Spider-Man was strictly a summer film property, and Spider-Man: Far From Home played into that aspect more than any other movie by setting itself as a summer vacation movie. The movie’s opening sequence is set on Peter Parker’s last day of his junior year of high school, and the movie draws a parallel between summer vacation and the status of the MCU at the time.

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The school year was much like Avengers: Endgame, a massive event, whereas Spider-Man: Far From Home is positioned as summer, a nice easy wind-down reward that will be a fun time that makes way for a new chapter. With a vibe drawing heavily from 80s vacation comedy movies and the hook of the sequel going international that worked for a number of properties before it, like The Muppets and National Lampoon, Spider-Man: Far From Home is a movie about a kid celebrating his much-needed summer vacation.

While Grease takes place through an entire school year, the film’s ending and most iconic sequence with its signature song ‘You’re the One That I Want’ is set on the last day of school. The film also starts with the students coming back from summer vacation, so it is bookended by summer sequences. Despite the cast all looking far too old for high school students, and Danny not deserving Sandy’s forgiveness, the movie captures a certain teenage energy. With the main characters graduating, a big fair that is a staple of summertime thrills, and the iconography of 50s Americana that is often associated with summer, Grease still stands as a classic to this day.

High School Musical 2 opens with the song ‘What Time Is It?’, capturing the anticipation for school to be over and the excitement that follows once one is out, so the film rightfully earns a spot on this list. Combine that with a strong summer aesthetic that follows the cast working summer jobs, and zeroing in on the high school romance with a summer breakup in the film’s best song ‘Gotta Go My Own Way’, High School Musical 2 sees a Disney Channel Original Movie continue to become seasonal staples, as Luck of the Irish for Saint Patricks Day or the Halloweentown films do for the Halloween season.

From director J.J Abrams, apart from a prologue set in winter, Super 8 takes place during summer vacation. The action of the film is kicked off on the first night of summer vacation, as the kids are seen planning how they will shoot their film as they are getting out of school for the summer. Super 8 taps into that feeling of spending summers with friends, getting into adventures, and finding ways to entertain oneself. Many aspiring filmmakers’ stories begin with making movies with their friends in their free time, and summer hosts a large amount of free time. Drawing heavily from the Amblin films of the 80s which have become associated with summer movie season, Super 8 becomes a quintessential movie that feels like summer.

A followup to the popular series Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie sees Goofy (the quasi-dog) attempting to bond with his now 14-year-old son Max, in fear that the two are drifting apart. The movie kicks off when, on the last day of school, Max gets in trouble during the assembly dressing up as rock star Powerline but ends up impressing his crush, Roxanne. Goofy takes Max on a father/son bonding road trip, while Max tries to find a way to make it to the Powerline concert to impress Roxanne.

While a movie based around the character of Goofy does not seem like a strong fit for getting out for the summer, many can relate to the experience of blossoming young love and the big summer events like concerts that define those moments. Summer vacations and road trips with family are something many people can relate to during the summer, but so is the rift that grows between parents and their children. A Goofy Movie provides a reasonable point of view for both sides and works to show the understanding parents and children need to have with one another.

Eighth Grade takes place on the last week of school for middle-grade student Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher). The film is the directorial debut for comedian Bo Burnham and examines a host of issues, like how a generation who has grown up with social media so prevalent in their lives copes with mental health as well as their own sense of self. The movie’s view on social media is both negative and positive, as Kayla projects an image of herself on a social media platform that nobody seems to follow but also gives her a sense of control that she does not have in her day-to-day life.

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Eighth Grade is a film that treats the complexities and also fears of growing up and changing in a way that is as realistically horrifying but also sweetly mundane, where a pool party is one of the scariest things ever, but also the promise that as one grows up their expectations of themselves change.

In many ways, Booksmart is a spiritual successor to Eighth Grade (even with this film being the directorial debut for Olivia Wilde). While Eighth Grade was the last day of middle school, Booksmart follows Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) on the night before their graduation as they look to have fun and party after years of focusing on their academics. While Eighth Grade focuses on the anxiety of entering high school, Booksmart revels in the celebratory nature one feels as high school ends but also the slight uncertainty that awaits after.

The last day of high school is one of both accomplishment but also anxiety, and Booksmart acknowledges both those aspects but really celebrates the end of high school as a momentous occasion worth celebrating. Booksmart‘s theatrical release even tried to tie into the end of school feeling, as it was released the week before Memorial Day weekend which for many parts of the United States is traditionally the last week of school and when graduations are held.

Arguably the quintessential ‘schools out for summer movie,’ Dazed and Confused focuses on different groups of students on their last day of school on May 28, 1976, in Texas. There really isn’t much of an overriding plot but rather a series of moments with various characters on one very long special night, and is just Richard Linklater making the ultimate hangout movie. This is a film where the plot is less important than the vibe and enjoying the company of the characters. It perfectly captures that ultimate feeling of laid-back summer evenings, where the most important thing is living in the moment and not worrying about what comes tomorrow. The school year ending and the beginning of summer is a time for celebration, and the best way to do it is to fully enjoy oneself be that with others, by oneself, on a trip, or at home but what is really important is living in the moment.

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The Best Episode In Bel-Air Season 1

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The ending of “Bel-Air” Season 1 is a strong and emotional one, and it’s hardly a surprise that the final episode of Season 1 has the highest rating on IMDb by a considerable margin. This is perfectly understandable, because as Variety points out, “Where To?” is “Bel-Air’s” version of the original show’s classic “Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse” — you know, the heartbreaking one where a chance reunion with Will’s father (Ben Vereen) ends up reaffirming that he doesn’t have what it takes to want to be a part of Will’s life. “How come he don’t want me, man?” the desolate Will asks Uncle Phil (James Avery) in the end. 

Apart from its connections with the legendary episode, “Where to?” has other things going for it, as well. In this version, Will’s dad Lou is played by Marlon Wayans, and his backstory is reimagined pretty heavily. Because of this, the episode’s broad strokes might be similar to the original, but things actually play out in a very different way than “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” handles the brief father-son reunion.

With an IMDb rating of 7.8 out of 10, “Where to?” stands head and shoulders above the rest of the season — even the second highest-rated episode, “Yamacraw,” only has a 7.4 rating.

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Never Have I Ever Season 3: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

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Indian-American teen Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) is coming back to our screens soon with a new season of Never Have I Ever. Mindy Kaling’s Netflix series was renewed for a fourth and final season before season 3’s air date was even announced. With the third season’s release date confirmed, fans can start to get excited to see what will happen next for the high schoolers.

Knowing the show has a predetermined endpoint means this season could be setting up storylines that they’ll see through for the next two seasons. This gives them more room to explore other themes and more time to set up longer, more complex plot points. There are no hints as to what those could be, but we can speculate based on how the last season ended. Which, if you recall, was on a high note for everyone but Ben (Jaren Lewison).

While you wait for Devi and her friends to return, you can practice for a 24-hour relay or pick out what to wear to the next dance on your social calendar. Here’s everything we know about the next season of Never Have I Ever.

The last season left the audience with some questions. Devi and Paxton (Darren Barnet) are back together, and everyone knows about it since they danced in front of everyone at the school dance. Ben is left devastated after Eleanor (Ramona Young) revealed he was Devi’s first choice of boyfriend, not the popular swimmer. Based on the shirt her best friend is holding in the image above, maybe things with Paxton will get a bit more serious (or Devi wants them to get there). After all, it wouldn’t be the first time she tried to sleep with him.

But, there could be another wrench in Devi’s love life. Newcomer Des (Anirudh Pisharody), an Indian student that attends a private school, is being introduced this season, but his storyline isn’t known. Could Devi, or maybe Aneesa (Megan Suri), transfer to the private school? Is he someone Devi’s mom tries to set her up with? Is he simply a family friend? Only time will tell.

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Devi wasn’t the only one to (re-)kindle a romance at the dance. Her cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani) and Eleanor may have new relationships bloom this season. Trent (Benjamin Norris), one of Paxton’s friends, compliments Eleanor on her performance in the play, calling her a “star” and “transcendent.” Sparks seemed to fly when he asks her to dance, and, despite calling her the wrong name, she dances with him. The two could make a great couple, especially in comparison to the guys she dated before. Kamala evades an arranged marriage proposal by dashing out of the house and to the school dance, where she meets English teacher Manish Kulkarni (Utkarsh Ambudkar). They seemed to hit it off when they met, and maybe her coming to the school’s event will push them closer together.

But where does this all leave Ben? Will he try and interfere with Devi’s relationship, break up with Aneesa, mourn his loss, or date someone else entirely? The promotional images don’t give us much to go on, as he and Devi appear to be having a friendly debate as always.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is back as Devi. If you’d like to watch more of her work while you wait, she voices Priya in the Pixar/Disney+ film Turning Red. Devi’s two best friends, Fabiola and Eleanor, are returning, with Lee Rodriguez and Ramona Young (Z Nation, Legends of Tomorrow) continuing in the roles, respectively. Darren Barnet (Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles) is coming back to portray Paxton, with Jaren Lewison reprising Ben. Based on the released promotional images, Poorna Jagannathan (The Out-laws) is back as Devi’s mother, Nalini, and Richa Moorjani will continue to play Devi’s cousin Kamala. Season 2 newcomer Megan Suri is also returning to play Aneesa. It’s expected that John McEnroe, the professional tennis player, will return as Devi’s narrator.

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Other cast members confirmed for the next season are Jack Seavor McDonald as Eric, the captain of the robotics team, and Benjamin Norris as Trent, one of Paxton’s friends. Though not confirmed, several characters should make repeat appearances. These include Niecy Nash as Devi’s therapist Dr. Jamie Ryan, Utkarsh Ambudkar as English teacher Manish Kulkarni, Ranjita Chakravarty as Devi’s grandmother, and Adam Shapiro as “Facing History” teacher Lyle Shapiro. Recurring cast members Dino Petrera as Jonah, Lily D. Moore as Rebecca, Christina Kartchner as Eve, and Dana G. Vaughns as Marcus are likely to appear in an episode or two, based on previous seasons.

One new cast member was announced in January by Deadline. Anirudh Pisharody is joining the cast as the recurring character Des. He’s described as “an Indian student who goes to an elite private school.”

Deadline confirmed that the new season will be available to stream on August 12, 2022.

Each season of Never Have I Ever has introduced another character’s narrator in addition to Devi’s. Season 1 introduced Ben’s narrator as Andy Samberg, while season 2 revealed Gigi Hadid as Paxton’s. It’s probable that another narrator will be revealed; the only question is who the voice will belong to. So far, those narrators have belonged to Devi’s love interests. If the new character Des ends up as a love interest, there’s the potential for the next narrator to be his. If he doesn’t become a love interest, perhaps another character’s partner, like Trent, could have their narrator divulged.

Until August rolls around, you can pick out who your narrator would be or rewatch the first two seasons to make sure everything is fresh in your mind when season 3 hits screens.

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