If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already seen (and liked) Rebel Wilson’s hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt Netflix movie schedule entry for 2022, senior year. If you’re not, stop reading, make the movie, and then come back. But if you’ve already seen the movie, stay tuned because we’re about to hit you with a bunch of movies like senior year which have one, two, or an infinite number of things in common with the comedy about a 37-year-old woman who wakes up from a 20-year coma and deals with unfinished business at her high school.
From movies like that Pitch perfect From franchises that highlight Wilson’s impeccable comedic timing to classic ’90s teen comedies that perfectly capture the high school experience, and pretty much everything in between, there’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s get this party started.
Mean Girls (2004)
Shortly after Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) returns to the United States and enrolls in her first traditional high school, she is taken in by a popular group of girls known at school as “The Plastics” and their vengeful leader Regina George (Rachel McAdams). But to be part of the group, Cady is forced to distance herself from everything she’s known, including her friends, her academics, and even her own personality.
Although there are no characters who return to high school as adults (although it wouldn’t be out of place for Amy Poehler’s character), mean girls has a few things in common with senior year. Just like Stephanie Conway in the Netflix film, Cady becomes everything she once hated to be considered part of the cool kids on campus and loses almost everything in her quest for popularity.
Stream Mean Girls on Paramount+.
Rent/buy Mean Girls on Amazon.
Never Kissed (1999)
Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, is tasked with better understanding teenage culture in the closing years of the 20th century and goes undercover as a high school student. And the whole situation only gets more out of hand from there.
If you were a fan of senior year and the way an adult went back to school as a student, then the 1999 romantic comedy, unkissed, is worth seeing. Sure, Josie Geller isn’t a 37-year-old with the mindset of a high school senior, but it again has a great message about the importance of staying true to yourself, no matter what the popular crowd thinks of you.
Stream Never Kissed on Disney+.
Rent/buy Never Been Kissed on Amazon.
Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) is the queen of queens at her Beverly Hills high school, but she finds herself in a rather difficult situation after taking newcomer Tai Frasier (Brittany Murphy) under her wing and accidentally making her the most popular woman made school for the world. Cher is no longer at the top of the social ladder and is forced to reassess her priorities and outlook on life.
There are constant reminders of the effects of clueless through senior year, including posters on Stephanie Conway’s walls and the amazing cameo by Alicia Silverstone, but it also goes a little deeper. Both movies do a great job of showing what happens when the most popular girl in school realizes she’s not the coolest kid in the world anymore.
Stream Clueless on HBO Max.
Rent/buy Clueless at Amazon.
The Pitch Perfect Movies (2012 – 2017)
Serial outcast Beca Mitchell (Anna Kendrick) finds both herself and a new group of friends when she joins the a cappella group called The Bellas at Barden University and learns that you don’t have everything in common with someone must in order to be a friend for life.
Not only the Pitch perfect Movies showcase some of Rebel Wilson’s best performances, and they’re also incredibly fun to watch, even if you’re not thinking about the a cappella life. Over the course of three films, The Bellas grow from a ragtag group of college girls into one of cinema’s most successful musical groups, and they’re having fun the whole time.
Rent/Buy Pitch Perfect on Amazon.
Rent/Buy Pitch Perfect 2 on Amazon.
Rent/Buy Pitch Perfect 3 on Amazon.
Simply A (2010)
Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) goes from being a relatively unknown teenager to becoming the most talked about girl at her high school after her rival overhears her lying about losing her virginity and the gossip circulates throughout the school spread. But fame isn’t all that matters.
As senior yearthe teen comedy of 2010, simply A, follows a teenage girl who has made herself one of the most popular names at her high school and inevitably has to come to terms with the monster she created. And bonus points for the supportive dads – Chris Parnell on it senior yearStanley Tucci in Simply A – in these two films
Stream Easy A on Hulu.
Rent/buy Easy A on Amazon.
21 Jump Street (2012)
Police officers Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) are given their toughest assignment yet: shut down a drug operation by working undercover as two high school students. What could go wrong? Spoilers: everything!
It’s not hard to see similarities between the surprisingly funny ones 21 Jump Street and senior year, especially given how well each film tackles how the vast disparities in the high school experience (and popularity in general) have changed over the years. What was once cool and hip is no longer a loner for these characters as they go back to school after all these years.
Stream 21 Jump Street on AMC+ (Amazon Add-On)
Rent/buy 21 Jump Street on Amazon.
13 Continues 30 (2004)
Jenna Rink (Christa B. Allen) wishes she was “30, flirty and successful” after her 13th birthday party ends in disaster and wakes up the next morning to find herself in the body of a 30-year-old fashion magazine editor (Jennifer Garner), who lives in New York City with no memory of the intervening years. But as the saying goes: In the timeless comedy, the grass is always greener on the other side 13 next 30…
There are many things there 13 next 30 and senior year have in common, including both films’ obvious angle, which focuses on young girls waking up as grown women. But on top of that, both films have great stories about the male best friend who was secretly in love with the main character the whole time, which creates an incredibly funny dynamic.
Stream 13 goes to 30 on Peacock.
Rent/buy 13 Going on 30 at Amazon.
She’s Everything (1999)
After being dumped by his girlfriend and future prom queen, Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) falls down the social ladder at his high school. In Zach’s moment of defeat, one of his friends challenges him to make Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook), a tortured artist and outcast, the most popular girl in school.
She is everything, co-written by M. Night Shyamalan of all people, masterfully captures the essence of popularity, high school, and the absurdity of striving to make someone prom queen. And let’s not forget the incredible She is everything to water.
Stream She’s All That on HBO Max.
Rent/buy She’s All That on Amazon.
17 Again (2009)
Things are going so well for 37-year-old Mike O’Donnell (Matthew Perry), but his luck changes when he is magically transformed back into a 17-year-old version of himself (Zac Efron) and given a second chance at the high school experience.
Although again 17 takes a fantasy route rather than senior yearBoth films follow characters who are given a second chance at life to right the wrongs of their past in hopes of creating a better tomorrow.
Stream 17 Again on HBO Max.
Rent/Buy 17 again on Amazon.
Ain’t It Romantic (2019)
After being knocked unconscious in a robbery, Natalie (Rebel Wilson) wakes up in an alternate reality where she’s the focus of a great romantic comedy, with all the trappings of a genre this New York architect despises with all her heart.
If you were a fan of Rebel Wilson’s appearance in senior yearthen you should definitely watch the romantic comedy 2019, Isn’t it romantic?. It has all the laughs, charm and heart of the 2022 film, plus a great supporting cast that includes Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine, Priyanka Chopra and Brandon Scott Jones (who was also in the film senior year to water).
Renting/buying it’s not romantic on Amazon.
Austin Powers International Man of Mystery (1997)
After his nemesis Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) was cryogenically frozen in the late 1960s, Austin Powers (Mike Myers) follows suit, hoping to one day in the future face off against his old adversary again. When that day finally comes, the international man of mystery is out of touch with the then-modern 1990s world.
OK, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is not the first movie that comes to mind when looking for something to watch after the ending senior year, but both comedies have a main character who is no longer in tune with the world around them. And just like the Netflix film, this 1997 comedy starring one of Mike Myers’ most memorable characters is full of big laughs.
Rent/Buy Austin Powers International Man of Mystery on Amazon.
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