Back-to-School Movies

From Harry, Ron, and Hermione's magic classes at Hogwarts to the high school travails of Napoleon Dynamite, school has been the setting for some of America's most popular movies. Before summer's over and the anxiety of the first day of school takes hold, enjoy one of these movies with your kids. Bring the season in with a laugh, some cheers, or even a tug at the old heartstrings.

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Short, fact-filled animated version of popular kids' book.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Classic, clever, kitschy songs that teach.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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Fast, fresh, funny and entertaining for all.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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First Potter movie is a magical ride but also intense.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Inspiring drama about a champion speller; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Mother-daughter switch is fun comedic chaos.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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High School magic strikes again.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Enchanting dance documentary hits all the right beats.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Offbeat dark fantasy gem is intense, sometimes scary.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Cartoony high school superhero drama; OK for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Adorable comedy about middle-school anxieties...and farts.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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A music teacher inspires his students.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Standout Jack Black in nerds-become-cool comedy.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Despite language, iffy behavior, this is a comedy classic.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Terminator meets Mother Goose; lots of violence, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1990)
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Inspiring, intense story of a teacher and his students.
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(Release Year: 1989)
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A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Math teacher inspires in powerful fact-based drama.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Sydney Poitier at his best; teens and up.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Classic '80s comedy has lots of profanity, innuendo.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Charming, funny take on Jane Austen's Emma.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Mature but often-hilarious teen comedy.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Stirring movie may be too heavy for some tweens.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Classic '80s teen movie has mature themes, profanity.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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Dark high school comedy is best for older teens.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Very politically incorrect; funny for many adults.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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