Commencement Cinema

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Commencement Cinema

Covid-19 has changed a lot of things over the past year. Especially graduations. Whether you’re graduating high school or college, Covid-19 has changed the way we celebrate academic achievements. Maybe you’re a high school student who sees graduating as your first mark of adulthood (I know I did!), or maybe you’re a college student who sees graduation as a start of a new chapter. Or maybe you’re a proud parent. Either way, we can still celebrate by watching films that remind students of their individual journeys at home! Below are a few films students and parents can watch together as this journey comes to an end. Note: Please review these films before deciding to watch them as a family. Some of these films deal with mature themes relating to teenagers and young adults.

 

 High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)

The ending of high school brings excitement, joy, pride, fear, and hard choices. Join the wildcats as they figure out who they are, what they want and where they’re going when they leave Eastside High forever. What will happen to Troy and Gabriella’s romance? Will Sharpay change her selfish ways? Will Chad and Troy continue their friendship? Find out in the final High School Musical film.
The Sun is Also a Star (2019)
Two teens meet on a normal day in New York City. One is the son of hard-working Asian Immigrants who is on his way to a college interview. The other is the daughter of Jamaican Immigrants facing immediate deportation. Can a romance blossom in the middle of a broken American Dream and College Expectations?
 
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
 
Ana Garcia is a big girl with big dreams. Wanting to go to college after high school, she ends up spending a few months working at her parents textile factory. After enduring harsh comments about her body from her mother, Ana decides to pursue her own version of success and happiness in this classic film.
The Last Summer (2019)
It’s the summer after high school graduation. A group of friends faces a long wave of heat and adventure. There’s Griffin, who got into a prestigious school but wants something more. Phoebe, who needs to win a documentary contest to afford college. Erin and Alec, high school sweethearts, decide to break up and see other people. Foster, a hard worker with a socially embarrassing secret. And Chad and Reece, former nerds who try to pass as twentysomethings. How will it all end? Find out as the summer comes to a close.
 
College Road Trip (2008)
Melanie Porter is a high school senior about to go off to college. Her overprotective father however, wants her to stay as close to home as possible. They take a weekend road trip to visit colleges. What starts off as a father-daughter trip turns into a hilarious, wacky adventure.
 
The Spectacular Now (2013)
Sutter Keely is a popular senior in High School who spends his days partying and drinking. He doesn’t give much thought to the future. After getting drunk one night, he wakes up on the lawn of Aimee Finicky, a levelheaded, introverted student in his senior class. What starts out as a friendship turns into a serious relationship that begins to change Sutter’s outlook on life and his future. Will he finally grow up and live in ‘The Spectacular Now’ or will he choose to stay in his irresponsible past?
 
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