The other week, hubby and I were watching “I Love You, Beth Cooper.” He said, “Man, my graduation night was not that exciting.”
Which made me start thinking about other grad night movies/scenes. How realistic are they?
- For those of you who haven’t seen Beth Cooper, the basic premise is this:
Nerdy, nice guy is giving his valedictorian speech, knows it’s his last shot to get hot cheerleader Beth’s attention, so as he’s rambling about things that they all wished they’d said those last four years, he declares:
I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER!
Her crazy boyfriend is not happy, he and his friends chase Nerdy and his bff around, Beth and her friends help out the latter, hi-jinks ensue.
Lesson learned: Making a bizarre declaration of love will always charm the girl*
- Moving on to another grad night movie:
Ethan Embry plays an every guy who is obsessed with hot girl Amanda b/c she likes Pop-tarts. He hears Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” on the radio and takes it as a sign he should profess his undying love. Meanwhile Seth Green (dressed as Gizmo from DC Comics) and some chick get locked in a bathroom together. Lots of hi-jinks.
Lesson learned: Pretty much the same as above*
- Finally, Dazed and Confused
Set in the 70s, everyone drives around, hangs out, drinks, smokes pot. My husband refers to Mitch as “my brother” since he swears we make the same facial expressions. There’s a dick named O’Bannion, a stoned-as-shit Slater, and Wooderson, that guy who is WAY too old to be hanging around with high schoolers.**
Lesson learned: The 70s were awesome
Now that I’ve gone over the fictional universe, how do these movies compare to real-life?
Well…I’ve been out of school for almost 15 years, so my memory isn’t the greatest. I’m sure I went to a party that night. It was probably most like Dazed and Confused. No one made any declarations of love. Mostly we just hung out.
Either hanging out is universal or my little town is 20 years behind in the times.
So what about you all? Any favorite graduation-themed movies or scenes?
*More about this next week when I study the teen movie phenomenon of the every guy winning over the hot girl.
**Admit it, we all knew at least one of these types in school.