Thursday, September 06, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks: The New Kid at School
For the 36th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. The subject is on something that I’m sure a lot of people can relate to which is being the new kid at school. A theme that has inspired all kinds of films whether it’s comedy, drama, or something else. Here are my three picks:
1. Rebel Without a Cause
The film that defined teenage rebellion as well as being iconic in a lot of ways is Nicholas Ray’s film about a young man who feels like he can’t do anything right no matter where he is. As the new kid in school, he’s not sure what kind of trouble he would encounter yet it always seems to follow him as he pisses off some gang leader while wooing the gang leader’s girlfriend and befriending another student who has a crush on him. There’s a reason why it’s a film that still resonates with audiences today while there is still no one as cool as James Dean.
2. The Karate Kid
The 1980s classic that definitely became a favorite for anyone who grew up during those times and learn karate through cleaning cars, painting houses, and all sorts of chores. For anyone that had seen the recent YouTube spin-off in Cobra Kai would definitely get a different perspective of what the film is really about. We have guy who is about to become a senior and wants to do good despite the fact that he broke up his girlfriend but wants to get back with her. Instead, some punk kid from Jersey who is the new kid in school steal that guy’s girl and get into his business while causing all sorts of trouble. Especially in ruining that guy’s marijuana joint. That’s right folks, Daniel LaRusso is the villain and John Lawrence is actually the good guy.
3. Class Act
What happens when a notorious juvenile runs into a top-ranked academic student at a new school where they’re both the new kids in school? Well, some strange shit happens during a scuffle as their pictures get switched into each other’s files as the juvenile is put into smart classes while the academic nerd is with kids who are likely not to have a future. Starring Kid n’ Play, it’s one of the more underrated films of the 1990s where the nerd learns to embrace athletics, hip-hop, women, and taking matters into his hands while the juvenile realizes he has a lot to more to offer with his street smarts and broaden his horizons. Add a hilarious Pauly Shore cameo and you got yourself a film that is just fun.
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