The Best Movies About Going Back To School As An Adult

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Vote up your favorite movies where characters go back to grade school and high school.

Going back to high school is not something most of us would ever want to do but these movies imagine what it would be like to go as an adult. The classic comedy, Billy Madison has Adam Sandler returning to school in order to take over his father's lucrative chain of hotels. 17 Again has Mathew Perry transform himself back into a teenager and return to high school where he has a chance to correct past mistakes. Most of these films show what a nightmare high school can be but they are all hilarious for the audience. Now it's time to determine which one of these is the best movie about returning to school.

Vote up your favorite movies about going back to school as an adult and vote down any that you think other fans should skip. Be sure to check back as new movies about going back to high school are added to the list once they are released.


  • Billy Madison
    Photo: Universal Pictures

    Alongside Happy Gilmore, this 1995 comedy is ranked among Adam Sandler's best comedic performances. It brought home over $26 million from the box office and gave us such quotable lines as “Of course I peed my pants! Everyone my age pees their pants; it's the coolest!”

     

    Man-child Billy Madison (Adam Sandler) has been a spoiled rich kid all his life, and spends his days drinking and partying. When his father, hotel magnate Brian (Darren McGavin), becomes fed up with his son's irresponsible ways, he issues an ultimatum. Since Billy passed all his schooling thanks to his father's influence and bribes, he must retake and pass every grade in 24 weeks. Otherwise, the business will be turned over to Brian's conniving associate, Eric (Bradley Whitford).
    • Actors: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Bradley Whitford, Josh Mostel
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Tamra Davis

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  • Never Been Kissed
    Photo: 20th Century Fox

    Drew Barrymore broke everyone's heart when she introduced us to “Josie Grossy” in this 1999 romcom classic. Sure some of its tropes seem cliché now (and even a bit problematic– looking at you Sam Coulson), but Never Been Kissed invented so many of the conventions that made '00s teen movie so unique. There's a reason this movie continues to be referenced to this day.

     

    Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a baby-faced junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, must pose as a student at her former high school to research contemporary teenage culture. With the help of her brother, Rob (David Arquette), Josie infiltrates the inner circle of the most popular clique on campus. But she hits a major snag in her investigation -- not to mention her own failed love life -- when she falls for her dreamy English teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan).
    • Actors: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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  • Senior Year
    Photo: Senior Year / Netflix

    Apparently Rebel Wilson's first order of business after a total body transformation was to go back to high school. Taking cues from her time in the Pitch Perfect franchise and on her rom-com Isn't It Romantic, Wilson handles the social gaffs one would experience going back to high school with comedic precision. Sam Richardson rounds out the film with an endearing performance as her guide to adulthood.

     

    A high-school cheerleader falls into a coma before her prom. Twenty years later, she awakens and wants to return to high school to reclaim her status and become prom queen.
    • Actors: Rebel Wilson, Zoe Chao, Sam Richardson, Mary Holland, Justin Hartley
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Alex Hardcastle
  • 21 Jump Street
    Photo: Columbia Pictures / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    This comedic take on the 1980s classic TV show was a surprise hit when it was released in 2012. Making over $200 million at the box office and establishing the careers of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, 21 Jump Street's legacy, all these years later is evident. Brie Larson and Dave Franco cut their teeth on this action-comedy while Ice Cube, Rob Riggle, Nick Offerman, Jake Johnson, and Ellie Kemper round out the phenomenal cast.

     

    When cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) join the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go under cover as high-school students. They trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, and set out to shut down a dangerous drug ring. But, as time goes on, Schmidt and Jenko discover that high school is nothing like it was just a few years earlier -- and, what's more, they must again confront the teenage terror and anxiety they thought they had left behind.
    • Actors: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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