In celebration of MTV’s 32nd anniversary, today’s Throwback Thursday is a list of my top 5 film picks made by MTV Films. See if your favorite made the cut!
MTV Films has produced its own share of hits-and-misses over the years, and while some of them are nothing short of cringeworthy (Jackass, anyone?) there are some that ultimately standout and become instant classics and favorites. Here are my personal Top 5:
5. Save the Last Dance (2001)
Save the Last Dance is a 2001 dance film that stars Julia Stiles as Sara Johnson, a young and promising dancer whose dream is to study at the prestigious Juilliard School and Sean Patrick Thomas as Derek Reynolds, an young man who hopes to leave the gang lifestyle behind and get into Georgetown Medical School.
4. Coach Carter (2005)
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Coach Carter is based on a true story of Richmond High Scholl basketball coach Ken Carter, who made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated high school basketball team due to poor academic results.
3. Election (1999)
This 1999 comedy film was adapted from Tom Perrotta’s 1998 novel of the same name, and stars Reese Witherspoon as the overachieving Tracy Flick, a junior student who hopes to become the student body president, and Matthew Broderick as Jim McAllister, a high school teacher in charge of the student elections who tries to stop Tracy from winning.
2. Freedom Writers (2007)
Based on the non-fiction book The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell and her group of students known as The Freedom Writers, this 2007 movie stars Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey.
1. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
A movie that has earned a cult following, Napoleon Dynamite stars Jon Heder as the titular character, a listless and alienated teenager who decides to help his new friend win the class presidency whilst dealing with his bizarre and dysfunctional family life back home.
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