Genre Grandeur February Finale – Top 5 College Movies – Agent Palmer

For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – College Based Films. here’s a top 5 films of the genre by Jason.

In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap:

  1. The Strange One (1957) – David
  2. Mary and the Witches Flower (2017) – Paul
  3. Night of the Creeps (1986) – David
  4. Road Trip (2000) – Darren
  5. Rudy (1993) – J-Dub
  6. Black Christmas (1974) – David
  7. Up the Creek (1983) – Rob
  8. Shirkers (2018) – Paul
  9. Flying Colors (2015) – Sally
  10. if… (1968) – David
  11. Midnight Madness (1980) – Rob
  12. Confessions (2010) – Paul
  13. Yasujiro Ozu Student ComediesDavid
  14. American Animals (2018) – Paul
  15. The Social Network (2010) – Rob
  16. Happy Death Day (2017) – Darren
  17. Top 5 College Films – Jason

In addition, I watched 6 movies in my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, none of those films will now be considered among my favorites in the genre.

  1. The Paper Chase (1973)
  2. How I Got Into College (1989)
  3. Real Genius (1985)
  4. The Freshman (1990)
  5. Slackers (2002)
  6. Waterboy, The (1998)

Thanks again to Jason Stershic of Agent Palmer for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar nominated/winning Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see what Jason thought of this genre


Genre Guesstimation: College Themed Movies by Agent Palmer


I chose this theme because let’s be honest, most college movies are about finding yourself, and as a person decades removed from college, these movies still resonate because we never stop looking to find ourselves.

As such, these are still relevant in some regard to everyone, whether you went to college or not, whether you are in college, heading there shortly, or are decades removed.

These may not be the best five college movies, but these are my current top 5 college movies! Now, I have written a top 10 college movies post for the (no longer) Reasons Are Several podcast, but that list was crafted years ago, and while the movies are still the same, sometimes the order does change.

  1. Horse Feathers. If there exists a list of movies and the Marx Brothers can be included in that list, they must be included in that list. And of course, Horse Feathers is where we get “Whatever it is, I’m against it” a refrain Groucho used in many other contexts, but for the silver screen, this was its first iteration!
  2. Accepted. On my podcast, The Palmer Files I often remark that I learned more out of the college classroom than I did in it. This may be why Lewis Black’s rant as the Dean about college speaks to me on such a level because it wasn’t just a rant in a movie, it was really the truth I lived. “You know a lot of people say that college is a time when young men and women expand the way that they look at their world when they open their mind to new ideas and experiences and when they begin that long journey from the innocence of youth, to the responsibilities of Adulthood… now isn’t that a load of horse shit! AHAHAHAHA!”
  3. Animal House. Yes, Horse Feathers predates Animal House by a wide margin, but for many other iterations of the College Movie, Animal House set the standard. It is the film that broke the mold and yet created a genre that would be copied generation after generation. You can’t make a list like this without including it, or the list is null.
  4. PCU. I have a soft spot for PCU because while I’m not technically Generation X, this is Generation X’s Animal House and it’s much more relatable to the experience I actually had on campus than Animal House. Every generation gets its own, and this was Generation X’s and it’s dated, and yet it becomes more and less of a meme every year since its release in 1994
  5. Real Genius. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, regardless of genre. So for me, personally, it was a “moral imperative” to have this top the list.

That’s it. That’s the list. Compare it with what MovieRob and you come up with and let me know what you think. There’s plenty out there to choose from, and I’m aware some classics didn’t make my cut. But did they make yours? Where do we differ? Where are we the same?

[Jason Stershic, aka, Agent Palmer is a blogger and podcaster. is where you can read what he writes and is where you can listen to his long-form conversations with interesting people on a variety of topics. Scroll through the blog or podcast and you’ll find something you’ll like.]

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