Movie Recommendation for Students

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A fellow student (also a friend) asked me about what movies she should watch to get him out of a rut, so she wants movies related to academics. I first thought of `Good Will Hunting` and `A Beautiful Mind`.

Although I like both movies, Nash was genetically gifted and Will (who probably is a fictional character) was also gifted. I was wondering if there are any movies which students must watch but which depends upon people working hard and getting places rather than being super smart.

You are welcome to name movies which belong to either categories, but please mention which ones are which. Again, I don't want these movies, but my friend does (to anyone spying one me).

Thanks to everyone who replies! You have been of some help today🤝
 

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Hidden Figures, Apollo 13,, but movies don't have to be about academics/science to be inspiring/motivational for a student to "get one out of a rut". Maybe an inspirational distraction? Gladiator?
 
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I like to say that I use music to influence my autonomic nervous system in the absence of an education as a Tibetan monk. The same holds true for movies. A friend of mine once spoke about her movie category "mommy movies". She meant romantic movies like "Sleepless in Seattle".

I think music is more direct than movies. And you have to be careful! Both can easily backfire!
 
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russ_watters said:
Hidden Figures, Apollo 13,, but movies don't have to be about academics/science to be inspiring/motivational for a student to "get one out of a rut". Maybe an inspirational distraction? Gladiator?
I apologize, it would be better if it's about academics :'(
sorry, I will edit the question right away
 
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I would recommend "The Paper Chase" (1973). It is about a first-year Harvard Law student and a demanding professor.

 
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Give a man a fish ...
haha... of c, thank you!
 
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Are we talking undergraduate or graduate student? If the latter, try 'The PHD Movie' (Cham, 2011). Although I'm sure undergrads can relate too. It's a sort of slice-of-life comedy/drama about life in academia. Very indie, very down to earth, with many pointed observations about its subject. It's a spin off of the Piled Higher and Deeper online comic, with many of the same characters and adapted humour.
The main theme is something like: 'doing a phd sucks, but we still wouldn't want to be anywhere else'. Might be just what your friend needs.
Hell if I know where to find it these days, though.
 
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Believe it or not, "Legally Blonde" is not all that bad of a movie (I was surprised). It fits the academic checkbox motivation-wise at least.
 
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"Stand and Deliver" is an inspirational movie about an aerospace engineer who quits to teach math in an inner city school district and produces classes full of
AP scholars. It's based on a true story (I remember reading about his class in the LA Times back when.
 
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Slimy0233 said:
I was wondering if there are any movies which students must watch but which depends upon people working hard and getting places rather than being super smart.
The Painted Veil

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446755/

This movie is about a scientifically trained person who is dedicated to understanding and stopping a cholera epidemic. There is no stuff about his intellectual talents but just about his unflinching moral commitment, hard work, and ingenuity. This is a good example because he applies science for good without being a genius.
 
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A fellow student (also a friend) asked me about what movies she should watch to get him out of a rut, so she wants movies related to academics. I first thought of `Good Will Hunting` and `A Beautiful Mind`.

Although I like both movies, Nash was genetically gifted and Will (who probably is a fictional character) was also gifted. I was wondering if there are any movies which students must watch but which depends upon people working hard and getting places rather than being super smart.

You are welcome to name movies which belong to either categories, but please mention which ones are which. Again, I don't want these movies, but my friend does (to anyone spying one me).

Thanks to everyone who replies! You have been of some help today🤝
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Figures

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Sky

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity_(1996_film)
 
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Slimy0233 said:
A fellow student (also a friend) asked me about what movies she should watch to get him out of a rut, so she wants movies related to academics. I first thought of `Good Will Hunting` and `A Beautiful Mind`.

Although I like both movies, Nash was genetically gifted and Will (who probably is a fictional character) was also gifted. I was wondering if there are any movies which students must watch but which depends upon people working hard and getting places rather than being super smart.

You are welcome to name movies which belong to either categories, but please mention which ones are which. Again, I don't want these movies, but my friend does (to anyone spying one me).

Thanks to everyone who replies! You have been of some help today🤝
A bit sloppy but I still liked it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gifted_(2017_film)
 
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Slimy0233 said:
A fellow student (also a friend) asked me about what movies she should watch to get him out of a rut, so she wants movies related to academics. I first thought of `Good Will Hunting` and `A Beautiful Mind`.

Although I like both movies, Nash was genetically gifted and Will (who probably is a fictional character) was also gifted. I was wondering if there are any movies which students must watch but which depends upon people working hard and getting places rather than being super smart.

You are welcome to name movies which belong to either categories, but please mention which ones are which. Again, I don't want these movies, but my friend does (to anyone spying one me).

Thanks to everyone who replies! You have been of some help today🤝
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117333/

I thought this was a great film too.
 
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Related to Movie Recommendation for Students

What factors should be considered when recommending movies to students?

When recommending movies to students, consider factors such as age appropriateness, educational value, genre preferences, cultural diversity, and the potential to stimulate critical thinking and discussion. It's also important to consider the students' interests and the relevance of the movie to their current studies or extracurricular activities.

Are there specific genres of movies that are more suitable for students?

Yes, certain genres tend to be more suitable for students, including educational documentaries, historical dramas, science fiction that explores ethical dilemmas, and animated films with positive messages. These genres can provide both entertainment and educational value, making them ideal for student audiences.

How can movies be used as educational tools in the classroom?

Movies can be used as educational tools by providing visual and narrative context to subjects being studied, sparking discussions and debates, enhancing cultural understanding, and encouraging critical thinking. Teachers can use movies to illustrate complex concepts, introduce new topics, or provide a break from traditional teaching methods while still offering educational content.

What are some recommended movies for high school students?

Recommended movies for high school students include "Dead Poets Society" for its themes of individuality and critical thinking, "The Pursuit of Happyness" for lessons on perseverance and determination, "Hidden Figures" for its historical significance and portrayal of overcoming adversity, "Good Will Hunting" for its exploration of intellectual potential and personal growth, and "The Social Network" for its insights into entrepreneurship and the digital age.

How can students be encouraged to critically analyze movies?

Students can be encouraged to critically analyze movies by prompting them with questions about the film's themes, characters, and plot. Teachers can facilitate discussions on the director's choices, the historical and cultural context of the movie, and its relevance to current events or personal experiences. Assignments such as writing reviews, comparing and contrasting with other films or literature, and researching the real-life events or issues depicted in the movie can also foster critical analysis skills.

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