BACK2SCHOOL: 10 Films to Celebrate @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian
Can you smell the pencils sharpening ✏️
Published August 21, 2023
📆 Friday, August 25th – Thursday, August 31st
⏰ Showtimes vary
📍 SIFF Cinema Egyptian: 805 E Pine St, Seattle
🎟️ Series pass $65 | $50 members | Individual tickets $14
It’s time to go BACK 2 SCHOOL, even if school is very much in your rearview mirror and you have no children! Embrace the season of re-academia with this series of classic (and soon-to-be classic) school films from SIFF—and some festive extras you can’t replicate with a DIY marathon on your couch.
This series of ten whole films (that’s just $5 to $6.50 a pop if you get a full pass!) is a solid tour through a couple of golden eras of teen movies: The 1980s cult years (Heathers, The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High) and Y2K precociousness (10 Things I Hate About You, Bring It On, School of Rock, Mean Girls). Booksmart (2019) postdates all of these by at least 15 years, but it’s a spiritual successor—if the rest of the films on the list make you feel cozy, Booksmart, which follows a couple of academic overachievers awkwardly trying to overachieve at partying, is just another blanket on the pile. BACK 2 COLLEGE content from Legally Blonde (1999) and School Daze (1988) is a welcome addition.
There will be a quiz (multiple quizzes, before each evening screening on opening weekend) and yearbook photo ops. Ada’s Technical Books will bring Scholastic Book Fair energy with a pop-up bookshop at the Egyptian on Sunday, August 27th. (And tickets are just $4 that day!)
Friday, August 25th @ 7 pm: School of Rock
Saturday, August 26th @ 1:30 pm: Mean Girls | 4 pm: Bring It On | 7 pm: Heathers
Sunday, August 27th @ 2 pm: Heathers | 5 pm: Legally Blonde | 7:30 pm: The Breakfast Club
Monday, August 28th @ 7 pm: School Daze
Tuesday, August 29th @ 7 pm: 10 Things I Hate About You
Wednesday, August 30th @ 7 pm: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Thursday, August 31st @ 4 pm: Heathers | 7 pm: Booksmart
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