We take a look at movies that centre on the best time of our lives (allegedly)… Our college years.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is released in Irish cinemas this week. A prequel to Monsters, Inc the film tells the story of Mike and Sulley and how they came to know one another and become the best scarers in Monstropolis. This college caper inspired us to take a look back at some of the best college movies…


When Mitch (Luke Wilson) buys a house near a college campus, his friend Bernard (Vince Vaughn) throws a massive party to help Mitch forget his recent break up. The party is a huge success and it is not long before Mitch’s house becomes a Fraternity House, open to anyone. Of course, wildness ensues before the men realise that their college days should be well and truly behind them.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “You’re my boy, Blue!”


After her boyfriend dumps her, Elle (Reese Witherspoon) decides to win him back by enrolling in Harvard to study Law; the self same college that her ex, Warner (Matthew Davis) is attending. Once there, however, Elle learns that she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined, and Warner may not be the man of her dreams after all.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “Last week I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal, and I talked her out of buying this truly heinous angora sweater. Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed”


Will Hunting (Matt Damon) has a genius level intellect, but chooses to work as a janitor in a Massachusetts college. When Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) posts a difficult equation for his graduate students to solve, only Will manages to answer the puzzle. When his talent is discovered, so are dark secrets that Will must come to terms with before he can realise his potential.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “See you Monday. We’ll be talking about Freud and why he did enough cocaine to kill a small horse”


THE SOCIAL NETWORK looks behind the scenes of Facebook and it’s creation in a college dorm room by the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer) and Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg). The film follows the highs and lows of the company; culminating in lawsuits against Zuckerberg and Facebook finally being opened to the public.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “Drop the “The.” Just “Facebook.” It’s cleaner”


Based on articles published in National Lampoon, the film tells the story of a University Dean who wants to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity for low academic standing and general shenanigans. When the Deltas discover the Dean’s plot, they decide to take revenge by stealing his car to use as a parade float and wreak havoc on the Homecoming Parade.
MEMORABLE QUOTE: “The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me”

What is your favourite college movie? Are you a fan of WONDER BOYS? Or perhaps it is THE WAY WE WERE that brings back nostalgic memories? There are many great college movies, let us know the ones you love in the comments below.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY is in Irish cinemas from July 12th

Words: Brogen Hayes