Who needs good grades when you can impress your friends and family by quoting movies instead? Not me, that’s for sure. Throwing those textbooks out the window does present a sticky situation, though… so many movies, so little time. Luckily, I’m here to break it down for you by presenting the best 5 movies to watch instead of studying.
5. When Harry Met Sally.
Seriously, who doesn’t love this movie? I bet it was a super-smash hit when it first came out, but it’s now a super-smash source of entertainment that’s run on cable all the time. As we all know, free movies are better than costly movies, so record this one and pop it in anytime you feel kinda sorta like NOT doing that physics assignment.
4. 10 Things I Hate About You.
A Heath Ledger tribute is always justified, and this movie is a great excuse to do one right. It’s also a good party movie because almost everyone likes it, and even some guys can be coerced into watching it.
3. Anything Alfred Hitchcock.
I know what you’re thinking — “Alfred Hitchcock? WTF?!” — but bear with me here. Watching Alfred Hitchcock movies is almost like studying because you can’t help but notice the creative camera angles, classy cinematography, and complex storylines. If you feel guilty about not doing your work, Alfie’s your guy.
2. The Godfather.
Talk about a classic. It’s not the kind of movie you want to watch over and over again, but you can definitely round up a few people, have some great pizza, and avoid writing papers by watching this instead.
1. Bridget Jones’s Diary.
Back when I was single, I used to watch this movie literally every week. I wish I was kidding, but I am just that pathetic. The compulsion to watch it fades if you’re in a relationship, but I still pull the thing out for old times’ sake every once in a while. This is the classic, gold standard of movie-watching, and I think I can safely say that watching Bridget Jones’s Diary is always a better use of your time than studying.
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