The Roommate, we here at MRQE thought we would compile a list of our favorite scary college films. We then discovered that there actually are no “best” scary college films, other than maybe Scream 2 or Urban Legend. Most films about college are over-worked, not funny, and far too cliche. So how about college roommate films? Almost everyone has had an infamous college roommate, or two. And those that have, know just how many stories and tales we could blackmail each other with. From late night rendezvous and hugging the porcelain, to despicable walks of shame, college roommates hide these moments, along with their drinking caps, far off in some closet corner never to be spoken of again. But in cinema, surely there must be a few great college movies to explore this life, and these are the ones we truly love below.
10. The House Bunny (2008) - MRQE Metric: 52
9. PCU (1994) - MRQE Metric: n/a
8. Old School (2003) - MRQE Metric: 56
Old School is, hands-down, a hilarious film. Super laugh-out-loud funny, we all wish we could do this in our thirties–head back to school and start a fraternity, simply to party. Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell play the frat boy role exceptionally well, and the way their humor bounces off each other is what makes this film really memorable.
7. Back to School (1986) - MRQE Metric: n/a
6. Animal House (1978) - MRQE Metric: 68
5. Revenge of the Nerds (1984) - MRQE Metric: 69
4. Real Genius (1985) - MRQE Metric: 73
3. The Paper Chase (1973) - MRQE Metric: n/a
The Paper Chase is a 1973 film about first year law students living together, and their basic academia struggles. The plot turns as the main character James T. Hart (Timothy Bottoms) discovers that he is dating the daughter of his strict, stern, and challenging professor, of whom seems out to ruin his life. The tagline of this film sums of this Harvard student’s most challenging decision: "You have to choose between the girl you love and the diploma you've worked for all your life. You have 30 seconds." The film was later turned into a moderately successful TV show.
2. A Beautiful Mind (2001) - MRQE Metric: 81
Van Wilder or the mischief of How High, but it does give an exceptional glimpse into the life of a profound mathematical genius and his struggle with those he “lives with.”
1. The Social Network (2010) - MRQE Metric: 86