5 Best College Movies for Class Nerds

Best College Nerd Movies

You cheered and were inspired by the sports movies that were set and filmed at colleges, but if you would rather crack a book than a knuckle, then sit back and relax for the best college movies that centered around the geniuses and bookworms of college campus nerds.

Best College Movies for Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

Revenge of the Nerds

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This comedy is formulaic, but still fun. In a fictional Adams College, a group of nerds is being bullied by – you guessed it – a group of jocks, specifically the fraternity Alpha Betas and sorority Pi Delta Pi.

Revenge of the Nerds is the best one to watch for its stereotypical portrayal of nerds, jocks, frats, and sororities. In the end, the nerds get to join a frat and compete in the Greek Games, where they ultimately win.

Without giving away too much, the story actually ends with a nerd speaking up about bullying and discrimination and how being a nerd is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s cheesy but it works.

Although there was no Adams College, the movie was filmed at the University of Arizona, Tucson, using the gym and frat houses for the shooting.

Real Genius (1985)

Real Genius college movie

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Starring Val Kilmer, this comedy is about a genius (Kilmer) forced to work with a new student. The story actually involves some weapons of mass destruction and the CIA, and professors taking credit for their students’ work (even if that work is actually nothing to be proud of).

Kilmer here portrays the genius who slacks and pulls pranks on students at Pacific Technical University, while his new partner is a fresh-faced, smart but naïve, student with a conscience.

The crew asked California Institute of Technology students about lasers prior to the filming. The Pacific Technical University is patterned after CalTech, and most of the scenes are filmed there.

Good Will Hunting (1997)

College Movie Good Will Hunting

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Starring best pals Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and award-winning late actor Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting revolves around Will Hunting (played by Damon), a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who, it turns out, is a genius gifted with mathematical mental facilities.

Hunting has untapped potential, and because of years of physical and emotional abuse, finds it difficult to deal with his relationships and his future, seeing as his anticipation of failure drives him to sabotage his own goals.

Matt Damon actually started the script for the film while he was in Harvard University. It was set to be a thriller, but was turned into a drama.

Most interior sets were filmed at the University of Toronto, but the crew was able to shoot (albeit limitedly) some scenes at Harvard due to the intervention of alumnus John Lithgow. Other exterior shots were of the Boston Bunker Hill Community College.

Accepted (2006)

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Another comedy, with a young Blake Lively and Justin Long, Accepted is about a bunch of students who had no luck getting accepted into the colleges of their choices.

Bartleby Gaines (Long) decides to create a fake college, South Harmon Institute of Technology instead.

Gaines is brilliant, though, and is able to make fake IDs and websites. With the help of his best friend who got accepted into Harmon College, and his other peers, Gaines makes South Hampton a reality – but only because the website he created became so popular among rejected applicants that Gaines realized he had to make a school or risk getting lynched by angry freshmen.

Gaines visits a real college, but was turned off by the traditional college education. He had his “students” design their own curriculum.

The school is eventually exposed as a fake by Harmon College, but Gaines gets the chance to apply for accreditation to the state’s education board. There, Gaines talks about the failures of traditional college education. His school gets one year probation to implement their curricula and academic programs.

Since Harmon is fictional, the crew filmed at Chapman University, California.

Social Network (2010)

Movie Social Network

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It’s the movie that pegged Jesse Eisenberg as the class nerd and adorable dork, playing currently rich and famous Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.

Zuckerberg, who had gone to Harvard, got dumped by his girlfriend. In his rage, he did what any rational human being should never do (or would never even think about doing): He created a new website called Facemash, hacked into the school’s database, and put up pictures of unaware girls and letting people rate their attractiveness.

After getting a probation, though, Zuckerberg gets invited to work for Harvard Connection, a dating site for the students. The online media genius gets an idea for a social network site for Ivy League schools. The Facebook founder encountered problems and lawsuits along the way.

Harvard didn’t allow filming on their campus, so the crew used preparatory schools in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Johns Hopkins University and Wheelock College stood in for Harvard.

Rob Clark
 

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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