Films to fill your freshers'

Our own Lucy Lillystone gives us her picks for the best fresher week movies.

Lucy Lillystone
23rd September 2019

It’s freshers’ week, you’ve all got the flu, and you’re not feeling ready for yet another hangover. We all know the feeling. Rather than spend more money you just don’t have, why not get to know your new flatmates a little bit more through a good ol’ classic film night? Here are some of the films that got me, and my flatmates, together snuggled up on the sofas in our pajamas during freshers’ week: 

Most rom-coms are cringey and if you’re living with guys, they most definitely will not want you to crack out another Ryan Gosling film. Trust me, as much as I love him, The Notebook is not freshers’ week material. However, Bridesmaids is. Filled with hilarious lines and actors, Bridesmaids is the Star Wars to a girl’s perfect movie night, and the boys, although they won’t want to admit, will secretly love it. Kristen Wiig balances both the humour and the seriousness, and this movie is perfect. Why even consider any other rom-com for movie night? 

There’s no doubt you’ll have a Potter fan in your mix. To find out, just whisper the name Harry Potter – or your overwhelming desire to emancipate house elves from their woeful servitude - and they’ll start screaming. Trust me, I am that person. Even so, if you’re looking for a set of films that will last you until the early hours with the right amount of action, plotline and nostalgia for a world of magic, these are the films. In addition, the Harry Potter films are also perfect for drinking games, and if you’re brave you can even attempt to make your own butterbeer. If Harry Potter is not your cup of tea, Lord of the Rings is another biggie that’ll keep you up until the early hours doing Gollum impressions. 

The Breakfast Club encapsulates the freshers' experience

Get the popcorn ready as for those who can’t get enough of a scary film, The Silence of the Lambs alongside Seven and Saw are perfect for a freshers’ movie night – if you can stomach the popcorn through all the gore. With suspenseful thrilling scenes, you and your flatmates will all be on the edge of the sofas. Watch out, though, as there’ll definitely be someone among you that will come up behind you and scare the shit out of you when you’re least expecting it! 

Can’t handle horror? I don’t blame you. If you want something that everyone can stomach, The Breakfast Club is a classic golden oldie that, by the law of film, must be watched and re-watched regularly. Portraying students from different styles of life come together to form new friendships, it encapsulates everything you as freshers will be going through as you’re meeting new flatmates and new coursemates. Also, nothing is going to beat that soundtrack. Every single song is a banger.  

Is it really a flat movie night if you don’t have a good comedy in there that gets everyone laughing together? What better than American Pie? In its hilarious exploration of growing up, losing your virginity and simply trying to live your life, a lot of freshers will relate to this film. I love American Pie so much that I’ve seen it I don’t know how many times and I can quote almost the entire thing. It’s the perfect movie to get everyone having fun and giggling away together after all the exhaustion of your first week at university. 

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AUTHOR: Lucy Lillystone
English Language and Literature graduate, writer and Film Editor 2019/20. Passionate about film, TV and books. 99.9% of my articles are me crying, emotional over my love for my favourite characters. Twitter: @lucylillystone_

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