— Posted by Alyssa
Whether you’re already there, looking forward to going, or thrilled that that time of your life is over, back to school season has arrived. Not all of us wear ironic “college” t-shirts and climb the social ladder. Just like not all of us study hard and have ambitions to be valedictorian. Whichever way you look at it, college is supposed to be the time where you figure out who you are and your place in this world. Instead of doing that, you should watch movies that star or have someone who said no way to a formal education. By no means am I saying you shouldn’t go to college, but hey, there’s some valid proof that being a dropout doesn’t mean you are a dunce.
The Dropout: Johnny Depp
The Movie: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I know I didn’t pick a Tim Burton matchup (and let’s be frank that shtick is getting really old) but this is a tripped out, hallucinatory movie directed by the one-and-only Terry Gilliam. It’s a head trip of a movie that is hard to forget, and as journalist Raoul Duke, Depp prances around the screen without a care in the world except drugs.
The Dropout: Ryan Gosling
The Movie: Half Nelson
That’s right, America’s heartthrob never completed high school! But who cares? Crazy Stupid Love is an honorable mention, but there’s nothing quite like this indie film for which Gosling was nominated for an Academy Award. As an inner-city teacher with a drug problem, Gosling turns in his best performance of all time, minus his trademark charm.
The Dropout: Al Pacino
The Movie: Scarface
Okay, Scarface is the quintessential overly quoted, overly adored by douchebags everywhere movie. However, there is a reason for that. Tony Montana is a money-grabbing, power-hungry Cuban with a machine gun and Pacino is perfect in the role. No matter how many times you watch the movie, there is always something in there to appreciate.
The Dropout: Robert De Niro
The Movie: Taxi Driver
Are you talking to me? If you are you should shut up and watch this Martin Scorsese directed classic instead. De Niro is in his prime playing Travis Bickle, a Vietnam veteran who has to moonlight as a cabbie in order to make ends meet. Mixing politics and inner turmoil, this movie is one that you really shouldn’t miss.
The Dropout: Robert Downey Jr.
The Movie: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
It’s no secret that Iron Man himself was very much into drugs in his early career. However, he was able to bounce back from all of that and is now enjoying a great moment in his career. This film, from director Shane Black, is a highly enjoyable oddball caper that also features Val Kilmer.
The Dropout: Seth Rogen
The Movie: 50/50
Rogen, known for countless stoner comedies, is at his lovable finest in this dramedy about cancer also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anna Kendrick. With his trademark laugh and ability to find the humor in every situation, Rogen is a likable actor who proves he has a little bit of range in this great film.
The Dropout: Nicolas Cage
The Movie: Lord of War
Raising Arizona has a special place in my heart for Cage’s Hawaiian-shirt wearing cuckoo-bird performance. As does Con Air since it is just lovable trash. But Lord of War is Cage’s finest film in that it has a clever story about an arms dealer who questions his morality, a great cast including Jared Leto, and a great visual style.