Circuit 3: College Films


Today kicks off the annual tradition of March Madness, one of the biggest events in collegiate sports. While I – like so many others – have undefeated Kentucky predicted to win it all in my pool, there always comes a bit of unpredictability with the famed college basketball tournament, so I’m hoping for a few major surprises (go Xavier and Ohio State!)

So this week’s Circuit 3 will ask you to name your favorite/best college themed films. They don’t have to include sports if you do not want, they just have to have college as a large part of the film’s setting.

It seems most college films fall into the comedy genre, with classics like Animal House, The Absent-Minded Professor, Legally Blonde, Real Genius, The Nutty Professor (both versions), Old School, Back to School, The Sure Thing, Revenge of the Nerds, The Waterboy, and Horse Feathers standing out among the best.

When a college film isn’t comedy, it’s almost always either sports themed or a drama. Rudy, Knute Rockne All-American, The Great Debaters, Good Will Hunting, Love Story, Wonder Boys, The Social Network, St. Elmo’s Fire, and A Beautiful Mind, are at the top of most lists.

So let’s hear what your three are, as well as who you picked to win March Madness and any upset picks you have going far in the tournament!

My Circuit 3 for College Films:

  1. Good Will Hunting
  2. The Social Network
  3. Animal House

What do you think?

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AC Fan

Written by Mark Johnson

Lover of all things film and Oscar. Fantasy sports’ equivalent of George Steinbrenner. Your very own Han Solo, making friends all over the movie-loving galaxy in spite of himself. When he’s not ranking just about everything or dominating boardgames, Mark is breaking down the Oscar race 24/7 with Rain Man-like stats and knowledge. In his downtime, you can find him commiserating with other Northeast Ohio sports fans because a hero isn’t complete without a little heartbreak. If Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Survivor are your style, then congratulations, you have something in common with this inglourious basterd.


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