Most college movies are aimed at the college crowd, which means they contain plenty of R-rated content like nudity, strong language, and heavy partying.
However, college isn't all about sex and beer kegs, and once in awhile a film will feature a higher education story that people of all ages can enjoy, like Pixar's newest movie "Monsters University."
In honor of "MU" -- which just had a big weekend at the box office -- we've selected nine more college flicks that are OK for kids to check out.
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- ‘Teen Wolf Too’ (1987)
A monster goes to college. In this “Teen Wolf” sequel, the werewolf -- played by a young Jason Bateman -- gets a full athletic scholarship to Howard University solely because he’s the cousin of the first film’s basketball hero. However, the sport here is boxing, and as expected, this teen wolf is a natural in the ring once he begins to “wolf-out.”
- ‘Midnight Madness’ (1980)
Another game-based college comedy, this Disney movie features a clue-driven race around Los Angeles between teams of student stereotypes, including jocks, nerds, and sorority sisters. Michael J. Fox made his film debut here as the one non-college-aged member of the yellow team, which is the good guy group. Their main rival is the blue team, which is made up of cheaters, including college movie staple Stephen Furst (“Animal House”; “Up the Creek”).
- ‘First Daughter’ (2004)
This was the second movie in 2004 about a President’s daughter, after “Chasing Liberty.” That one followed the First Daughter on a European trip, while this centered on the character leaving the White House for her first year at a California college. Katie Holmes stars as the famous student, who hates having the Secret Service watching over her every move. Then she actually falls for one of the agents assigned to her, not knowing that the guy is undercover posing as a classmate.
- ‘The Prince and Me’ (2004)
A college-set romantic comedy with an undercover male student, “The Prince and Me” stars Julia Stiles as a pre-med student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who befriends and later falls for a Danish boy who secretly happens to be a prince. Aside from the reason this royal teen chooses to come to America -- he sees an ad for a college-set “Girls Gone Wild"-type video -- the modern-day fairy tale is a rather innocent, PG-rated update on a 19th century German novel that later became the play “Old Heidelberg” and the operetta/musical “The Student Prince.”
- ‘We Are Marshall’ (2006)
The true tragedy that begins this sports drama may be difficult for some really young kids to understand, but the rest of the movie is relatively wholesome entertainment. Here, Matthew McConaughey plays a newly hired football coach who is chosen to build a winning team in the wake of a plane crash that killed 37 players and much of the Marshall University coaching staff. It’s your average feel-good underdog sports movie and a real departure for director McG.
- ‘Glory Road’ (2006)
This college sports drama from Disney also involves a newly hired coach (played by Josh Lucas) and a real-life team of underdogs. But “Glory Road” takes place on the basketball court and deals with a very different kind of obstacle -- racism both within the team and from outside (the film does feature some uses of the n-word). The film portrays the true story of El Paso’s Texas Western College and their (at the time) unheard of number of black players, as well as their groundbreaking appearance at the 1966 NCAA finals.
- ‘Flubber’ (1997)
A broader, slightly more slapstick remake of the Disney classic “The Absent-Minded Professor,” this movie stars Robin Williams as the college science professor who invents a rubbery goo that makes things bounce and fly through the air. Keeping with the usual athletic focus in college movies, here he helps the basketball team succeed by affixing this “flubber” material to their sneakers. However, that isn’t the main plot, which instead deals with criminals who are after the substance for financial gain. Oddly, given its success, this never spawned a remake of the sequel, “Son of Flubber.”
- ‘The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes’ (1969)
Like “Flubber” and the film it’s based on, this Disney movie takes place at the fictional Medfield College, where Kurt Russell played a student named Dexter Riley over the course of a few films (the others being “Now You See Him, Now You Don’t” and “The Strongest Man in the World”). In this installment, an electric shock turns him into a genius with encyclopedic knowledge, speed reading abilities, and uncanny math skills. He uses the new talent for the academic equivalent of all the sports matches we see in these movies: a collegiate quiz tournament.
- ‘The Monkey’s Uncle’ (1965)
Another veteran teen actor for Disney, Tommy Kirk played the young titular genius in “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones” and this sequel, where he goes off to college (Midvale rather than Medfield) with returning co-star Annette Funicello and an intelligent chimpanzee. The main plot involves Jones being tasked with a number of schemes to help the school, including a means for football students to study in their sleep and the invention of a flying machine that will help win a much-needed donation to the institution.