At a screening of the documentary “The Prep School Negro” on Wednesday night, students, faculty members, and the film’s director Andre Robert Lee discussed the questions of what is gained and what is sacrificed by life inside the elite ivory tower.
Lee, who grew up in poverty in Philadelphia, based the film on his own disorienting high school experiences after receiving a full scholarship to Germantown Friends School, one of the most prestigious preparatory schools in the country.
“Though my tuition was covered, I still paid a great cost,” Lee said.
It looks like a pretty interesting movie. I will be really surprised if this doesn’t get shown at our school and many other prep schools.
…Jason Segel of Harvard-Westlake School in LA.
We took the summer off from doing the CPSGOTW, but with school back in session, this is the perfect way to kick it off again. Jason Segal is probably best known as an actor in movies like “Knocked Up” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”
This clip is really more Paul Rudd being funny, but so what?
I love Clint Eastwood. In fact, one of my favorite movies is “Kelly’s Heroes.”
Clint is an American icon, and he is supporting Mitt Romney for President. Last week, Clint gave a speech at the RNC that was a little bit weird. The guy has made some of the best movies in the history of film and now he’s getting made fun of on Twitter and other social media outlets. Do everyone a favor and just leave Clint alone.
My favorite part’s are all from “Gran Torino.”
From ACK & MV to the Hamptons to Myrtle Beach, here are some of the T&V staff’s favorite videos. Have a safe and fun 4th.
(Warning: Some videos contain profanity).
No better beach gathering than Nobadeer.
Wish my pool parties were that cool.
Gotta love the lead actors in the most American movie of the century being Aussies.
Love the mayor’s coat.
Kenny f*ckin’ Powers.
Send us your 4th of July photos and stories! Rep the prep!
We have already featured Seth MacFarlane of the Kent School as a celebrity prep school grad of the week. MacFarlane graduated from Kent and then went on to RISD. In researching him and the movie “Ted,” we found out that the headmaster of Kent actually led a campaign against Seth MacFarlane and “Family Guy.”
If you check out Wikipedia, there’s a link to a story that says:
“Seth MacFarlane has been out of prep school for eight years, but the headmaster is still on his case. The top administrator of the Kent School is leading a one-man campaign to get advertisers to drop “The Family Guy,” an animated TV comedy created by MacFarlane, a 1991 Kent alumnus.”
I would say that MacFarlane has won that battle.
As for “Ted,” let me just say that I saw it this weekend and I need to see it again, as everyone was laughing so hard that I missed probably half of the movie’s lines.
The Huffington Post just put up an article titled “Nine Fantastic Prep School Novels.” I looked over the list and I have read exactly one of these books, which was Catcher in the Rye. I thought that Holden Caulfield was kind of a whiny loser, so that wouldn’t make my list.
This is a visual world, and movies are the new books. It doesn’t matter that some of the facts in “The Social Network”are wrong. Because they are on screen, people believe them.
With that in mind, here are nine great prep movies:
- Dead Poet’s Society–No brainer
- Scent of a Woman–No brainer part II
- School Ties–Filmed at Middlesex School. I have a friend who could play Matt Damon in the remake.
- Outside Providence–“Exactly how many people do you know named ‘Drugs,’ Mr. Dunphy?”
- Old School–Not exactly at a prep school, but it’s frat.
- Point Break–“Utah, gimme two!”
- The Social Network–They were all prep school grads
- Mighty Ducks III–Ducks on scholarship
- Superbad–OK, Seth and Evan were public school kids, but this movie crosses all lines. Plus, Evan and McLovin were going to Dartmouth. Actually, what are the odds that they would BOTH get into Dartmouth?
(Profanity in both clips)
To many prep school laxers in the Mid-Atlantic, Booker Corrigan has become a household name. He is well known for inputing rap lyrics into his play-by-play announcements at Pennsylvania and Maryland lax games. This guy is too classic!
…Eliza Dushku, who graduated from the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Eliza grew up in Watertown, MA and has starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bring it On, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. I read that she was also in True Lies, as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter.
Enjoy this clip from Eliza getting interviewed by David Letterman.
…Ben Stiller of the Calhoun School in NYC. Calhoun is a K-12 school in Manhattan, and is known as a progressive school.
Stiller grew up with famous showbiz parents. Many people know his parents as Frank and Estelle Costanza from “Seinfeld.” Stiller graduated from Calhoun in 1983 and went to UCLA and studied acting before dropping out. You can’t argue with his decision, as he is worth about $120 million.
I could not decide which was the best Ben Stiller clip, so here is a montage of some of his funniest stuff. Enjoy!
As Derek Zoolander
Getting mad at Larry David
My Milkshake from “Dodgeball”
Pre-Prom scene from “There’s Something About Mary”
Matt Damon and Edward Norton in “Rounders.”
Yes, I know that neither of them really went to prep school, but in the movie, they said that they met at Dwight-Englewood Prep, which is a real prep school in NJ. Damon’s father cut the grass and Norton’s father was the drunk janitor. It is a stretch, but hey, this is a great poker scene with Teddy KGB.