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Sep 06 2016

Back to School with Realistic Movie Professors

by Kyle Stevens

Professor Indiana JonesAfter teaching for years as a graduate student,then as a postdoc,and then as a Visiting Assistant Professor,I've finally started a proper position as Assistant Professor of Film Studies.As semesters begin all over the country,I turned to thinking about my favorite on-screen professors.High school movies tend to serve as microcosms of society;they're all emotional peaks and valleys,in-groups and out-groups,and the goal is to get out.In college movies,fromAnimal HouseandOld SchooltoLegally BlondeandThe House Bunny,the goal is to stay on the rip-roaring ride of university life.

Not surprisingly,college teachers don't feature heavily in these movies.And in other genres where professors pop up,they're not exactly realistic.Think Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones,Eddie Murphy inThe Nutty Professor,Natalie Portman inThor,Hugh Grant inThe Rewrite,and so on.(Propriety dictates that I not comment on the realism of Bruce Humberstone's 1952 Virginia Mayo vehicleShe's Working Her Way Through College.) Television doesn't fare much better,as the patently absurd characters inHow to Get Away with MurderorTransparentattest.

But here are my personal favorites.The Top Five Professors in Film..

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