Films to Get You Through Finals Week

By Savannah Stanley

Finals are coming up — which, as college students, means it’s time to look for something to do other than study. Without further ado, here are our top finals-week movie picks!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986, Dir. John Hughes


What better way to prepare for the soul-crushing eventuality of finals than to bask in the glory of youthful freedom that was, apparently, high school in the 80’s? This iconic, fun movie is sure to lift your spirits, or help you prepare to sit down and get through finals for your own freedom.

Miss Congeniality (2000, Dir. Donald Petrie)


A feel-good, empowering comedy with beauty pageants and explosions is everything you need when you’re actually trying to get down to business. If Gracie Hart can be an awesome, no-nonsense FBI agent and simultaneously be one of the most successful members of a Miss America pageant, you can make it through your exams. Also, who’d want to miss that William Shatner song?

Elf (2003, Dir. Jon Favreau)

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A holiday classic that premiered almost 15 years ago, Elf will reignite your childhood wonder and belief in the good of the world. If you’re procrastinating, this will help get your fire for the holiday seasons back. And who can’t feel great watching Will Ferrel scream about Santa?

Dope (2015, Dir. Rick Famuyiwa)

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Having a bit of a rough time with your chemistry homework? Dope will put that into perspective for you. Shake off your pre-exam jitters and watch a trio of teens, with everything going against them, use all of their resources to make the world work for them. And laugh at the absolute absurdity of it all, while you’re at it. Think you can balance some equations now?

Star Wars marathon

(1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2015, 2017 Dir. George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand, George Lucas, George Lucas, George Lucas, J. J. Abrams, Rian Johnson)

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Reward yourself or power through the last days of the semester and with a Star Wars marathon. This means all seven currently produced films and the upcoming eighth. There’s enough for every day of exam week and a treat at the end. Need we say more?

Regardless of what movies you watch, what snacks you eat, or how you procrastinate, we want to wish you the best of luck this finals week.. And we hope this list can help somewhat with the process.