Whenever you’re at the country club, drop one of these movie lines, and you will surely get a thumbs up. And if you haven’t seen these entire movies grab your popcorn because it is a preppy offence. So sit back and begin watching.
Year: 1990. Director: Whit Stillman. What Makes It Preppy: NYC debutantes. Discussions on social mobility. A bar that we’re pretty sure is Dorrians. All the characters play bridge. Quote: ” I’ve always planned to be a failure anyway, that’s why I plan to marry an extremely wealthy woman.” – Nick Smith
Year: 1992. Director: Robert Mandel. What Makes It Preppy: Elite prep school. All-star Football team. Because Chris O’Donnell is in it. Everyone wants to get into Harvard. Quote: “No sir. You will never forget what happened, because I’m going to stay here to always remind you it happened whenever you see me. You played me. I’ll definitely use you to get into Harvard.” – David Green
IGBY GOES DOWN
Year: 2002. Director: Burr Steers. What Makes It Preppy: Igby’s uniform. Getting sent to military school. Rampant family dysfunction. His mom’s name is Mimi. Ollie, his Republican brother (played perfectly by Ryan Philippe). Quote: “I’m drowning in assholes.” – Igby
Year:2000. Director: Mary Harron. What Makes It Preppy: New York investment banker-Patrick Batemen=dark prep. Twisted rich people. Working at your father’s company. Quote: “There is a split second of complete panic as I realize that Paul’s apartment overlooks the park… and is clearly more posh than mine.” – Patrick Bateman
FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Year: 1991. Director: Charles Shyer. What Makes It Preppy: George & Nina Banks in everything they do. George’s navy blue tux. THAT house. Steve Tyrell’s version of “The Way You Look Tonight”. Quote: “Well this nitwit will no longer be not ripped because I’m not paying for one more thing I don’t need. George Banks says NO!”
Year: 1998. Director: Wes Anderson. What Makes It Preppy: the fact that it is a Wes Anderson film. The beekeeping society. Rushmore in its entirety. Max Fischer’s uniform. Quote: “My top schools where I want to apply to are the Sorborne and Oxford. My saaftey is Havard.” – Max Fischer.
SCENT OF A WOMAN
Year: 1992. Director: Martin Brest. What Makes It Preppy: Charlie Sims (Chris O’Donnell) attends New England prep school. The duo stays at the Waldorf-Astoria.Lt. Col. Frank Slade knows how to tango (in spite of being blind).Quote: “Whoo-ah.” – Lt. Col. Frank Slade
Year: 1983. Director: John Landis. What Makes It Preppy: Louis Winthorpe III, enough said. Coleman the butler. Mortimer and Randolph Duke.. “The Heritage Club”. Squash. Women in headbands. Women in headbands EVERYWHERE. Quote: ”Can you believe it? He was wearing my Harvard tie. As in my Harvard tie. He definitely went to Harvard.” – Louis Winthorpe III
THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY
Year: 1999. Director: Anthony Minghella. What Makes It Preppy: Princeton alumni. A detrimental passion with Chet Baker (but we get it). Gwyneth Paltrow’s ENTIRE wardrobe in this. Quote: “I have forever had the notion that it would be better, to be a fake somebody… than a real nobody.” – Tom Ripley
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
Year: 1989. Director: Peter Weir. What Makes It Preppy: Welton Academy’s four pillars: Discipline, Excellence, Honor and Tradition. Knox Overstreet. Quote: “Guys, you must endeavour to discover your own voice. Because the more time you take to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “The majority of men lead lives of silent desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!” – John Keating