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Homeschoolers on Screen


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When homeschooling characters show up in movies, they really stand out. Either they're clueless about how normal families behave, or they're on the run.

But just like reading about homeschooling characters in books, it can also be fun and enlightening to see how homeschooling is portrayed on screen.


Here are some films and TV shows that feature homeschooling characters. Not all of them are appropriate for kids, but adults should find them interesting.

Mean Girls is a 2004 movie starring a teenage Lindsay Lohan as a high school student whose family moves back to civilization after years in the jungle. Both pretty and smart, she's soon torn between two groups -- the wisecracking outsiders and the popular "Plastics"(led by Rachel McAdams).

Although framed as a typical teen comedy, Mean Girls is actually based on Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, a nonfiction book for parents which explains toxic girl relationships and school culture. Ultimate smart cookie Tina Fey, who plays a math teacher, wrote the screenplay with Wiseman, which ends up equal parts entertainment and enlightenment.

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