Fisher Fine Arts Library – The Tree of Life (2011)
There are two main reasons why people study in Fisher: they enjoy either the total silence, or the sheer beauty of the only library on campus that’s reminiscent of Hogwarts. Either way, one movie you’d probably like is Terrence Malick’s masterpiece The Tree of Life. It’s quiet, slow, and scenic: just like your typical Fisher study session.
Van Pelt Library – Amélie (2001)
If there’s one thing that’s universal for all Penn students regardless of school, it’s the despair that’s so characteristic of those late–night study sessions in VP. When you’re buried in papers, books and sticky notes, all you need is a little pick–me–up. Amélie does just that. Quirky, eclectic and whimsical, Jean–Pierre Jeunet’s “love story” is sure to put a smile on your face.
Huntsman Hall – The Game (1997)
Though Whartonites dream of success stories and lavish lives à la Jordan Belfort, the simple reality is that at this very moment, they’re probably stuck in a GSR. If you find yourself in this situation and decide to take a study break, watch The Game . It’s not your typical Wall Street story, but rather a complicated puzzle that will keep you entertained.
Starbucks under Commons – Midnight in Paris (2011)
This place is Penn's equivalent of the Gryffindor Common Room: it’s not necessarily a study spot, but many students choose to turn it into one, thanks to its convenience and never–ending supply of coffee. People who prefer its lively and friendly atmosphere probably enjoy watching movies in a social setting, which means the film itself has to be light and engaging—just like Midnight in Paris.
Saxby’s – Thelma & Louise (1991)
Saxby’s screams late afternoon study session with the girls. While you’re catching up on your coursework over coffee and chit–chat, feel free to plan a movie night in. Street suggests Thelma & Louise—it’s a great story about two women who decide to live freely, at least for a weekend. After all, once in a while you need to let go, and this movie is a great reason for a break.
HubBub – The 400 Blows (1959)
A lot of people like the social aspect of studying in a coffee shop, but if you’re too cool for Starbucks, you’re probably too cool for movies with no subtitles, too—and HubBub is a melting pot for cool people. While some might prefer newer arthouse films to older ones, one thing is certain: Truffaut’s debut is a classic, and still makes a great conversation starter regardless of the movie opinions of your cinephile of choice.