By the time I was a teen, The John Hughes film's of the 80's were already classics at the slumber parties. Those movies built the foundation that allowed the 90's to modify the popular/geek romance and they were sporting threads you could pick up at the mall. Prepare yourselves, let's do the time warp again!
1. Empire Records
" Empire Records open til midnight, this is Mark...Midnight!"
This wonderful flick about a bunch of misfits working in a records store and devising a plan to save said store from corporate America, was my most quoted movie of high school. Not to mention it's killer soundtrack, 90's pop at it's finest. And though most of my friends crushed on the baby faced AJ, I was infatuated with Lucas. He was turtleneck wearing, Confucus talking, Puma sporting, shoplifter chasing beatnik with a bike. And if you haven't seen it since 1994, go grab the Remix Edition with add scenes and fun extras! And always remember, Damn the Man! Save the Empire!
Besides the infusion of plaid mini skirts, this created an entire new language for teen girls across America! And I'm sure the world over is completely tired of "As if" and "Whatever". This movie also provided a great soundtrack (hello, Radiohead!) But my all time favorite scene is Travis' s acceptance speech for being the tardiest students. "I'd like to thank an LA city bus driver for taking a chance on an unknown kid, without which I might never be tardy."
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
Geeky guy wants popular girl, his smart friend convinces douche-y dude to pay incarceration bound fella to date the popular girl's un-dateable sister which will release said popular girl from parental enforced dating celibacy contract. And love ensues! I was most definetly Kat Strattford in high school (angsty feminist who wants to play guitar) but sadly I had no Heath Ledger. Plus, I totally want to go to a high school where Save Ferris plays at my prom.
4. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter is Dead
What girl doesn't dream of a summer without parents working in the fabulous fashion industry? Meeting your dream guy at a fast food joint and creating a lie to get a really awesome job...the job you swiped from his wretched sister, who is now out to get you, all while repeating "I'm right on top of that, Rose." And, is it kinda weird that the fella who plays Kenny (Keith Coogan) was in another movie with babysitter in the title (Adventures in Babysitting). The dishes are done, man.
4. Dazed and Confused
6. Drop Dead Gorgeous
The best mockumentary about a beauty pageant in Minnesota ever! With another minor role being played by Allison Janney and cute Brittany Murphy both making their second appearance on today's list, this flick is a comical gem and if you haven't scene it, pick it up for the weekend because it is freaking brilliant!
Yes that is Rebecca Gayheart, our favorite Noxzema girl and Dexter's Julie Benz. If you haven't seen Jawbreaker it's a dark comedy about a couple of girls who pull a birthday prank on their friend which results in her death. Instead of going to the authorities, Rose McGowen stages a scene to make matters worse. Full of mid-drift cardigans and a cameo from Marilyn Manson.
8. The Faculty
Great cast, ridiculous premise. But honestly, I bet you thought at least once in your high school career that some of the people you roamed the halls with were aliens. Plus, it's a Robert Rodriguez film and Usher is in it.
10. The Craft
What are some of your favorite teen movies from the 90's? I know I left out a couple of that came close to making the list....Can't Hardly Wait, She's All That, Never Been Kissed, and maybe Varsity Blues. And for my dear friend Shawna...Bring It On wasn't made until 2000, so it will have to be placed on another list.