There are days when we just need a break. Quarantine or not, there are moments, we just want to take our mind off things and relax. Watching a movie you know inside out is exactly what is most needed in these situations. Being kids from the ’90s, we often crave our time back to re-indulge in the teen movies.
When they were released, some of the teen movies became a must watch such as The Harry Potter Saga. Some were mere guilty pleasures like American Pie or Twilight which many of us followed since the release of the first book until the last part Breaking Dawn part 2, transitioning from literary world to a cinematic experience.
Some of these stories will continue to live forever. Recently, when I was having a conversation with a friend, it brought memories of that ONE movie. Funny how memories work, right?
So today, we created a list of top 5 teen movies from the 2000s!
Bring It On (2000)
Two teams of cheerleaders, love stories, betrayal and a lot of sport!
Torrance (Kirsten Dunst) is the new captain of the Rancho High cheerleading team: The Toros.
They are stars in itself and famous for their dances all around.As time goes on, they start to realize one big problem: their rivals who goes by the name the Clovers copied their dances! Throughout the movie, Torrance and Missy (Eliza Dushku) try not only to solve the mystery of how the Clovers knew about their dances but also try to rescue the image of their whole team.
As successful and beloved they were at the start, with rumors and as it seems copied dances, they are close to losing everything, including the chance to be a part of the national championship. Bring It On is for sure the sportiest teen movie around!
Boys and Girls (2000)
Jennifer (Claire Forlani) and Ryan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) met for the first time when they were kids and were accidentally seated next to each other on the plane. The start of their friendship is mutual hatred.
A few years later they meet again during a High School Football and it’s not getting better at all. Just as they started college and start their time at the same university, their friendship blossoms and turns into one of their anchors throughout the years, while they slowly turn from haters to friends and finally to lovers! Even both of them don’t realize it is happening until it happened. From then on, the word ‘complicated’ defined their relationship but that’s the magic of this teen romcom. It’s funny, chaotic, to an extent predictable, but still absolutely lovely to follow.
Josie & The Pussycats (2001)
The Archie Comic of 1970 ‘Josie & The Pussycats’ gets a new take with this movie! It mayhaps become the reason for it being one of our top teen movies. The Pussycats, Josie (Rachel Leigh Cook), Melody (Tara Reid) and Valerie (Rosario Dawson) are part of a band, working towards their breakthrough. They play every possible gig, to get some attention for their music. But nothing really seems to work out.
Wyatt Frame (Alan Cumming) gets one job: To find the next big thing in the music industry, after the superstars of the band ‚DUJour’ died due to a plane crash. He comes across The Pussycats, presents them their record deal, and in a heartbeat, they are the new superstars!
The biggest change next to their name from ‘The Pussycats’ to ‘Josie & The Pussycats’?
All the attention is focused on Josie.
Melody and Val feel unnecessary to the whole project as they see what their band has been changed into. After diva – moments and some fights inside the band, they realize that their friendship is much stronger than everything else. They not only discover which evil game their management was playing with them but also realize that their fans truly love them. It’s a real-life – remake of a comic, so don’t forget while enjoying this trip alongside the girls. A certain level of unrealistic elements and fantasy is key to this story.
Just My Luck (2006)
Ashley (Lindsay Lohan) has it all. She’s pretty, successful and everything she does works out just fine. She’s the ultimate good luck charm. There is nothing that could go wrong in her life. Until the night she kisses a stranger at a fancy costume party. Jake (Chris Pine) is THE bad luck magnet, the loser with as much optimism as possible, who is just trying to make it.
In life generally, yes. But he would also be happy if he leaves the house and it won’t start raining at the very next second! He doesn’t know how it feels to be the lucky one. Until he shares a kiss with a mysterious girl at a masquerade bash. As expected, their stars cross and suddenly, everything he does works out just the way he hoped for and even better.
A little treat for all the UK fans, McFly not only delivered the soundtrack, but also played a small, but very important role in this romcom.
The House Bunny (2008)
Shelley Darlingson loses her space in the world-famous playboy mansion.
She’s 27! A woman her age can’t be one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends!
With her lovely, but all so bubbly personality, Shelly becomes the house mother of the nerdy, freaky girls at Zeta Alpha Zeta house. Not at all what she had pictured her new ‘job’ to be. However as she becomes close friends to the girls, such as Nathalie (Emma Stone), Mona (Kat Dennings), and Joanne (Rumer Willis), they become the most popular and also SMARTEST girls on campus, as Shelley worked her makeover wonders on them!
Vice versa: Shelley develops a big crush on Oliver (Colin Hanks) and so, to help her out, The Zeta Alpha Zeta girls help Shelley to ‘nerd- up’ in no time, so she would be ready to impress Oliver. This part is a cute reminder of Legally Blonde and points out that physical looks and popularity isn’t everything. Even House Bunny takes another turn on this than Legally Blonde but it’s important to point it out.
As a bonus: Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Not Another Teen Movie is the parody of a variety of movies from the ’90s and the 2000s. You will find bits and pieces of movies like ‘Never Been Kissed’, ‘Cruel Intentions’, Bring It On’ and ‘American Pie’, just to name a few. The main storyline is an adaptation of ‘She’s All That’. Funny, maybe a little bit too much, but if you’re a teen movie nerd, like us, it is worth a watch.