I don’t think they make teen movies like they used to. As an 80’s baby I grew up on teen movies from the 90s and early noughties. If you love movies then you’re in the right place. Read on for my top 5 teen movies from the 90s you need to watch.
I love Clueless and this is no secret! I’m still waiting for someone to throw a 90’s themed fancy dress party so I can go dressed up as Cher or Dionne. Friends IRL take the hint. Based upon Jane Austen’s Emma, Clueless is a modern and fun adaptation of Austen’s classic novel. Cher Horowitz (played by Alicia Silverstone) fancies herself a great matchmaker and gets her jollies from meddling in people’s love lives. She is rich and fashionable with an enviable revolving wardrobe but a bit of a ditz. Dionne (played by the now cancelled af Stacey Dash) is her best friend who knows what it’s like to have haters and share their names with successful singers from the past who now do infomercials.
Clueless is a brilliant teen movie from the 90s. It has a great soundtrack, a completely original language that I wasted no time to adopt, endless fashion inspiration and an entertaining storyline. While busy matchmaking, Cher discovers that not every Baldwin is deserving of the name and no matter how much you try to change someone they’ll always find their own way.
Clueless is one of my favourite teen movies from the 90s because it’s just so damn quotable!
If you like coming of age romantic comedies then you’ll love Clueless. I guarantee you’ll be talking like Cher in no time.
She’s All That got absolutely rinsed on VHS in our house. The prom dance scene set to Fat Boy Slim’s Rockerfeller Skank has epic replay value. As quintessential teen 90s movies go, She’s All That ticks all the boxes. We have the popular mean girl, Taylor Vaughan and her soon-to-be geeky rival Laney Boggs competing for the title of prom queen. Morally ambiguous bets are a convenient plot device and so much fun to watch as they blow up in our characters’ faces. Freddie Prinze Jr plays Zack Siler who bets he can turn any high school girl into prom queen as long as they’re on his arm. Baby Paul Walker plays his friendly adversary hoping he will lose. Lil Kim and Usher also star and are great additions to the cast.
If you like classic 90s teen movies, filled with bright colours, Usher, random group dance scenes and seeing the geek come out on top, then She’s All That is right up your street.
I couldn’t do a 90’s teen movie list without including House Party. God bless my brother for recording this from the TV on VHS otherwise I wouldn’t have known this film existed! House Party is all about Kid n Play, two teenage best friends who decide to throw the best house party while their parents are away. This is the kinda house party where people actually dance, not just stand around drinking beer out of red cups. A frat party it is NOT.
Play aka Peter has less responsibility than Kid aka Christopher. Play’s parents are well-to-do and have beggared off way down south for the weekend. Kid on the other hand has a strict father who grounds him after getting into a fight at school. Despite this, Kid is determined to go to the party and not be labelled a social misfit. He also has to avoid the school bullies, conveniently named Stab, Willie and Pee-Wee whilst trying to hide from his dad.
The 80’s fashion in this movie is mad and the rap battle scenes hilarious. House Party isn’t just about the party, though. It’s also about Kid trying to be taken seriously for his lyrics and winning the attention from the girl of his dreams. Keep your eyes peeled for Martin Lawrence and Robin Harris (Pop) who absolutely kill it with the comedy. The soundtrack is killer and I guarantee you won’t be able to keep your feet still.
10 Things I Hate About You is based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Julia Stiles stars as Kat, a young lady who has no interest in dating. Her sister, Bianca, on the other hand is desperate to date the most popular boy in school. Their father makes the decision to allow her to date but only if Kat starts dating too. Cue duplicitous scheming behind the scenes and you soon find Kat dating cute as a button curly-haired Patrick (Heath Ledger) whose main interests are smoking and being rebellious. This film is great at showing how hard it is to date as a young girl while trying to remain loyal to your beliefs.
Disturbing Behaviour looks like an odd addition to the teen 90s movies above. For one it is more horror/thriller and the themes dark and lacking in comedy. While it is not well-reviewed according to Rotten Tomatoes I still love this movie. One of my main loves is Rachel Cook (played by Katie Holmes) in boots, bare midriffs and eyeliner. Cook’s rich trash and it’s a welcome change from her preppy Dawson’s Creek look.
Set in a quaint quiet town the local teens are slowly turning from rebellious and lost students to driven and disciplined. They have bake sales and tutor their struggling peers. Enter Steve, our hero, who moves from Chicago with his whole family after a tragedy. Everything seems fine until one of his nearest and dearest changes for the worst and is signed up to the secret sinister programme. On the outside it looks like the students are just buckling down, working harder and taking school seriously. However, there is a disturbing agenda at play that the Cradle Bay outcasts must discover and try to dismantle.
What are your favourite 90s teen movies?