1. 13 Going On 30
Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo star in this rom com fantasy where they are irresistibly adorable as grown up versions of their 13-year-old selves. Portraying next door neighbors and best friends, Jenna Rink (Garner) and Matt Flamhaff (Ruffalo) weather the trials of middle school together until Jenna’s 13th birthday when she is humiliated by the mean, cool kids she invited to her party. In the next scene, she emerges as a 30-year-old, confused about how she got there and why her life is so very different that the one she dreamed of. The movie’s soundtrack includes hit songs from the 1980’s – 2000’s, in particular, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, the tune featured during my favourite scene of the entire movie.
2. She’s All That
She’s All That is one of those typical ’90s teen movies that you refuse to admit that you actually enjoy watching. Like many, She’s All That is a “chick flick” which pretty much all revolved around a popular guy making a stupid bet to catch the attention of an outcast girl and then regretting it when the tables turn and the girl ends up wooing them. Complicated, right? She’s All That is no exception. One of the scenes, now known as the Laney Boggs makeover, went down in history and is parodied extensively since the nerdy character’s transformation from dork to most beautiful girl in school literally consisted of taking off her glasses and getting a trim.
While the stereotypes inside the movie are borderline cringe-worthy, the movie was easily one of the most popular and girly pre-teen movies of it’s time.
3. The Princess Diaries
Every young girl at some point dreams of finding out that they’re secretly a princess, and that’s seemingly just what happened to this socially awkward teenager, Mia. When an awkward high school sophomore named Mia Thermopolis finds out that she’s the Princess of the fictional country of Genovia, her life completely changes. But being a princess is not easy, as you’ll find out when you watch this Disney classic starring Anne Hathaway.
The magical movie showcases blooming relationships among new family, the pros and cons of being royalty, and a little soul searching thrown into the mix too. The movie also ended up being one of the most popular throughout the 2000’s and even has a strong following to this day.
The true story of Michael Oher’s, played by Quinton Aaron’s journey from homeless teen to college graduate and NFL standout is inspirational on every level. Sandra Bullock (that’s right, the Academy Award, Best Actress) and Tim McGraw are Leigh Ann and Sean Tuohy, the couple who become Oher’s legal guardians and helped him move way beyond his troubled boyhood. His presence in their family is transformative for the Tuohys and their children, as well. Football fans will love the cameos by college coaches.
The movie was based on The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, and is an inspirational story and wonderful movie that gives viewers an insight into an inspirational true story that created headlines.
5. 10 Things I Hate About You
This teenage chick-flick may be based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, but you definitely won’t feel like you’re sitting in your everyday, boring English class while watching it.
This classic movie which became popular after it’s 1999 release was arguably what gave Heath Ledger his first taste of fame – and rightfully so. The movie, which has just the right amount of sappy romance and spice was on every teens “must watch” movie list, time and time again. If you’re a Heath Ledger fan and haven’t yet seen this classic, you have to watch the memoriable scene where the late Heath Ledger busts out singing “You’re Just to Good to Be True” accompanied by an entire marching band.