I’m currently watching Never Been Kissed (which I own on DVD, but love watching when it comes on TV because it reminds me of simpler times when it was the only way you could catch your favorite movie) and thinking to myself, “They just don’t make them like they used to.”
They just don’t!
The mid to late nineties spawned an unrepeatable generation of teen romantic comedies, predominantly loosely based on timeless stories from literature. What a genius way to make a bunch of butterfly clip wearing, self-obsessed teens learn valuable lessons from great stories. Also, the soundtracks. My god, the soundtracks.
Because I’m feeling old and nostalgic, and channeling my inner teen — who takes up A LOT of room — here’s a list of the best of the best movies that taught us that finding love in high school is like, so totally possible.
Based On: Emma, by Jane Austen
Love Lesson: Playing matchmaker can backfire, majorly.
Life Lesson: Always take a lap around the party before you commit to a location.
Based On: As You Like It, by William Shakspeare
Love Lesson: Everyone gets a second chance at love, just don’t lie about your age.
Life Lesson: Rufus.
Based On: Taming of the Shrew, by William Shakespeare.
Love Lesson: There’s a thin line between love and hate. And, paintball is a viable date option.
Life Lesson: There’s life after The Secret World of Alex Mack.
Based On: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, by Pierre Choderlos Laclos
Love Lesson: Don’t play games unless you want to end up brokenhearted or dead in a car crash.
Life Lesson: DON’T TAKE CELLO LESSONS.
Based On: Pygmalion, by George Bernard Shaw
Love Lesson: If you get to know someone, you will see their inner beauty.
Life Lesson: Makeovers make everything better.
Heather is a contributing editor at the-dah. She is a Los Angeles based writer, improviser, snacker, social media mistress, and aspiring adult. Read more of her food-stained stories about growing up weird at Terrible-Twenties.com, or follow her digital alter ego @MissHezah on Twitter.
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