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There's nothing better than getting the girls together for a lazy night in front of a fab chick flick, right? Wrong. There's getting the girls together for a lazy night in front of a fab NINETIES chick flick.

Yep, we all remember the times of mood rings, rollerblades, Push Pops, and the Monica Lewinsky scandal. But can you remember how your formative teenage misfit years were shaped by watching romance comedies better than bacon...

... Neither could we, in much detail (too much time spent fretting zits and the school prom, probably). So, after a little research and a LOT of nostalgia, here are our top ten chick flicks of the nineties...

10 Things I Hate About You, 1999

The witty rom-com of 1999, based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, was a massively entertaining jolt of good ideas, brilliant acting and sharp comedy moments that left me walking out of from the cinema with a huge goofy grin on my face and a feeling that, somehow, everything will turn out just fine.

It didn't, but that's not the point...

Anyway Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the same movie? You don't have to tell ME twice!


Clueless, 1995

Aaah, the classic teen movie that continues to inspire. Nothing dates as fast as teen style and slang, but Clueless - based on Jane Austen's Emma - is like a carefully constructed snapshot of a time and place that existed only in teen girl fantasies. And, really, who can resist a love interest as gorgeous as Paul Rudd's Radiohead-listening, tree-planting, politically-savvy Josh?

Has this one lost any of its appeal since it was released? As if!


Cruel Intentions, 1999

There's something a little bit silly about Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe as wealthy, Manhattan teen versions of the sexual predators in Dangerous Liaisons - but it works. If there were an Oscar category for "Teen Movie That Makes An Earnest Statement About Love, Trust, And Innocence But Still Manages To Be Totes Sexy," then Cruel Intentions would've won it.

It's a flick still well worth a watch - especially if Mr. Phillippe takes your fancy!


Mermaids, 1990

90s Winona Ryder is one of the biggest girl crushes I've ever had, with her sarcastic humor and plucky charm. At the center of Mermaids - the beautifully gentle comedy about the serious business of growing up - Winona gives us a look at her eccentric family, which also happens to be a Cher fan's dream come true.

Sometimes, we watch movies to see life reflected back at us. Sometimes, on the other hand, we simply sit there open-mouthed, loving the chick flick-y vibes of awesomeness...


Never Been Kissed, 1999

Trashy, sure. But ultimately, Never Been Kissed was quite endearing, really. A re-working of As You Like It, the movie was decidedly about the adult experience of high school days - and all the impossible promises which Drew Barrymore's character feel have been unfulfilled in her adult life. We all know what I'm talking about.

And although, in parts, Drew's character is both hysterical and tragic, the morals prevail when - as soon as she stops caring about the cool kids - she suddently ain't "Josie Grossie" anymore!


Pretty Woman, 1990

Probably the most commercially successful rom-com of all time, there's nothing not to love about Pretty Woman. Julia Roberts' shopping spree transformation is totally legendary (and let's be honest, who hasn't dreamed of having a shopping spree of that magnitude?). In fact, the whole movie is so dreamy that you almost forget the inconvenient fact that her character has sex with strangers for moulah...

And Pretty Woman is kinda saying Roberts' character becomes a better person when she lands a rich guy and learns to cry at the opera, don't tell me you yourself didn't shed a tear when the end credits rolled!


Romeo + Juliet, 1996

Speaking as someone who was a tween during the days of "Leo-Mania" (Yes, yes I did have "I heart L.D.C. written in Tipp-Ex on my school pencil case), I couldn't claim to understand the Shakespearean dialogue of Romeo + Juliet. But, then, half the point of filming the movie was to make girls like me swoon. These star babes - DiCaprio and Danes - filled their classic roles with huge passion, making the Elizabethan verse look actually kinda cool.

Way to shake up a 400-year-old play, guys!


She's All That, 1999

What makes She's All That all that? Let me tell you. It was filmed at the same high school that Buffy was also filmed. It's the best thing Freddie Prinze Jr. has ever done. It's a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion about how the most popular guy in the senior class can take a dorky girl and turn her into a prom queen...

Oh, and it had Usher as the school DJ, at a time in his career when he still had a last name.


Spice World, 1997

Despite "Girl Power" being the Spice Girls' thang, Spice World was less a call to feminism than it was a device to show the Brit babes in dodgy clothing singing their questionable hits. Did this movie have a point? Is there even a plot? I can't remember. But what stuck in my mind were the occasional quotes, from members of the girl band like holier-than-thou Victoria Beckham, screeching "this dress is dry-clean only, Melanie!"

Hey. What's not to love!?


There's Something About Mary, 1998

Although I'm still left wondering how Ben Stiller managed to jerk off into his own ear, the dirty rom-com following a loveable protagonist on a quest for his high school sweetheart marked the brilliant beginning of the "gross-out" comedy genre. And although we all knew all along that Mary and Ted would end up together, it was DAMN FUN watching them get there, with something indecent to offend every interest group along the way...

"Is that hair gel?"



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