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Lessons from 90’s Teen Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Jezebel has a marvelous list of 90’s teen movies and the lessons we learn from them and it includes some of my favorite guilty pleasures like The Craft, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, and Can’t Hardly Wait. An alert commenter added the indispensible Empire Records, one of those movies that comes along every decade or so that manages to include just about every actor who is about to be huge. It is fun to see the early work of some of today’s stars. “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead” stars this week’s cover girl on People’s Most Beautiful issue, Christina Applegate — and features a very young pre-“X-Files” David Duchovney. And “The Craft” was directed by Andrew Fleming of “Hamlet 2″ and stars Robin Tunney of “The Mentalist.” And it is great to see these definitional films, dismissed as lightweight on release, discussed in terms of their influence as well as their awesomeness. “I’m right on top of that, Rose!”


  • Dustin Putman

    Nell, you’re after my own heart!
    “I’m right on top of that, Rose” is a part of my everyday vernacular! LOVE LOVE LOVE “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead.” “Empire Records” and “Can’t Hardly Wait,” too!

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Dustin! Happy to hear that we agree on these!

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