They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and we’ve all been guilty of picking up trashy films every now and then that we treat like actual treasure–we protect them at all costs and not let anyone find out that we have ‘em. Now, the term trashy is kind of a harsh term, especially that taste in movies is subjective, but you know what we mean. Those predictable, unintentionally corny movies with problematic narratives that make us laugh for all the wrong reasons. Guilty pleasures, as our fellow kids would say. We know them, we love them, and there’s no shame in that. Because we accept the films we think we deserve.
Most of these “so bad they’re good” movies fall under everyone’s favorite category: Teen Movies. And we’ve listed down some of our problematic faves below. To be fair, you don’t need to have a very high IQ to understand these movies, ‘cause there’s nothing to understand about them. Just sit back, cringe, and enjoy.
John Tucker Must Die (2006)
John Tucker Must Die is a paradox. It’s generally underrated but also trashy at the same. It’s kind of a half-assed attempt at being progressive. Seeing the girls work side by side was a small step for women, but them plotting revenge against the guy who wronged them was a giant leap backwards. With that said, it is still a fun watch–just don’t take inspiration from it. Take our advice: Don’t get mad. Get some popcorn and watch shitty movies like this instead to calm yo titties.
Cruel Intentions (1999)
Sure enough, Cruel Intentions was a real game changer when it came out during the reign of squeaky clean teen movies in the ‘90s. But if you think about it, it’s a movie about a girl who made a bet with her stepbrother that if he can convince a virgin to sleep with him, he can also sleep with her. On paper, kinda sounds like a plot for a porno, but unlike those kinds of films, this flick actually got a wide release. (Also, that’s what she said.)
Sydney White (2007)
Just Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray’s A Cinderella Story, this modernized version of the fairy tale didn’t really add anything new to the narrative–especially that kiss. There’s nothing wrong with the idea of a true love’s kiss, but true love’s consent is the fairy tale ending we all deserve. But let’s be real, anything with Amanda Bynes is worthy of a watch.
P.S. We’re still waiting for Amanda Byne’s much-awaited comeback–‘cause who isn’t? If Britney can make it through 2007, nothing is impossible.
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Not only is it weird to see not one but two adults (in case you forgot, her brother Rob, played by David Arquette, also joins the high school and *spoiler* gets a girlfriend) hanging out with a bunch of high schoolers at parties, but the concept of a relationship between a teacher and a student is…inappropriate. Even though good ol’ Josie Grossie was technically undercover, Mr. Coulson was still hitting on a student of his. But hey, what hopeless romantic doesn’t want to have a second shot at high school just to have their first kiss anyway, right?
One could say that Eurotrip is actually a well-crafted satire about American complacency, but then again, it’s a movie that sees Fred Armisen as an Italian predator, a child wearing a Hitler moustache for no reason, and an array of painfully tired stereotypes. But at the end of the day, we still all know what Scotty doesn’t know.–SADGIRL00069