My Top 5 Teen Chick Films

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Girls only, please.

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1. Clueless
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Before Gossip Girl, there was Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) and her posse in the 1995 hit Clueless, which, by the way, is a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Kudos if you knew that. I didn’t. I was 15 when this came out and it satisfied my craving for a seriously cool chick to idolize. The film that catapulted Silverstone to stardom also introduced future actors like the late Britanny Murphy and Paul Rudd. The film is a pretty simple story told in a colorful, modern way that probably laid the formula for the future films of its genre. Set in Beverly Hills High School, it is pure escapism for someone who isn’t even close. For others, it was a cheesy love story between this spoiled rich girl and her ex-stepbrother. For me, it was a comfort to know even rich kids have issues.

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2.Foxfire

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This 1996 film based on a novel Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang introduced me to the actress we now know as Angelina Jolie. Jolie played Margaret “Legs” Sadovsky, a mysterious girl who shows up in a high school and ‘befriends’ a group of girls. In this film, Jolie has short, tomboy hair, dressed in leather jacket and boot cut jeans. The classic outlaw, she takes the suburban girls to an adventure of self-discovery, which included tattooing themselves as well as standing up to an abusive teacher. Interestingly enough, the film was where Jolie met Jenny Shimizu, who played Goldie Goldberg, who she later revealed she had a romantic relationship with. Lots of drama in and out of this film.

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3. The Virgin Suicides
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Director Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter and Nicolas Cage’s cousin Sophia Coppola directed this 1999 film adaptation of a novel about the suicides of five sisters in a quiet Michigan suburb. It had a sufficiently notable cast, with Kirsten Dunst as one of the sisters, James Woods and Kathleen Turner as the girls’ parents, and Joshua Hartnett as Dunst’s love interest. For a story about five girls going through life, it was refreshing to hear it  through the narrative of four neighborhood boys who have shared some moments with them. It sort of stripped it down of its chick flick value a bit but also gave the most touching element of the film. For the easily bored, I wouldn’t recommend this film as the only upbeat  scene was Josh Hartnett strutting along the school hallway. But if you’re a teenager and thinking about killing yourself, I can only pray watching this will change your mind, not encourage it.

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4. 10 Things I Hate About You
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Yet another modern adaptation (funny, that), this time of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, this 1999 classic of a teen rom-com introduced me to then unknown Heath Ledger and equally undiscovered Julia Stiles. As much as I consider American Pie as a cult classic, this film, however, gets my preference when it comes to the screenplay. Whereas American Pie relied on physical comedy and awkward, sex-related scenes to create humor, 10 Things invested on a witty script, adding personality to the characters. Just consider that poem that is so heavily quoted around social networking profile pages.

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5. Bring It On
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I’m no expert, but this probably is The Godfather of cheerleaders. Anyone care to confirm? This quirky take on fierce formations, perky clapping and spirit fingers immortalized Cheerleading in Hollywood film history. There has never been anything quite like it. Although I didn’t want to be a cheerleader after watching it, I appreciated the humor in a rather indulgent movie. You must admit, the lines “I’m sexy, I’m cute. I’m popular to boot!” is very catchy.

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