Ok, here’s the thing. Today seems like as good a day as any to issue some confessions. Here’s one of mine. I’m really not that cool a person. This is why I could never be one of those writers or social media people who shares their daily life. It’s legit boring. It’s mine, but it’s boring. There’s cooking, cleaning, laundry, 3+ mile walks, more laundry, social media work, and lots of writing. That’s it. Given all of this, it stands to reason that my pop culture or movie viewing habits would follow suit. This means, yes, even THE most popular of films fall into a category of “I didn’t see them when they were hip.” (That’s not a term anymore, right?) After all of this preamble, what we’ve learned is, let’s look at movies I saw when they were no longer cool.
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Honestly, I think, unless I’m surprised, I’m going to find the need to put a LOT of titles on here that most people my age saw in theaters. But that’s not how my family rolled. Looking back, I’m thankful because honestly I enjoy them way more when I did see them than I would have at the time of their release. That said, I’ll try to focus on ones realistically I could have gone to the theater and seen. So, let’s jump in and meet the lucky films.
MOVIES I SAW WHEN THEY WERE NO LONGER COOL
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1: 13 GOING ON 30 (2004)
STORY: Tired of being picked on and very uncool, a girl makes a desperate wish to be 30 on her thirtieth birthday little realizing the consequences of her wish.
THOUGHTS: I mean, is there any of us who don’t think this is the quintessential nostalgic film? (If you don’t, I’m not sure we can be friends. JK. Of course.) It’s so sweet and darling and of course, lots of this is all thanks to the always charming Jennifer Garner. Find digitally on Amazon
2: ABOUT TIME (2013)
STORY: A man learns the males in his family have a time-travelling gene.
THOUGHTS: I think this film with Rachel McAdams and Bill Nighy was (is?) Pretty well liked, right? I decided to give it a chance when it was on Netflix and am glad I did. It’s warm hearted and for me, it overcomes its R-rating (which normally isn’t my thing!), and that’s always good. Find digitally on Amazon Video
3: HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN TEN DAYS (2000)
STORY: To win a bet, a man tries to woo a woman little realizing she also has a bet (for a story!) that she can lose dude in 10 days.
THOUGHTS: I think this film gets a lot of negative flack but it was pretty dang popular with moviegoers. Couldn’t pin down when I finally saw the Kate Hudson romantic-comedy, but I know it wasn’t at release. Find digitally on Amazon Video
4: LEGALLY BLONDE (2001)
STORY: Reese Witherspoon stars as the iconic Elle Woods in a comedy about a woman who is dumped by her perfect boyfriend, essentially because she’s not smart enough for his career ambitions. She decides to prove to everyone she’s more than just a blonde by applying to law school.
THOUGHTS: Cannot remember when I finally say this one, but golly, it’s another that’s just sparkling with good. It’s, by now, one of those films that “everyone” instantly knows and also has a rumored third film in the works. Would you see it? Find digitally on Amazon Video
5: THE LOSERS (2010)
STORY: A group of elite soldiers, left behind and blamed for a mission gone bad, go on a rogue mission to get revenge on the baddies.
THOUGHTS: Don’t have a clue if this is a “popular” movie or not (but do think I read it was relatively big in theaters?) but I had to see it because Chris Pine (aka Captain America) is a cast member. Find digitally on Amazon Video
6: MEAN GIRLS (2004)
STORY: “The Plastics,” the popular girls in school take in the new student, but it comes with a price.
THOUGHTS: Haven’t a clue when finally I saw this, but it’s likely one of Lindsay Lohan’s BIGGEST films. It’s not my favorite, but sometimes, when I look for something mindless, I will watch this. Although this does have some good things to say. Find digitally on Amazon Video
7: NEVER BEEN KISSED (1999)
STORY: A fledging newspaper reporter tries to overcome her terrible high school years by going undercover at a school to do a story.
THOUGHTS: Drew Barrymore is darling in this cult classic! I cannot remember when I finally watched this one, but I DO adore it. Find digitally on Amazon Video
8: NOTTING HILL (1998)
STORY: Julia Roberts plays an American actress who meets an English dude who runs a bookshop. Their would-be romance is rocky at best.
THOUGHTS: Honestly, I’m not sure why I never saw this, but I didn’t until this year. It showed up on Netflix or one of the streaming services and so I decided to give the film a chance. If I had to guess the reason (and it seems a good one), I’d saw the primary reason is Hugh Grant as leading man. Find digitally on Amazon Video
9: OVERNIGHT DELIVERY (1998)
STORY: Paul Rudd plays a college student who becomes serendipitously involved with Reese Witherspoon’s character and together, the pair must travel an unexpected road trip and the crazy begins.
THOUGHTS: This one is just fun and entertaining if not a little quirky. If road trip movies aren’t your thing (and they’re not always mine), then you won’t enjoy this one. Find digitally on Amazon Video
10: RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS (2001)
STORY: A young teen mother must navigate a child, a barely there husband and her pursuit of education in this inspired by a true story film.
THOUGHTS: I just recently finally watched this one, and honestly, it’s good, but not THE best I’ve seen Barrymore in. I like the concept, but do wish the film took less time to zero in on the bad of Bev’s life and show us some of her triumphs, which she clearly did have to have given she published a book. Find digitally on Amazon Video
11: UPTOWN GIRLS (2003)
STORY: Out of control with more than one problem, a women becomes nanny to a very lonely little girl and together, they teach each other a great deal.
THOUGHTS: I think I’d only seen snippets of this film until finally I watched it last year. It’s not my favorite by any means and is actually quite a bit darker than I realized going in. Find digitally on Amazon Video
12: SHE’S ALL THAT (1999)
STORY: Follows a kind of My Fair Lady plot about a high school kid who tries to re-make a nerdy high school girl (on a bet).
THOUGHTS: This one is just cute and is one of those light and fluffy rom-coms Freddie Prinze Jr. starred in back in the day. Find digitally on Amazon Video
13: SUMMER CATCH (2001)
STORY: Talented, a young man tries to clean up his act to ensure his last shot being scouted by a baseball team.
THOUGHTS: Freddie Prinze Jr. co-stars in this flick that is ALL summer-y and just cute. Don’t know how popular it was, but it also has a young Jessica Biel, too! Find digitally on Amazon Video
What about you; did you see these in theaters? Or on VHS? Did you like or dislike them? What movies would you be able to put on this type of list? Did you see the latest films in theaters or later? Comment all of your thoughts down below! Let’s chat, all.
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