Simple A (2010)
And right here I believed that Emma Stone’s wry voiceover on this 2010 adaptation of The Scarlet Letter was the be-all, end-all for teen film narration. Do Revenge offers it a neat twist with the twin voiceover and the late-stage Nora reveal, however don’t sleep on Olive Penderghast’s personal cautionary story of how a rumor will develop wings, tooth, and a thoughts of its personal.
After a dumb lie morphs right into a rumor that Olive misplaced her virginity, her repute will get cemented as a “soiled skank.” When her homosexual pal asks her to faux they’d intercourse to guard him from getting bullied, Olive figures the injury has already been executed. However as she will get branded with the metaphorical purple A—after which really sews one onto her newly corset-y wardrobe in an try to manage the narrative—and increasingly more boys present up needing to cover behind her tattered honor, Olive learns simply how many individuals she will harm within the course of.
10 Issues I Hate About You (1999)
As cute because it was for Drea and Russ to throw paint balloons at each other, Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) and Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) walked earlier than these two might run. Not solely does the Shakespeare-in-high-school haters-to-lovers traditional have the sweetest paint splatter flirtation, but it surely additionally offers us probably the most ridiculous but plausible cliques, and an offended, earnest retelling of the Bard’s Taming of the Shrew. You don’t want 10 causes to observe; the second that soundtrack begins up, you’ll fall in love (both once more or for the primary time).
Merciless Intentions (1999)
How can we witness the return of sweet sixteen film/TV queen Sarah Michelle Gellar and not advocate her darkish cult traditional of youngsters plotting scrumptious revenge? Even for these of us who had been used to watching SMG as Buffy Summers within the late ‘90s, her villainous flip as Kathryn Merteuil was provocative and highly effective (and undoubtedly woke up some emotions in feminine audiences); costars Ryan Phillippe, Selma Blair, and Reese Witherspoon rounded out this titillating foursome.
Plus, if you happen to beloved the schadenfreude of a coke-fueled Max getting his comeuppance on the finish of Do Revenge, you’ll recognize the scene it was little doubt paying homage to—you’ll comprehend it as soon as the opening chords of “Bittersweet Symphony” begin.
Whereas Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart is healthier described as “Superbad for ladies,” you get the sense that chaotic nerdy besties Amy (Kaitllyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) might have barreled their means into the Admissions Social gathering no downside. Afraid that making it to the Ivies means they sacrificed the quintessential highschool experiences, the 2 got down to lastly dwell it up earlier than commencement—which includes dangerous journeys, a cringingly disastrous lesbian hookup, and probably the most heartwrenching showdown at a home occasion that you’ll ever see within the teen style.