…As opposed to cult favorite fluff films that even critics are okay with (Clueless, hello. Best ever.).
Hey, I love movies. I even took these two film electives in college that had no relation to my major – one about the best, most classic films in history and one about the best European films ever. They were GREAT. But I so appreciate good old fluff pieces too. And here are some that I’ve always really enjoyed (and shamelessly watch again and again), that no one I ask ever seems to seriously like. Hmm. What do you think?
1. Center Stage
Okay so dance movies are pretty much their own subgenre of popular fluff, but have genuine merit for the brilliant dance scenes and talented actors. Of course, this is all thanks to the Step Ups and You Got Serveds of the movie world. But go back a little, to this underrated gem of the year 2000, and check out one honest to goodness dance movie that just makes my heart flutter everytime I watch it. Critics panned it (“There is no real story!”), but I just love it so much. Maybe I’m a little bit biased ‘cos I’m not all into street and hiphop dancing, but the dancing in this is so fresh and original, and the story’s just so sweet! Sure, there’s no Channing Tatum, but there is a Sascha Radetsky, and many other famous faces from the ballet world. It tells of a soap opera-fied American Ballet Theater life, with pretty young ones dancing, making bad decisions, but pulling through in the end. Lol. It’s a coming-of-age tale sprinkled with friendlove and a little romance set in a ballet school context. This is the dance movie for anyone who’s ever had ballet in their lives. Those class and practice scenes will just bring back memories (“not enough turn out,” “from the hips,” “popo in”)! Btw, yes, that is the girl from PLL and Suits. And yes, that’s Zoe Saldana. Doing all their own dancing, and in their first film roles. Watch!!
Ugh couldn’t find a better quality vid of this full dance, but the individual parts are up on youtube, go check them out PLEASE:
2. Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging
Now this one I think actually fared pretty well on Rotten Tomatoes and has a bit of a cult following. If you watch the movie though, it’s all kind of stupid and super tweeny. The story has ridiculous plot points like the girl barkada rating each other’s attractiveness at a sleepover, awkwardly engineering meet-cutes with their crushes, having to have the best birthday party at a club (um hi aren’t you 13? HAHA), and the lead character getting everything she wants in the end ahahaha. There’s even a supposedly pivotal scene where the main “villain” crashes the lead’s party and makes the love interest choose between them, right onstage. The guy (Aaron Taylor-Johnson when he was still purely adorable and not creepy), who happens to be “cool” and in a band, chooses the lead girl and kisses her with a spotlight on, in front of her parents (again, aren’t you 13??? Loool.). It’s a quirky, almost campy movie overall that I guess makes it stand out. I like how they kept the adult characters normal and decent, offsetting the weirdness of the girls. :)) Disregarding the obvious generational dictation of the story (less reality more imagined, based on what older people might think of young girls), it’s a fun little movie. Almost like a cartoon. One that just pulls you in whenever you chance upon it – which is what happens to me everytime! Hahaha.
3. What A Girl Wants
Oh, Amanda Bynes. When she was still an up-and-coming Nickelodeon breakout star with serious teen idol potential hahaha. This was her first full-length movie I think. It had all the elements of a teen rom-com, that was right up there with every other I-need-to-know-who-I-am-but-first-gimme-a-cute-boy-and-can-I-travel-a-bit-and-can-I-have-a-special-snowflake-cinderella-moment movie created in that time. There’s a bonus fresh-faced Oliver James as the main love interest, a refreshing London setting, British stereotypes, a Michelle Branch-laden soundtrack, and a delusional storyline about royalty! What more can you want?! Oh and hello, can’t forget dashing Colin Firth, playing a Lord, who steals the show dancing in tight leather pants and floating into a garden party on a little raft. Almost wish he fell over and referenced a familiar P&P scene we all love hahaha. Extra points also for the Christina Aguilera-y title even if she has nothing to do with the movie. It’s a super cute fluff piece with an Olsen Twins-y movie plot but much better – perfect for the Princess Diaries set. Which I must admit includes me.
4. On The Line
This probably has more to do with how I AM A TRUE AND LOYAL NSYNC FAN and will not let anything they’ve done pass (except maybe the first album hahaha). That golden age of bubblegum pop still has a special place in my heart and Nsync/Britney/BSB still gets regular playing time in my iTunes. I don’t even remember the whole story of On The Line, but I remember that it’s when Lance was still pretending to like girls and was playing up his less-caricaturey-than-the-others image as an Nsyncer and tried his hand as a leading man to Emmanuel Chiriqui. I remember he had that quiet/sensitive/more serious image that Nsync fangirls branded him with. Hahaha. In the movie, I think he was an ad exec that had a ~viral~ story in the newspaper that helped him get the girl? And there’s a thing with a train station. Oh and you actually see a pretty good Joey Fatone who obviously can do more than just sing/dance as a secondary Nsyncer on stage. Some “behind the scenes” takes include Justin Timberlake playing a gay makeup artist, fixing up Lance Bass. Must-see in the after credits haha. It’s kinda funny that the whole movie was marketed more through the official album filled with Nsync, Mandy Moore, Britney, other 90s popstars, and an odd sprinkle of some Al Green, more than the actual story and movie-ness of it all hahaha. It was just the perfect fluff film for the late 90’s-early 2000’s MTV generation.
~I’m layin’ it… ON THE LINE to show you, I’ll never let you goooo~
OH ditto everything the previous line. But this is better than On The Line. Because Britney forever and always.
*All images and videos from Google and Youtube.