r/AskReddit Dec 03 '21 Helpful 1 Silver 1

What is the most '90s movie ever?

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u/IntoTheMystic1 Dec 03 '21 Silver Helpful Wholesome

Clueless

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u/Kuriakon Dec 03 '21

Ugh. As if!

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u/j_macd Dec 03 '21

Oh, that was way harsh, Tai.

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u/Cags1979 Dec 03 '21

You're a virgin who can't drive. The ultimate insult!!

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u/dachshundaholic Dec 03 '21

I had another thought, but yours is actually the right answer.

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u/honeyxBrii Dec 03 '21

I am totally buggin

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u/therealpanserbjorne Dec 03 '21

LUUUUCCCYYYYYYY!!! Where’s my white collarless shirt from Fred SEGAL?!?!?

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u/TheClownHasNoPeni5 Dec 03 '21

“Eyeah nadda Messican” slams down bottle on counter

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u/Den_M_83 Dec 03 '21

“Great, what was that all about?” “Lucy’s from El Salvador” “So?” “So, it’s an entirely different country” “What does that matter?” “You get mad when anyone thinks you live below Sunset”

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u/TheClownHasNoPeni5 Dec 03 '21

“So, the flannel shirt deal. Is that a nod to the crispy Seattle weather or are you just trying to stay warm in front of the refrigerator?” This was my pager greeting and I still know it by heart. I’m having a proud moment in my old age

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u/NotTheGreatPumpkin Dec 03 '21

"This was my pager greeting" has to be the most 90's phrase ever :)

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u/Snoo97809 Dec 03 '21

“My plastic surgeon doesn’t want me doing any activities where balls fly at my nose” 😂

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u/BoltenMoron Dec 03 '21

well there goes your social life

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u/ChickenDelight Dec 03 '21

Starring a then-37yo Paul Rudd.

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u/DrFunkensteinberg Dec 03 '21

I know this is a joke but he was 26 that still seems crazy

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u/Batmanlover1 Dec 03 '21

Independence Day. Cheesy, semi serious at times, and ends with the main characters smoking cigars.

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u/Begle1 Dec 03 '21 Starry

I stand by my statement that Independence Day represented the absolute peak of American power, hubris and self-confidence on the world stage. It's been all downhill from there.

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u/Begle1 Dec 03 '21

Our president was flying a fighter jet, blowing up aliens, saving the world... I was a young child when that movie came out, but I genuinely don't think the majority of Americans saw it as satire, whereas the rest of the world was rolling their eyes out of their heads. An amazing piece of culture.

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u/JamJarBonks Dec 03 '21

"The Americans have a plan"

"Well it's about bloody time"

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u/juanml82 Dec 03 '21

Enter 2020:

"The Americans have a plan"

"Oh, shit"

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u/obsequia Dec 03 '21

Drone strikes Luxembourg

'Unfortunately we thought Luxembourg was a terrorist camp in Yemen. We apologize for this unfortunate mistake'

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

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u/firedrake1988 Dec 03 '21

I COULD HAVE BEEN AT A BBQ!!!

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u/Princess-Kropotkin Dec 03 '21 Silver Masterpiece Out of the Magic Portal

Hackers

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u/GalahadEX Dec 03 '21

It's got a 28.8 bps modem!

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u/Ricky_Rollin Dec 03 '21

I freaking love this line. Think about the way that line is delivered. That wasn’t what just was out at the time, that was probably considered the most top-of-the-line that not everybody had yet.

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u/coker22 Dec 03 '21

I had a 9600 baud modem at the time and I got fucking HARD when I heard that.

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u/Ricky_Rollin Dec 03 '21

Man I got so fucking lucky growing up in that time. Pops worked for the CDC and every time they would update their computers which was basically once a year, he got to take home the old one and he’d give it to me. This perk included modems and oddly enough free batteries. Think AA and AAA. At the time 28.8 was blazing fast but keep in mind a lot of the Internet was test based.

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u/GooberBuber Dec 03 '21

I was hoping somebody would say this. So much about this movie oozes 90s, like how they thought their “screen names” were so kickass like Acid Burn and crash override. And how they thought rollerblading was the coolest shit ever. I love every second of it.

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u/TungstenChef Dec 03 '21

As a fan of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, Acid Burn and Crash Override are still kickass!

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u/Gryphin Dec 03 '21

The fun part is, if you were somewhat hip to the hacking scene and zines of the day, you caught a lot of in-jokes and name drops. Cereal Killer's real name drop in class of Emmanuel Goldstein made me do the memeshot of pointing at the screen. As did the Dude dude dude dude handle scene.

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u/NPB_Picks Dec 03 '21

hAcK tHe PlAnEt

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u/HesSoZazzy Dec 03 '21

HACK THE PLANET!

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u/Cymiril Dec 03 '21

My computer information tech teacher played Hackers for us senior year. She skipped the part where Angelina Jolie is topless. :'(

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u/vidicate Dec 03 '21

Is there a version I haven’t seen? You can see her open shirt for a split second (a couple frames?), dimly, teenage me recalls

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u/ATribeCalledTrek Dec 03 '21

43:43 is the timestamp. Don't ask why I remember.

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u/AllYouNeedIsAPenguin Dec 03 '21

For the sake of peer reviewing, I can confirm and add that it's about 12 frames long

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u/farklespanktastic Dec 03 '21

This. A lot of these films could be made today as 90s film throwbacks. Hackers could only be made in the 90s.

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u/tombosauce Dec 03 '21 Helpful

No way. Data centers are still made up of glowing towers displaying all the stored files and manned by security experts on skateboards

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u/Cool_Dark_Place Dec 03 '21

It's been a while, but does "hacking" still look like flying through a 3D virtual reality maze?

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u/Deadlifts_n_Riffs Dec 03 '21

WTF else would it look like?!?

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u/Popka_Akoola Dec 03 '21

Yes. Yes it does.

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u/andtheyweresinging Dec 03 '21 Starry

Reality Bites

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u/Echterspieler Dec 03 '21

Reality bites is the most gen x phrase ever

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u/XmasJ Dec 03 '21

The most yuppie-ish movie ever that captures the essence of being a young adult in the '90s.

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u/designdesigndesign11 Dec 03 '21

I want to see it again now!! I loved Ethan Hawke.

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u/Kellyros Dec 03 '21

21 year old me seeing that movie in the theater had a very different opinion about the main characters than 46 year old me when I watched it on tv a few years ago.

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u/flibbidygibbit Dec 03 '21

I had the same revelation with Ferris Bueller. 14 year old me is cheering him on. 40 year old me is actually angry at this spoiled brat. What happened to me?

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u/tchrbrian Dec 03 '21

You were wishing for a car but received a clarinet...

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u/_bridge_ Dec 03 '21

Cruel Intentions

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u/zanmato1109 Dec 03 '21

This was my pick: adults playing teenagers that don't act like teenagers in a New York untouched by 9/11 and the Great Recession, cocaine seeming like a big deal, first-base lesbianism seeming like a big deal... and Placebo.

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u/sentient_parsnip223 Dec 03 '21

That's a really good one! The soundtrack alone is 90's as heck.

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u/pulp-fictional Dec 03 '21 Platinum Wholesome Vibing

Empire Records

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u/pursuitofleisure Dec 03 '21

Not my favorite movie of the 90s, but definitely the one that captures the feel of the decade best. There's even a post credits bonus music video with the Gin Blossoms if memory serves

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u/sneakyplanet Dec 03 '21

What’s with today, today?

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u/ambasciatore Dec 03 '21

I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.

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u/wino_whynot Dec 03 '21

I worked at Suncoast in the 90’s. This was 100% NOT on the authorized list of movies we could play. So, we played it EVERY DAY.

Also, fuck Titanic.

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u/PM_MAJESTIC_PICS Dec 03 '21

WHO GLUED THESE QUARTERS DOWN??

I did.

What the hell for??

I don’t feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.

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u/pulp-fictional Dec 03 '21

The first bar I managed, I superglued one quarter to the floor in every bathroom stall…7 years later they’re still there and that gives me great pleasure.

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u/kjan1289 Dec 03 '21

Let me explain it to you. Mitchell's the man. I'm the idiot. You're the screw-up. And we're all losers. Welcome to music town

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u/the_421_Rob Dec 03 '21

Empire records open till midnight… MIDNIGHT!!! slams phone down

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u/Skylineviewz Dec 03 '21

I think this one wins. A movie about a cd/record store under threat of being taken over by the chain cd/record monopoly with the full grunge attire to boot. Man I miss the 90s.

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u/pulp-fictional Dec 03 '21

Damn the man! Save empire!

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u/laduquessa Dec 03 '21

Brought us Rex Manning Day!

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u/TrixicAcePolyamEnby Dec 03 '21

April 8th, every year, karaoke, all Empire Records songs.

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u/CDC_ Dec 03 '21

This is the correct answer. Other movies might be more “iconic” or seen by more people, but Empire Records is the quintessential. The 90s in a microcosm, if you will.

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u/CDC_ Dec 03 '21

Why don’t you all just fffffade away.

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u/ImaginaryStudent9097 Dec 03 '21

I absolutely, emphatically second this!

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u/Armageddon_Blues Dec 03 '21

I listened to the soundtrack so much when I was young

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u/all_in_one_word Dec 03 '21 Bravo Grande! Endless Coolness

Can't hardly wait.

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u/flibbidygibbit Dec 03 '21

Nobody drink the beer! The beer has gone bad!

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u/fccdmrh Dec 03 '21

So he’s kinda tall and wears shirts.. sometimes?

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u/leonardfurnstein Dec 03 '21

Prestoooooonnnn!

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u/yeahyouknow25 Dec 03 '21 edited Dec 03 '21

You know who else I like that didn’t get much play? Velma from Scooby Doo. She was a hip, hip lady.

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u/DeadEyeMcS Dec 03 '21

Watched it the other day and realized one of those stoner dudes was Jason Segal!

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u/AnyUsernameWillDo10 Dec 03 '21

Hey guys, what would you think about a reunion? Nothing big, some new songs…mostly old stuff?

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u/dead-crimson Dec 03 '21

The Craft

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u/madame-brastrap Dec 03 '21

YES! For those too ~alternative~ for Clueless and routinely hung out in the occult section of Waldenbooks at the mall.

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u/notmycircus_atx Dec 03 '21

Light as a feather

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u/cornfedpig Dec 03 '21

Reality Bites. My friends and I idolized Ethan Hawke’s slacker character Troy and we all wanted to be him so badly.

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u/WanderingGenesis Dec 03 '21 Wholesome

Mortal Kombat. It has everything. Fun fights, bad puns, early cg, a controversial property tied to it, its rated PG 13, but most importantly of all, it ends with this song

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u/toxictaru Dec 03 '21

Which leads great in to "Hackers" (as has already been mentioned in this thread) for functionally opening with that very same song!

Nothing screams the 90s like Orbital's Halcyon.

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u/bennothemad Dec 03 '21

Man, the mortal kombat soundtrack was amazing. Fear factory, kmfdm, traci lords, type o negative... It was my introduction to metal and industrial techno.

Excuse me while I go listen to nostalgia

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u/uwroo Dec 03 '21

Clerks

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u/_EagerBeaver_ Dec 03 '21

There's a million fine looking girls in the world. But they don't all bring you lasagna to work. Most of them just cheat on you.

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u/Cool_Dark_Place Dec 03 '21

Wait a minute, did he just say "making FUCK?!?"

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u/maybepants Dec 03 '21

MY LOVE FOR YOU IS LIKE A TRUCK

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u/donniedarko955 Dec 03 '21

I’m not even supposed to be here today!

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u/tr0nvicious Dec 03 '21

Hey you're not allowed to rent here anymore!

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u/shellwe Dec 03 '21

I feel that mall rats is far more 90’s. Especially since something like that couldn’t be realistic long after that point.

With clerks being black and white it feels more timeless.

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u/APeacefulWarrior Dec 03 '21

At this point, Mallrats is more like a historical document. Sort of like Smokey & The Bandit. A record of a pop culture blip that came and went quickly.

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u/G0PACKGO Dec 03 '21 edited Dec 03 '21

Mallrats is a video about escalator safety , it does get a little off track In the middle though

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u/DaBake Dec 03 '21

Having just rewatched both, completely agree. It even seems intentional. The Hartford Whalers on Sega NHL 94 alone instantly dates the movie.

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u/spaceman757 Dec 03 '21

That fact that the malls are populated by teenagers instead of seniors trying to get their steps in dates it even more.

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u/thenisaidbitch Dec 03 '21

Thirty seven?!!!

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u/Zip_Zoopity_Bop Dec 03 '21

In a row?!

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u/Gogo726 Dec 03 '21

Try not to suck any dicks on the way to the parking lot!

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u/stud_powercock Dec 03 '21

Hey you, get back here!

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u/Hunterslane86 Dec 03 '21

I don't watch movies.

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u/Pope00 Dec 03 '21

Well what about these two?

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u/hoetted Dec 03 '21

Oh they suck

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u/FightBackFitness Dec 03 '21

they’re the same ones!

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u/Hownowbrowncow8it Dec 03 '21

I don't appreciate your ruse, ma'am

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u/RowThree Dec 03 '21

You're not allowed to rent here anymore!

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u/timmyisserpico Dec 03 '21

YEEEEAAAAHHHHHH!!!

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u/opinionsarecoolmaaan Dec 03 '21 Silver

Encino Man… buuuudy.

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u/Scevs Dec 03 '21

yo mr morgan if your still on edge cuz i was weezin on your grindage just chill , cuz if i had the whole brady bunch thing happenin over at my pad i’d go grind over there so dont tax my gig so hard core cruster.

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u/goofytigre Dec 03 '21

Wheezin' tha ju-uice...

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u/Wild-Yard-8307 Dec 03 '21 Wholesome

So I Married an Axe Murderer

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u/mindfungus Dec 03 '21

There’s this character in a story I’m reading named “Harriet”, and every time I see her name, I can’t help but think of “Harriet, Sweet Harriet. Un-Trust-Ing. Un-Know-Ing. Un-Love-Ed?”

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u/Crustymix182 Dec 03 '21

Hard-hearted harbinger of haggis.

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u/Effingehh Dec 03 '21

“They make me horny, sat-ur-day morny”

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u/Daymareman Dec 03 '21

"Look at the size of that boys head, its like an orange on a toothpick"

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u/Strong-Patience-2759 Dec 03 '21

It’s like Sputnik… spherical, but quite pointy at parts

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u/eastbayted Dec 03 '21

Woman. Woe-man. Whooooah man!

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u/dendiverdown Dec 03 '21

We gotta piper down!

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u/donniedarko955 Dec 03 '21

Heeeeed...get my pants

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u/lilflopflop Dec 03 '21

She stole my heart and my cat

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u/The_Soapmakers Dec 03 '21 Silver

Airheads has to rank up there.

Fraser, Buscemi and Sandler. Radio was still sort of relevant.

Farley in a guest role?

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u/Tobias_Flenders Dec 03 '21

Lemmy is God.

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u/Birkin07 Dec 03 '21 edited Dec 03 '21

“What side did you take, Halen or Roth?”

“Van Halen.”

He’s a cop.”

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u/cb148 Dec 03 '21

I ain’t fartin on no snare drum.

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u/Deadlifts_n_Riffs Dec 03 '21

And Lemmy.

He’s the guy in the crowd who yells something like “I edited my school newspaper!”

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u/Responsible_Figure12 Dec 03 '21

The Fifth Element

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u/lone_cajun Dec 03 '21

Multi-pass

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u/BlueViper20 Dec 03 '21

— Korben... Korben, my man, I have no fire. I have no matches. Do you have any? I stopped smoking. Father, you smoke? Got some matches? We need some fire. We're going to die!

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u/dodongicepick Dec 03 '21 Helpful

The first Jumanji. Now that film is awesome.

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u/Mad_Scientist_Senku Dec 03 '21

Surprised no one’s said space jam

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u/MachReverb Dec 03 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

Singles

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u/texistiger Dec 03 '21

As a child of the ‘90’s…THIS movie wasn’t my favorite BUT has the most ‘90’s sound track.

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u/Mariska_vanDriel Dec 03 '21

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective

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u/blackout-loud Dec 03 '21

Warning: Assholes in mirror are closer than they appear!

-Jim Carey

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u/lickytoeshoes Dec 03 '21

Your gun is digging into my hip.

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u/clogging_molly Dec 03 '21

Einhorn IS Finkle

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u/runandgunn44 Dec 03 '21

Einhorn is a man

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u/ikindalold Dec 03 '21

"Excuse me, is Greg here?"

Concertgoer continues to headbang

"Thank you"

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u/ripvannwinkler Dec 03 '21

Dooooo NOT go in there!

still use that after a big poo

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u/CODM_Queen Dec 03 '21

Can’t Hardly Wait

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u/ghostsintherafters Dec 03 '21

Friday

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u/opensandshuts Dec 03 '21

Friday is so good. And so 90s.

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u/mshell734 Dec 03 '21

Happy Gilmore

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u/BoJackB26354 Dec 03 '21

The price is wrong…bitch.

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u/Valen258 Dec 03 '21 Helpful

Horror(ish) - Scream

Teen - Clueless

Rom Com - Four Weddings and a Funeral

Action/thriller- Patriot Games

Sci/Fi(ish) - Jurassic Park

Kids - Home Alone

Edit - spacing. I always forget the spacing on the mobile app.

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u/Mukor Dec 03 '21

On the one hand, Scream has generally aged pretty well. On the other, it includes a police chief asking a murder suspect “What are you doing with a cellular telephone, son?” and if that isn’t peak 90’s I don’t know what is.

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u/ok_chaos42 Dec 03 '21

Hook. Something about that film just makes it feel like the 90's. So magical. Miss you Robin.

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u/buckut Dec 03 '21 Wholesome

my gramma recorded Hook on vhs waay back when, i watched every other weekend for yeaars, along with ninja turtles 2, til the tape wore out and she ended up getting me a real copy. i had a whole bunch of Hook action ficures n everything. watching it now makes me smile still, i get to see robin save the day and brings up some good memories of ol gramma G.

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u/DaSachmo Dec 03 '21

Yeah and I want pizza every time I see the intro to Secret of the Ooze

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u/Armageddon_Blues Dec 03 '21

I was talking about the meal scene the other day. I've always wished we could do that in real life. Such a great movie!

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u/k_shills101 Dec 03 '21 edited Dec 03 '21

The Crow

I mean the soundtrack alone is a 90s classic

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u/Buwaro Dec 03 '21

Tommy Boy

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u/kbelly55 Dec 03 '21 edited Dec 03 '21

Did I catch a “niner” in there? Are you calling from a walkie-talkie? Always cracks me up…

Edit: fixed autocorrect typo

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u/TriangleBasketball Dec 03 '21

Hey I can get a good look at a t-bone by sticking my head up a butchers ass but I’d rather take his word for it.

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u/ZombieShellback Dec 03 '21

No, wait, it has to be YOUR bull...

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u/phinbar Dec 03 '21

A lot of people go to college for seven years.

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u/Buwaro Dec 03 '21

Yeah, they're called doctors.

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u/Outnabout3535325 Dec 03 '21

Robinhood Men In TIGHT tights.

Always roaming the forest looking for fights! We maaaaay look like paaaansies but don't get us wrong or else we'll put out your lights!

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u/OddExcuse6505 Dec 03 '21

Buffy The Vampire Slayer with Kristi Swanson & Luke Perry.

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u/ChiAnndego Dec 03 '21

Romeo+Juliet. That soundtrack was everything.

Kids. It's spooky how much of that movie was accurate to growing up in the city.

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u/Cherrybomb1387 Dec 03 '21

I rewatched that recently on a whim & damn I like it more now than I did back then. It was a good adaptation to probably my least favourite Shakespeare play. Also anything with Radiohead in the soundtrack is a thumbs up for me.

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u/YoitsJaydos Dec 03 '21

Trainspotting, especially the soundtrack

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u/scrumtrulesent4567 Dec 03 '21

3 ninjas

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u/DaSachmo Dec 03 '21

Where are those little boogers? If I was a little booger where would I be? Mom and Dads room!

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u/jw27 Dec 03 '21

There's Something About Mary

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u/wildblueheron Dec 03 '21

10 Things I Hate About You

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u/DANCE5WITHWOLVE5 Dec 03 '21

Very late 90s, almost early 2000 for me.

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u/Cool_Dark_Place Dec 03 '21

Yeah...they are almost 2 different eras. Early to mid 90s grunge era was more subdued, cynical, apathetic. Somewhere around 97, things quickly changed to more colorful, upbeat, "poppy"... almost like the 80s were starting again.

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u/solstargazer Dec 03 '21

Dumb and Dumber, Peak Carey. That or Speed

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u/Minute-War2034 Dec 03 '21

I think it was called the bus that couldn't slow down.

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u/The_Basic_Shapes Dec 03 '21

Mrs. Doubtfire

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u/classicrocker95 Dec 03 '21

She's All That

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u/SquilliamFancySon95 Dec 03 '21

It doesn't get much more 90's than a choreographed dance number to Fatboy Slim

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u/Ninjabonez86 Dec 03 '21

Re but she has glasses... And a ponytail... And paint on her jeans!!!!

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

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u/MedusaStone Dec 03 '21

The first Men in Black movie.

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u/LumpySpacePrince88 Dec 03 '21

The Fugitive. Harrison Ford growling that he didn't kill his wife. Tommy Lee Jones being all Tommy Lee Jonesy about checking every warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse.

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u/EERJJ Dec 03 '21

A Goofy movie

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u/lukas_the Dec 03 '21

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

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u/ithinkimlost17 Dec 03 '21

Terminator 2

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u/arvigeus Dec 03 '21

Terminator 2 is timeless.

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