Saturday, May 28, 2011

Class of '99

10 Things I Hate About You
Director: Gil Junger
Cast: Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik, Andrew Keegan, Larry Miller, Allison Janney
Released: March 31, 1999
Viewed in theaters: April 17, 1999

This is my tenth and final teen movie that came out when I was a teen. And I decided to save the best for last. Or, at least, my favorite. Have I seen this movie as many times as the number in the title? Definitely, if not more. Can I recite the lines verbatim? Pretty close, pretty close.

I love this movie so much, I think, because I have such fond memories of it. This is the movie that introduced millions of teenaged girls to Heath Ledger and I can attest that any female who was in high school/college when this movie was released has definitely seen this movie. I mean, who didn't swoon when he serenaded Julia Stiles on the bleachers? I remember when I was in college and this was one of the movies we watched for movie night in our dorm's lobby. There were, like, 25 girls and only 3 guys and of course all the girls had already seen the movie. Hilarious. I remember all the girls were being all fan-girlish when Heath walked into Club Skunk wearing leather pants and of course, when he sang Can't Take My Eyes Off of You. 

Best scene ever! 

Tommy Solomon and Alex Mack:
Cutest Couple
Here's a quick plot synopsis: Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the new kid at school and he wants to go out with Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik - I have no idea how to say her last name; I've always pronounced it "oily neck" but I don't think that's right! ) who isn't  allowed to date because of her father's strict rules, but he tells her she can date when her older sister, Kat (Julia Stiles), does. Only problem is nobody likes Kat because she's a "heinous bitch" who hates everybody at her school. Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan) is the school's part-time model and full-time douche bag who also wants to date Bianca so he can "score" with her. Cameron and his friend Michael try to recruit somebody who will be brave enough to take Kat out and they enlist the mysterious Patrick Verona (Ledger) who has a questionable reputation. They then get Joey to pay Patrick to take Kat out so he  can go out with Bianca, then tell Patrick that they are doing this for Cameron and not for Joey because he's only a pawn. So while Joey's paying Patrick a hundred bucks a date, Cameron and Michael are gathering intel from Bianca about her sister which they in turn give to Patrick so he can get on her good side and she'll want to go out with him. It makes more sense when you watch the movie, trust me.

I don't think Kat and Patrick would have ever made it as a couple in real life. She was insulted when he didn't kiss her back in the car, but I have to side with him because he didn't want to take advantage of her being so drunk, then after he sang to her and everything was looking good again, they got into a fight about going to prom and he said that she needed therapy. I sided with her because that's just not cool. Then Kat decides to forgive him and they go to prom and that's when the big secret is revealed and she finds out that he was being paid to take her to prom. Of course all is forgiven at the end of the film and they kiss and make up. But they don't discuss the fact that she's going to college in New York while he'll most likely stay in Seattle. Yeah, we can kiss that relationship goodbye...

In case you didn't know, I should mention the film is based on the Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew (which I've never read, but really, why do I need to?) and the title of the film refers to a poem Kat reads at the end of the movie.

Is there a party scene? Affirmative. 
Is there a prom scene? Affirmative. 
Is there a football scene? Negative.
Is there a makeover scene? Negative.
Is there a scene where all the different high school cliques are being shown? Affirmative.
Was this movie spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie? Affirmative. The main guy sang "Janie's Got a Gun" because the main girl's name was Janie and everyone freaked out because they thought Janie had a gun. They also spoofed the poem.

Do I own the soundtrack/favorite song - Yes, I like "The Weakness in Me" by Joan Armatrading and "Even Angels Fall" by Jessica Riddle. The best song that's not on the soundtrack is "Just Be Good To Me" by SOS Band. (I also have a rare cover that Mariah Carey performed live in Japan - that was back in the good old days of Napster.)

Darkest scene -  I would say when Bianca punches Joey twice in the face and then knees him in the groin, but that was more hilarious than anything, so I'll say when Kat finds out she was being used as a bet. (Hmm, we've come full circle to She's All That!) 

Favorite line - "There's a difference between like and love: I like my Sketchers, but I love my Prada backpack." - Bianca. I also get a good chuckle everytime the guidance council (played by a pre-West Wing Allison Janney) asks, "Judith, what's another word for engorged?" when she's writing her steamy romance novel.

Favorite character -  Ms. Perky is great. Allison Janney is only in about three scenes, but she's hilarious in all of them and you wish she had more screen time. 

Favorite scene -  Duh, I like the scene where Heath Ledger sings to Julia Stiles! 

Hey, it's the '90s! - Bianca watches The Real World, there are mentions of Dawson's Creek, Marilyn Manson, and the Spice Girls. Also, fliers are used to announce a party. Yes, FLIERS! No Facebook or texting for these freaks who went to high school in 1999! 

And now you've waited for it. The #1 reason why the class of 1999 is the best graduating class of all time. I won't rehash the other nine reasons why it's such an awesome year because you can just go back and read them in my other reviews (and most of them were pretty lame, I will admit). 

So 1999 is the best graduating year of ALL TIME because not only are we the last graduating class of  the nineties, but we are also the last graduating class of the century and millennium. Now before you nitpick and whine that technically 2000 was the last year of the century and millennium, I know that, but to me the clock starts over when you reach 999 and flips to 000, so therefore I count 1999 as the end. Everybody celebrated 2000 as the millennium anyway, except for, like, supernerds.  SO IT TOTALLY COUNTS!!!! Besides, class of 2000, you can brag that you're the first graduating class of the century and millennium. (Sorry, class of 2001). 

Friday, May 20, 2011

Are you ready to go back to high school?

Never Been Kissed
Director: Raja Gosnell
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Michael Vartan, David Arquette, Mollly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Leelee Sobieski
Released: April 9, 1999

This is the only teen movie I've reviewed where the main character isn't a teenager (notice I said character and not actor). Drew Barrymore plays Josie Gellar, a mousy editor at one of the large newspapers in Chicago (I forget which one) who is assigned to go undercover as a student and check out what high school kids are up to and what they think is relevant. So 25-year-old newspaper editor Josie transforms into 17-year-old high school senior Josie and enrolls at a nearby public school where Jessica Alba and James Franco are students.

Her boss (played by John C. Reilly before he became well-known) wants her to befriend the popular kids because he thinks they're where the stories are. The one problem with this is that Josie isn't sure how to do this because back in her high school days, she wasn't just painfully unpopular, but was also unaware of how nobody liked her and it just made me cringe because I've known people like this in my lifetime. She was called "Josie Grossie" by the other students and was subjected to a very cruel joke when the boy she had a crush on asked her to the prom. Of course any person could see he was going to play a horrible prank on her, except for her (and her equally dorky friend) and he ends up throwing eggs at her when he drives by her house in the limo with his real date. Ouch.

Mean girls
At first, Josie befriends a nerdy girl played by Leelee Sobieski who invites her to be part of the school's math club, the Denominators, but has to ditch her when her boss tells her to befriend the popular girls.

Michael Vartan (who is also very familiar with playing people going undercover) plays the English teacher, Mr. Coulson, who becomes very smitten with his "student", Josie. It becomes a tad creepy because, remember, he thinks she's 17! Since Josie is always wearing a hidden camera, everyone at the newspaper is always watching what's going on and her boss wants her to do a story about student-teacher relationships. I don't understand why Coulson was so mad when he found out the truth about Josie. Okay, so he probably wasn't happy that she was planning on writing a story about his inappropriate relationship with a student, but she wasn't going to do that in the first place, and she's 25, not 17! He should be happy that he wasn't flirting with a 17 year old!

He doesn't stay mad at her very long and realizes that he's in love with her and she gets her first real kiss and finds her first true love. Awww.

Is there a party scene? Affirmative. 
Is there a prom scene? Affirmative. Their prom was really weird, though. They were going to go with the theme "The Millennium", but once they found out another school was also going  to have the same theme (gasp! "The Millennium" as a prom theme in 1999???), they decide to change it to "Famous couples in history" and people come to the prom dressed as couples such as Romeo and Juliet, Mary and Joesph, the hare and the turtle...but that's not all. Josie's brother (David Arquette, who is also posing as a student) dresses up as Tom Cruise from Risky Business, so he's wearing no pants; a group of guys come dressed as the Village People, so they're wearing no shirts, Jessica Alba and her clique come dressed as Barbie and one of them is Malibu Barbie so she's only wearing a bikini. Leelee Sobieski and her nerd group come dressed as strands of DNA. WTF? This is the prom, not a Halloween dance! You wear formal crap to prom, not costumes! 
Is there a football scene? Negative, but baseball is an important plot point to the film.
Is there a makeover scene? Affirmative, but it's shown off-screen. Josie makes herself over when she enters high school (again). 
Is there a scene where all the different high school cliques are being shown? Negative, the only two main cliques there were shown were the popular kids and the nerdy kids. 
Was this movie spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie? Affirmative. They have this woman who is obviously in her 50s pose as a high school student. 

Do I own the soundtrack/favorite song - Yes, the soundtrack is really good and the best part is I got it for free because my friend burned it for me, yay! I like all the songs, but my favorites include "Candy in the Sun" by Swirl 360, "Erase and Rewind" by the Cardigans, "Lucky Denver Mint" by Jimmy Eat World, and "Watching the Wheels" by John Lennon.

Darkest scene - Definitely the cruel joke that was played on Josie when she was in high school. Even though they tried to play it for laughs, it was pretty brutal. Most disturbing scenes were Mr. Coulson hitting on his student.

Favorite line - When Leelee Sobieski tells Josie that she wants to go to Northwestern, Josie says, "I went there! Uh, I mean, I went there to use the bathroom once." 

Favorite character -  I enjoyed Molly Shannon's character who worked with Josie.

Favorite scene -  It was totally a cliche, but I did laugh when Molly Shannon's character comes by the school to visit Josie and it just so happens that a guest speaker is supposed to talk to the students about sex-ed during English class (why English class, I don't know) and Mr. Coulson sees her and mistakes her for the guest speaker. It was much, much funnier than the time Gwynnie the Pooh was on Glee and was teaching the kids about sex through freaking singing. Ughhhh.

Hey, it's the '90s! - Cell phones look ridiculously outdated,  soundtrack is very '90s, several shoutouts to the class of '99 :-)

And speaking of shoutouts to the class of '99...

1. Many teen/high school movies came out in 1999.
2. The song  that told people to "party like it's 1999."
3.  Buffy Summers is an alum from the class of '99.
4. Bella Swan is not a graduate from the class of '99.
5. "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals was released when the class of '99 were seniors.
6.  "Graduation Song" by Vitamin C may have been released for the class of 2000, but it was recorded and probably written in 1999, so I like to think that she got inspiration from the class of '99 for that song.
7. At my school, our class was the last who could leave campus for lunch as freshman.
8. Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" was released in the spring of '99 and has advice for graduating students.
9. While there were many teen movies that came out in '99, it was also a great year for movies in general.

Okay, I know I'm reaching with some of these reasons, but I'm saving the best for last!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Two-Eleven-Double O

Bring It On
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union
Released: August 25, 2000

I'll admit it: before I saw this movie I thought that all cheerleaders did were wave their pom-poms, jump around a bit, and yell "Go, team go!" at football games, and wear cutesy matching outfits. I would not count cheerleading as a sport, but more of a recreational sport like golf or bowling. Let's be honest: cheerleading is pretty lame.

But then I saw this movie and I had a new respect for cheerleaders. Like Eliza Dushu's (or, "The Dushku" as my brother likes to call her) character, Missy, I didn't know there were cheerleading competitions where cheerleading squads compete against each other and make up their own routines with insane gymnastic moves and with precise coordination. Now that's what I call a real sport!

This movie has a cult following with cheerleaders. Or at least, I'm pretty sure it does. There's a really funny scene in Fired Up (that really stupid movie where two boys pretend to be cheerleaders so they can spend the summer at a cheerleading camp) where all the cheerleaders are watching Bring It On and they're reciting every line. It's so funny. I love the gay kid who says, "I love that Jesse Bradford kid! No, really, I love him!"

Hey, it's Glory!
The Toro cheerleaders at Rancho Carne High School in San Diego are the best squad in the country and have won the nationals for several years now. Their captain has graduated from high school and now the torch has been passed to senior Torrance Shipman (played by Kirsten Dunst) who now must make sure their squad continues their winning streak.

You know how in Glee it seems like the only class they have is glee class and all the other subjects are ignored? That's exactly like Bring It On. I think you only see Torrance in one class.

When one of their teammates is taken out due to an injury they hold auditions for a new member and end up choosing Missy, the new girl from L.A. When she sees the girls perform a cheer, she gets all haughty and drives Torrance all the way to L.A. (102 miles!) and when they get to a school in Compton (and they just HAPPEN to arrive right at the moment to see the Clover cheerleading squad performing), they're doing the exact same cheer the Toros were and Torrance suddenly realizes that her predecessor had been stealing the Compton Clover's cheers all this time and they've been winning the competitions with stolen cheers and moves.

Game on! 
Suffice to say, they are pretty screwed and must come up with a whole new routine and cheer in order to qualify for the nationals which takes place in Daytona Beach, Florida, on February 11, 2000 (the meaning of my title in case you were wondering). And let me just say, the routines are the best part of the movie and are excellent and fun to watch.

Meanwhile, Torrance begins to have a romance with Missy's brother, Cliff (Jesse Bradford) who makes her a mixed tape (tape?! Now by 2000 I'm pretty sure we had evolved to CDs!) even though she's already dating this goober of a guy who's now in college and cheating on her with women in their 40s. Hmm, guess who she will end up with?

This movie is a lot of fun to watch, but even more surprisingly, it's actually really good for a teen movie. I've seen it at least six or seven times and I never get bored with it. Soon I'll be able to recite it verbatim like those cheerleaders in Fired Up! 

Is there a party scene? Of course not! These girls are too busy cheerleading to party! 
Is there a prom scene? Of course not! These girls are too busy cheerleading to attend dances!
Is there a football scene? Of course. The joke is that the football team is awful while people come to see the cheerleaders.
Is there a makeover scene? No, unless you count Missy's off-screen makeover from L.A. tough girl to cheerleader.
Is there a scene where all the different high school cliques are being shown? No
Was this movie spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie? Yes, "It's already been brought-tan" is one of the most memorable lines from that film.
Do I own the soundtrack/favorite song - I own the soundtrack and my favorite songs are "Anywhere USA" by PYT, "See Ya" by Atomic Kitten, "Jump Up" by  Da Beat Bros, "Freakin' You" by Jungle Brothers, and even though it's not on the soundtrack, it is featured on the trailer, so I'm gonna count "Happy Boys and Girls" by Aqua because that song is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. (I mean, anything by Aqua is awesome...)

Darkest scene - Cliff tells two boys in his class the last school he went to the kids brought guns and homemade bombs. What, did he transfer from Columbine?! This does take place during the '99/'00 school year....oh, wait, he's from L.A.

Favorite line - It's hard to choose a single one, but I do love "Cheerleaders are dancers....who have gone retarded!" 

Favorite character -  I like Missy and Cliff - Missy because she tells it how like it is, and Cliff because he's cute and cool. For a minor character, Torrance's little brother is really funny, although he kinda reminds me of my brother (even though mine is older). Like Justin, my brother also likes to provoke (I've still never gotten over the time he kept throwing this blue Nerf football at my friend and me) and do gross things like fart right in front of you.

Favorite scene -  The Toro's and Clover's routines at the end and I also love the cheer at the beginning. 

Hey, it's the '90s! - Yes, this movie came out in 2000, but the first half of it takes place during the latter months of '99. I already mentioned the mixed tape (which is more '80s...), there's also Torrance's felt '99, '98, and '97 numbers she has on her walls (presumably cheer-related). In the scene where Torrance is riding in her boyfriend's car, her hair is done up in little barrettes. I remember wearing my hair like that in the '90s! It wasn't often because it took forever to do, but it sure brought back memories...

Torrance may have been a graduate of the class of 2000, (a very respectable graduating year) but I'm going to give you another reason why the class of '99 is still the best ever:

1. Many teen/high school movies came out in 1999.
2. The song  that told people to "party like it's 1999."
3.  Buffy Summers is an alum from the class of '99.
4. Bella Swan is not a graduate from the class of '99.
5. "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals was released when the class of '99 were seniors.
6.  "Graduation Song" by Vitamin C may have been released for the class of 2000, but it was recorded and probably written in 1999, so I like to think that she got inspiration from the class of '99 for that song.
7. At my school, our class was the last who could leave campus for lunch as freshman.
8. Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" was released in the spring of '99 and has advice for graduating students.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


American Pie
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy, Seann William Scott, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Tara Reid
Released: July 9, 1999
Viewed in theaters: July 31, 1999

If you like immature and raunchy movies, this one is for you! As far as my rankings for the teen movies I've reviewed thus far, I would only put it ahead of She's All That and Drive Me Crazy (both of which I didn't care for), but below everything else. There are some genuinely funny moments, but the gross-out scenes outrank the funny.

The movie's premise is pretty simple: four senior guys make a pact to "get laid by graduation". Kevin is the only one of the four who has a girlfriend, so the other three have to make their move. Finch goes around spreading rumors about himself that gets girls interested in him, Oz joins the school choir because he learned from a college girl he dated that he should look and appear sensitive at all times, and Jim, the main character, goes after Nadia, the foreign exchange student who is way out of his league, so instead he has to settle for going to prom with Michelle, the band geek.

As you can guess there's plenty of embarrassing scenes Jim finds himself involved in and his dad walks in on every single one! You think he would learn to lock his door! Or not assault a pie in the kitchen in the middle of the day! At least find some privacy in a bathroom or your bedroom!

Most people who've seen this movie when it came out twelve years ago, only remember three scenes: the disturbing pie scene, Finch and Stifler's mom, and the band camp joke. Oh, and maybe the Sherminator. Everything else is pretty forgettable. For instance, I had totally forgotten about the odd porno style music that is used throughout this movie during the more risque scenes.

Is there a party scene? Yes
Is there a prom scene? Yes, and they hired the most tacky band ever!
Is there a football scene? No
Is there a makeover scene? No
Is there a scene where all the different high school cliques are being shown? No
Was this movie spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie? Yes, the opening scene where he's watching a porn-o and his parents walk in is spoofed and I'm sure there were other scenes spoofed.

Do I own the soundtrack/favorite song - No, and  the only song I remember from the film is "One Week" by BareNaked Ladies, a song I do like.

Darkest scene - There are no dark scenes, but I think we can all agree on which the most disturbing is!

Favorite line - "This one time, at band camp -"

Favorite character - the Sherminator! I felt kind of bad for him when the girl humiliated him in front of the whole school! 

Favorite scene - The one where Jim's dad is showing Jim those porno mags is pretty funny.

Hey, it's the '90s - Jim's computer and webcam look like prehistoric artifacts!

And to continue my list of why '99 is the best graduating class:

1. Many teen/high school movies came out in 1999.
2. The song that told people to "party like it's 1999."
3. Buffy Summers is an alum from the class of '99.
4. Bella Swan is not a graduate from the class of '99.
5. "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals was released when the class of '99 were seniors.
6.  "Graduation Song" by Vitamin C may have been released for the class of 2000, but it was recorded and probably written in 1999, so I like to think that she got inspiration from the class of '99 for that song.
7. At my school, our class was the last who could leave campus for lunch as freshman. The following year freshman were no longer allowed to do this! (Sidenote: this is probably more because we caused too much trouble and not because we're special just because we're the class of '99, but hey, I'm gonna count it!)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

We don't need no education

The Faculty
 Director: Robert Rodriguez
Cast: Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Clea Duvall, Jordana Brewster, Robert Patrick
Released: December 25, 1998
Viewed in theaters: January 6, 1999

This teen high school set movie is a little different from the five past teen movies I've reviewed because it's also a horror/sci-fi movie that just happens to be set in a high school with teens as main characters. Of course the title implies that the faculty of this high school in Ohio is also very relevant to the plot. An impressive array of well-known names make up the school's faculty: Robert Patrick is the football coach, Bebe Neuwirth is the principal, Famke Janssen is the English teacher, Piper Laurie is the drama teacher, Jon Stewart is the science teacher, and Salma Hayek is the school nurse.

The faculty of "The Faculty"
Something strange has happened to the teachers and most of the students at the school. They're acting unusual and the only students who haven't seemed to be affected by it are geeky newspaper writer Casey (Elijah Wood), gothic outcast Stokely (Clea Duvall), vain cheerleader Delilah (Jordana Brewster), captain of the football team Stan (Shawn Hatosy), Marybeth, the new girl (Laura Harris), and Zeke (Josh Hartnett) the cool loner kid who sells drugs and other contraband from the trunk of his car. All these characters are important to the story in one way or another, but it's Wood and Hartnett who are the lead characters.

When Casey finds some unusual slug-like creature on the football field they discover that it can multiply it's somehow infesting itself in the bodies of the faculty and students that brainwashes them into infesting even more people until world domination by this species is inevitable. You know, just another typical day at high school!

They find out that the aliens are susceptible to Zeke's homemade scat so the only way one can prove they're not an alien is to snort the drug. I won't spoil anything, but let's just say they find out that one of them isn't exactly who they say they are.

They figure the only way to stop the whole thing is to kill the queen and once they get her, then everyone will turn back to normal. Their first thought is that it must be their principal, so they head back to the school where everybody in town is there for a Friday night football game.

Now I had no idea who the queen was when I first watched this, but after seeing it a few more times, it just seems so obvious because they do give you clues about who it is. I even caught a new clue when this person says something to another character that indicates that they are, in fact, really an alien and not a human.

This movie has its flaws, but it is a lot of fun. It's not supposed to be taken seriously and it knows that. The only thing I hate is the ending. It always irritates me that Zeke is now a football player (it just goes against his character) and while I'm glad Stokely scrubbed all that crap off her face, it's as though she went from shopping at Hot Topic to the Gap. She has a boyfriend now, and all of a sudden she has to wear pastel colors? WTF? But the change that irks me the most was Casey. He went from the endearing nerd to the smug douche bag that you want to punch in the face! He was the one who defeated the queen alien and became famous because of it and apparently got a big head. Ironically, the one character that would benefit from a change the most was the one who didn't change at all: Delilah. She started the movie as a conceited bitch and ended the movie as a conceited bitch. I love the movie, but the ending! URGH! Always pisses me off!

Is there a party scene? No...unless you count them getting high as a party scene...but I wouldn't. 
Is there a prom scene? No
Is there a football scene? Yes and they have fireworks! Fireworks! At a small Ohio town high school! 
Is there a make over scene? No, unless you count the makeover of Casey becoming a douche and Stokely's wardrobe 180.
Is there a scene where all the different high school cliques are being shown? Each character represents a different clique, so yes.
Was this movie spoofed in Not Another Teen Movie? IMDb says it is, but I can't remember which scene(s) is/are spoofed.

Do I own the soundtrack/favorite song - Yes, my favorite songs include the cover of "Another Brick in the Wall" (which I didn't know was a cover at the time because I'm an idiot), "The Kids Are Alright" by the Offspring, and "Stay Young" by Oasis. All the songs are pretty good, actually.

Darkest scene - Oh, where do I even begin? I could choose the the scene when the coach impales the principal's hand with a pencil or when she's stabbed with a pair of scissors multiple times by another teacher or when she's shot in the head by Zeke (man,  that principal sure got a lot of abuse!) Hmm, I'll have to go with her getting shot in the head only because when they kill her they're not sure if she was really an alien and may have just committed murder...but of course she was an alien. Whew! 

Favorite line - Kevin Williamson wrote the script so there's plenty of good one liners to choose from including Robert Patrick's campy "Please report to the principal's office" line, but I always laugh when Delilah says, "Casey, when did you become Sigourney Weaver?"

Favorite character - Zeke. Zeke is just the epitome of cool. Pre-ending Casey is a close second.

Favorite scene - Football scene is cool with the fireworks and "Not Another Brick in the Wall" playing. I also like the scene when they're in Zeke's basement and have to prove to one another they haven't turned into aliens.

Hey, it's the '90s! -  Tommy Hilfigure wardrobe, reference to Independence Day,  students shooting their teachers (well, there was a lot of that when I was in high school!), nobody has a cell phone.

Another reason why the class of '99 is the most awesome class of all time:

1. Many teen/high school movies came out in 1999.
2. The song  that told people to "party like it's 1999."
3.  Buffy Summers is an alum from the class of '99.
4. Bella Swan is not a graduate from the class of '99.
5. "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals was released when the class of '99 were seniors.
6. The ultimate graduation song, the aptly-named "Graduation Song" by Vitamin C may have been released in time for the class of 2000, but it was recorded and probably written in 1999, so I like to think that she got inspiration from the class of '99 for that song :-) You know, because we are so, so, so awesome.