This was another chick flick classic of my childhood. I remember when this came out and it was one of the films to watch to understand the talks in school and the quotes – just like ‘Mean Girls’ was. ‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’ tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl, Georgia Nicholson (Georgia Groome), struggling with realistic teen stuff, silly stuff which means a lot at that age – such as boys, kissing and how to be grown up. In an embarrassing state she gets a lot wrong, trying to pretend to be someone she’s not, putting herself down and feeling competitive amongst friends. But of course, it’s a film to learn along the way, giving it a soppy, cheesy, but feel-good ending. But maybe the blast from the past is needed, rather than watching this as new?
Georgia is told by all her friends that “boys don’t like girls for funniness” and that beauty is everything. So when Georgia finds her first crush, Robbie (Aaron Johnson), she is determined to do anything to be noticed by him and to get onto the “kissing scale” as she and her best friend Jas (Eleanor Tomlinson) call it. Whether that be turning her legs orange or faking a missing cat scene, it becomes hilarious in her anxious attempts. Yet somehow becoming so understandable and realistic in teen years. Meanwhile, things at home in Georgia’s life become hard-hitting when her dad (Alan Davies) is offered a job in New Zealand.
I have to state: this is one of the definitions of a cringey film. Although, I still think it’s so funny, I didn’t think I would, thinking it was just cheesy comedy, but it got be laughing still now. The classic quotes are so nostalgic they bring back memories in the hilarity I used to find it. However, those cringey scenes, the kissing scene (you know if you’ve seen it) is still awkward to watch! This is why the film is probably more appreciated as a blast from a past, rather than a film to enjoy in all days.
‘Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging’ should not be lost in its mass of films. It’s a childhood classic, comical and full of nostalgia with a soppy fabulous ending which still gets me feeling great in the end! Plus, there are some great songs throughout, reminding me of The Stiff Dylans songs I listened to constantly after this movie came out. And I can’t believe I forgot Lenka’s ‘The Show’ existed! If this film rings a bell of memories in the teen years, watch it again, it’s still brilliant.