What a Girl Wants (2003)

In search for a cheesy teen movie, I stumbled upon this one: ‘What a Girl Wants’. And it ticks all the boxes for a cheesy chickflick teen movie from the 2000s. I’m actually surprised I haven’t seen this one before, since I was all about the crappy chickflicks in my childhood! We know there’s a wealth of cringe-worthy teen movies from the early 2000s out there: there’s been the hits, ‘John Tucker Must Die’, ‘The Princess Diaries’, ‘Wild Child’, and I could go on forever; and there’s been the misses, which in reality a lot of them become great in their cringe-worthy cheesiness anyway. The point is, I guess you either love them or you hate them, depending on the sole question: are you a chickflick fan? If not, stay away from yet another Amanda Bynes movie.

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Daphne (Amanda Bynes) has always been in search for herself, feeling like she doesn’t understand who she is when she doesn’t know her father – ring any bells? ‘Mamma Mia!’. In a search for who she is, she jumps on a plane and embarks on a journey she could never imagine. From New York to London, Daphne finds her father in a mansion with a gated entry as he is Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth – yes!). Finding herself in a parallel world, Daphne is convinced she must stay true to herself, but when it starts to have an impact on her new father’s political career, she realises a change might be what is best.

An American vs British teen movie, once again. However, happily I can announce that the overt stereotypes that come with this sort of film, wasn’t as dominant in ‘What a Girl Wants’ to usual teen movies of the same country clashes. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely showing a parallel universe between the two countries – America symbolising freedom to be who you want to be and Britain’s aristocratic lifestyle as a need to remain respectful in the public eye – but the stereotypes of tea and biscuits weren’t as present. I guess digging deeper there are some polar opposites that don’t reflect the reality of all British, but nonetheless, I don’t think the film was trying to say that regardless.

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‘What a Girl Wants’ is such a cheesy movie, with cringey moments that I just couldn’t watch the screen during. But there has to be a mention of Colin Firth’s dancing scene in the mirror, because it got me howling, it was definitely the funniest scene in the whole movie. If I could I would just watch that scene on repeat. It is such another soppy teen movie. Far from the best out there, for example the ones I’ve already named would come top of the list rather than this one. It’s a bad movie that becomes good with it’s cheesiness. Although, again, some of the cringey lines were just too much for me to handle. Obviously, it’s a comedy romance, Daphne doesn’t just find her dad in London…

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Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

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?

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

Another Cinderella Story (2008)

Before the 2011 ‘A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song’, the same director made this 2008 film, ‘Another Cinderella Story’, but instead of Lucy Hale, this one stars Selena Gomez. And you can see so many similarities between these two films, just if you’ve seen one rather than the other. But anyway, this film is based more upon the earlier Damon Santostefano film of the two. I have to be honest, this isn’t my favourite film and definitely not my favourite Disney remake. I do prefer ‘A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song’.

So another representation of the ‘Cinderella’ remake. This time, instead of a shoe that’s being chased by the male protagonist, it’s a dance partner, his perfect dance partner, that he (obviously) met at a masked ball. The main girl, Selena Gomez playing teenage Mary, dreaming to become a professional dancer. But the woman who adopted her, Dominque (played by Jane Lynch aka Sue Sylvester from ‘Glee’), she wants Mary to serve her hand and foot by doing anything she says. Plot twist, Dominque is a star herself, or so wants to be, so she has her own involvement with the main guy, different to ‘Cinderella’ I might add (even if the main guy doesn’t want involvement with Dominque). The main guy anyway, Joey Parker (Drew Seeley), a famous (and apparently loved by all girls) artist, a singer, but most importantly a dancer. Well the plot goes, he returns to school, which creates havoc, but he returns to “find himself again”, the person to help? Of course, Mary!

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A pre warning, this is definitely one of those cheesy chick-flicks. And possibly a bit of a crap one, it’s not the best, but hey I’ve watched it more than once… Sadly, it’s not the best acting, but it’s still ok. It doesn’t take much away from the film. I do want to say though Jane Lynch is brilliant, she is hilarious in it, quite alike to her ‘Glee’ character I might have to add, rude and harsh but in a funny way, she plays that sort of character well. I was quite enjoying this film, until my flat mate decided to google how old everyone was in it at the time it was made (noticing Selena Gomez looks incredibly young), and well to be honest it kind of ruined it. So thanks Becky!

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It’s another cheesy teen movie, soppy and predictable but a good time-waster and escapism (that’s if you like these sorts of films – if not, stay away!). It’s another Cinderella, with some good dance scenes and some funny moments. Selena Gomez is a good dancer, so why not put her in a dance movie?

Hannah Montana the Movie (2009)

Don’t judge me, but this has to be one of my favourite nostalgia cheesy films. I am 21 and I will happily sit and sing to this film, all day long. No regrets. It’s full off nostalgia from the series which I loved as a child and the film which came out 9 years ago now, crazy. Iconic characters return, such as Oliver (Mitchel Musso) and Rico (Moises Arias) making a glimpse appearance. Even recognisable stars such as Tyra Banks and Taylor Swift make a visit.

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The story goes: Miley (Cyrus – obviously) has lost herself, she is wrapped up in the Hannah world and instead hurts those around her, without realising. Her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) thinks the best thing to do is take her back to her roots. From the glitz and glam of Malibu, Miley is forced to return to Crowley Corners, her home in Tennessee. Visiting her grandma (Margo Martindale), Miley turns from the spoilt, obsessed Hannah who is quite hard to like at the beginning, to her old ways remembering what is important in life. Miley’s goes on a journey of chickens and horses, meeting an old family friend Travis (Lucas Till) and leaving the Hannah life behind for two weeks, on what her dad calls a “Hannah Detox”. We cannot forget her brother Jackson (Jason Earles) who of course is always there for the journey too, making his comical brilliance in all scenes he’s in. Additionally, the reliable best friend, Lilly (Emily Osment), is there is save the day.

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Personally, I love all the songs in this film. We are introduced to the first song as ‘The Best of Both Worlds’, foreshadowing the struggles of the best of both worlds. Then there’s the iconic scene of the barn dance in ‘Hoedown Throwdown’, which is great! They are classically Hannah Montana, again full of nostalgia from television. Finally, this is the film ‘The Climb’ came from, also a brilliant song. Plus, I cannot forget the emotionful ‘Butterfly Fly Away’ of father and daughter.

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In a family of secrets and lies, the film of course is extremely moralistic. It’s a film full of family love and being true to yourself. It is a teen film! Nevertheless, it’s a heart-warming, comical film. It’s a cheesy, funny, loveable film and I definitely love watching it. It has romance, drama, comedy and of course music. This is understandably a film of particular taste, but it’s just one of those feel-good chick-flicks. If you loved the series, watch as Miley has to choose between Miley and Hannah.