Thursday, June 1, 2023

Five Feel Good 90s Films to Watch on Netflix Right Now

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For most of us, the 90s seem like it was just five years ago. Who can still remember the unexplained predominance of bubble gum pink on the media, the crazy clothes (which oddly mostly revolve around either windbreakers, oversized shorts, or crop tops partnered with high-waist jeans), and even crazier hair (I’d rather not go into this one)? Oh, and there’s the unbelievable amounts of sugar too! On basically everything, they sell back then. 

It goes without saying, the 90s was a great decade. It was an era where the advent of digital technology and creativity met—giving rise to some of the best and most iconic original works that are still very much part of the popular culture today. It was also a much simpler time filled with movies that, unrealistic as their plots are, have this lightness and mood to them that never fails to bring smiles to countless 90s kids everywhere.

Thank heavens for Netflix! The streaming company not only brings us amazing original films and series, they also make it easier for anyone to take a quick trip down memory lane by hosting a myriad of films from past eras—including the 90s!

Let’s take a look at some of the no-fail happy 90s movies you can watch on it today. 

Men in Black (1997)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writer: Ed Solomon

Leads: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith

IMDB Rating: 7.3/10

Plot: Will Smith’s character, Jay, joins a secret service agency that’s basically like the Earth’s FBI for extraterrestrial life. He was eventually partnered up with Tommy Lee Jones’ character, Kay, who is a seasoned agent in the organization. Together, the two try to stop aliens from taking over the world and end up having to erase a couple of memories in the process. This movie was such a hit back in the summer of 1997 that it easily cemented the characters of the film in pop culture forever—coffee junkie alien worms included.

The First Wives Club (1996)

Director: Hugh Wilson

Writer: Olivia Goldsmith (novel), Robert Harling (screenplay)

Leads: Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Plot: Based on the bestselling 1992 novel of the same title, The First Wives Club follows the story of Elise (Goldie Hawn), Brenda (Bette Midler), and Annie (Diane Keaton) as they try to get back at their former husbands who left them for younger women. Reunited by the death of their college friend (and the fact that they’re all divorcees), the three not only help each other get the justice they deserve, they also end up establishing a way to help other women divorcees who were wronged by their husbands. The movie ends with one of the most fabulous song numbers ever filmed. Don’t trust me? Go look it up!

Groundhog Day (1993)

Director: Harold Ramis

Writer: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis, 

Leads: Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell

IMDB Rating: 8.0/10

Plot: Phil (Bill Murray) is a surly TV weatherman on an assignment in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities when he gets stuck in a time loop and is forced to repeat the same day over and over again. This film is nothing short of iconic and has inspired many other movies of the same concept in the years following its release. Bill delivers such a great performance and the movie can be likened to a string of great comedic scenes, delivering one burst of laughter after another.

Chasing Amy (1997)

Director: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith 

Leads: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

Plot: In this film, Ben Affleck’s character, comic book artist-slash-nerd living a basic frat-bro lifestyle, Holden, falls in love with a woman he’s met at a comic book convention, Alyssa, played by Joey Lauren Adams. The problem? She likes girls. This fact doesn’t stop Holden from pursuing Alyssa, and soon, a series of rather comedic events unfold. This film has all the makings of a quintessential 90s romcom but separates itself from the rest due to its great storyline.

Clueless (1995)

Director: Amy Heckerling

Writer: Kevin Smith 

Leads: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer, Stacey Dash, and Dan Hedaya

IMDB Rating: 6.8/10

Plot: Cher (played by Alicia Silverstone) is a beautiful and highly privileged girl from Beverly Hills who has always seen herself as a great matchmaker. She coaxes two teachers into dating and then proceeds to her next project—a new student named Tai (Brittany Murphy). She gave Tai a makeover and she soon becomes more popular than Cher. After a bit of inner struggles, Cher finally admits to herself that her intentions have always been misguided and starts to have romantic feelings for her stepbrother and overall nice guy, Josh (Paul Rudd). This is one of those films that just speaks to you on so many levels and never fails to deliver an important lesson and entertain.

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