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21 Teen Movies With Brilliant Secret Details That Make Them Even More Fun

In The Breakfast Club, the nerd's license plate says, "EMC 2" and the jock's says, "OHIOST."

In my definitely-not-humble opinion, teen movies are one of the best genres of them all (suck it, biopics). So, in honor of their greatness, here are 31 small details in teen movies that make them even better.

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1. In The Princess Diaries, there is a lovely reference to Pretty Woman.

This is the full moment in The Princess Diaries.

Mia is signaling for a toast by hitting her knife against her glass, she breaks the glass, the server comes over and says, Excuse me, she says, I'm really sorry, and he says, It happens all the time
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2. Cher's report card in Clueless is a gem hidden in plain sight.

You can see above that some of Cher's grades have been changed. She made that happen, as she says to her father, "Totally based on my powers of persuasion. You proud?" He responds with, "Honey, I couldn't be happier than if they were based on real grades."

3. In Superbad, Fogell – aka McLovin – already bought the friends sambuca.

Here's the moment where Seth demands Fogell do better this time.

Seth says, We're gonna get alcohol for the whole party, okay, we put a lot of time into this list, so don't fuck it up and get sambuca again
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4. In Mean Girls, there is a specific type of necklace the queen bee wears.

5. And you know how hoop earrings are Regina's thing? Well, after Cady usurps the crown, she wears hoop earrings.

6. But at the end of the movie, Gretchen is finally wearing some hoops.

Here's Gretchen's whole hoops moment.

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7. Adult Jenna's apartment in 13 Going on 30 looks just like the apartment in an article she read when she was 13.

Kudos to the production design department for not making this furniture noticeably dated to either 1987 or 2004.

8. These license plates in The Breakfast Club aren't simply irrelevant license plates.

E=MC² ("EMC 2") is Einstein's formula for a specific relationship between energy and mass. Ohio State ("OHIOST") is a university famous for its athletic program's success.

A close-up of the license plates
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9. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Michelle is reading a book with a somewhat familiar premise.

Of course, Peter Parker, Spider-Man himself, was an orphan raised by his aunt and uncle.

10. In 10 Things I Hate About You, one of the teachers sustains his arrow injury.

Bianca accidentally hits him with her arrow when she lets go to talk to Joey.

11. Mr. Worth from Love, Simon wears a pin to show his support for Simon.

12. In Back to the Future, the drummer at the school dance in 1955 plays in a swing style because he doesn't know about rock drumming yet.

OK, yes, Back to the Future isn't really a teen movie, but, like, also, it is. Marty McFly is a teen, and so are his parents! Plus, one could argue the film is a coming-of-age story. Certainly the trilogy basically is. In conclusion, Back to the Future counts as a teen movie — admit it...or are you chicken?

13. This license plate from A Cinderella Story partially reads, "2SAM," foreshadowing the fact that Sam actually owns everything her father left behind.

This is totally unrelated, but let's take a moment to celebrate this line from A Cinderella Story, one of the best lines in anything ever: "Sweetheart, now that you're old enough, there's something I've always wanted to tell you and I think you're ready to hear it: You're not very pretty, and you're not very bright. I'm so glad we had that talk."

14. In Dope, there is a connection to The Wood, another movie made by director Rick Famuyiwa.

15. Students in Fast Times at Ridgemont High smell their papers to get high from the ink.

16. Ester Dean, the actor who plays Cynthia-Rose in Pitch Perfect, was one of the writers of "S&M" by Rihanna —∫ a song her character sings in the riff-off.

Dean was also a writer of "Come & Get It" by Selena Gomez, "All Things Go" by Nicki Minaj, and "Countdown" by Beyoncé, to name a few.

Here's the full riff-off scene.

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17. Mark, the potential father in Juno, dresses more and more like Juno throughout the movie.

In case you forgot, Mark develops feelings for 16-year-old Juno and connects with her as a way to make himself feel better.

Here's the wonderful, hard scene where Mark's Mark-ness comes to a head.

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18. To All the Boys: Always and Forever gives a small shoutout to another movie Lana Condor, who plays Lara Jean, starred in.

19. In Napoleon Dynamite, the farmer shoots a cow because Grandma needs steak.

20. Miles Morales' spidey-sense in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse goes off before Gwen Stacy's and Peter B. Parker's do.

If you don't view Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as a teen movie, I get it, but I'm keeping it on this list.

21. In 13 Going on 30, the same material is used for Younger Jenna's blindfold, Older Jenna's eye mask, and Older Jenna's infamous dress.

22. The Eighth Grade end credits are a microscopic view of a laptop screen.

23. In this Clueless scene, Lucy, the Horowitzes' maid, is hiding from Cher's father.

24. Mr. Keating's yearbook picture in Dead Poets Society is Robin Williams' real yearbook picture.

25. At the big party in 10 Things I Hate About You, Nigel with the brie is indeed the (first) person at the door.

Here's the full moment.

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26. Mia's fall on the bleachers in The Princess Diaries is genuine. Anne Hathaway slipped in a puddle.

Hathaway later said of the film and its director Garry Marshall, "If it was good, it was in the movie. He didn't care where it came from, he didn't care what happened."

27. One of the scientists on the wall of Peter's classroom in Spider-Man: Homecoming is Bruce Banner.

For all you Marvel illiterates out there, Bruce Banner is a scientist in that world. He is also the Hulk.

28. The tape Marty plays for his dad in Back to the Future is specifically an Edward Van Halen tape and so not a Van Halen tape.

29. In Pitch Perfect 3, it's revealed that Lilly was born in Area 51.

30. The stepsisters in A Cinderella Story wear the same colors as the original stepsisters in Cinderella.

31. And finally, in Mean Girls, the idea of being hit by a yellow school bus is seeded multiple times.

Regina George is hit by a school bus later on in the movie.

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