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27 Extremely Important Life Lessons We Learned From "Empire Records"

The movie that was a box office bomb when it opened on September 22, 1995 has since become a cult classic. In honor of the 18th anniversary of all things Rex Manning Day, let's take a look at the many things Empire Records taught us, which are still useful, years after Gwar and plaid miniskirts were past their prime.

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1. It taught us why it’s important to support your local businesses.

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2. As well as the value of money.

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3. That you will be held responsible for your own actions.

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4. And that though we can't heal the world, it doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

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5. We learned who Rex Manning is...

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...and that he has his own day!

6. But that doesn't mean he's not a serious creeper.

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7. It taught us that any b-word + head = like, really serious mudslinging.

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8. That M&M's are really helpful decision-making tools.

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9. That music can be dangerous.

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10. That haircuts can be incredibly therapeutic.

11. And that it's important to confront friends who are hurting.

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12. We learned that sarcasm is the common language between everyone, including "Sinead O'Rebellion" and "The Turbo Slut."

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13. That going to the bathroom together really does allow girls to bond.

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14. Also, there's always a loophole.

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15. Oh, and shoplifters are people too.

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16. You should never feel the need to explain your art to anyone.

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17. And don't worry, everyone will get his/her comeuppance.

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18. We learned that some bosses do sincerely care.

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19. That everyone has his/her breaking point.

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20. And that if at first you don't succeed...

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... try, try again.

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21. Also, sometimes getting what you asked for sucks.

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22. And people aren't who you think they are.

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23. And god could be a woman!

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24. We learned you have to stand up for what you believe in.

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25. That facing your fears is totally worth it.

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26. And that dancing is the solution to everything.

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27. And when it's not, pot brownies are.

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