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14 Unforgettable Truths About Being A Movie Fan In The '90s

Why exactly did you see so many Pauly Shore movies?

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1. Nobody prepared you for Macauley Culkin's character dying in My Girl.


These were the days before the internet, so you knew nothing about the plot. You just waltzed into the theater thinking, “Yay! Another movie with that cute, funny kid from Home Alone!” Then you left basically needing therapy — because no one warned you!

3. You thought Jim Carrey was pretty damn funny — but you didn't think your classmates' endless Jim Carrey impressions were.

Warner Bros./New Line

Kid in period one: "Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world? Aaaaargh!"

Kid in period two: "Oooooh, somebody stop me!"

Kid in period three: "Alllllllllllllllllrighty then!"

You in every period: "STOP! JUST STOP!"


5. You were crazy about Beverly Hills, 90210, so you raced out to see the first movies by the cast...and you were NOT rewarded for your dedication.


Dude, Brandon Walsh, WTF was Calendar Girl? And Dylan McKay, Terminal Bliss was more like interminable miss.

7. You almost always won your Oscar pools because you always bet on the period piece for Best Picture.


Only 2/9 of the decade’s Best Picture Winners (bolded below) were set in the present day:

1990 — Dances With Wolves

1991 — The Silence of the Lambs

1992 — Unforgiven

1993 — Schindler’s List

1994 — Forrest Gump

1995 — Braveheart

1996 — The English Patient

1997 — Titanic

1998 — Shakespeare in Love

1999 — American Beauty


8. You loved Election, but hated not being able to talk about it because pretty much no one else had seen it.


If people are going to be real, so many of the '90s movies people love today — like Swing Kids or Empire Records — went unnoticed at the time, so you were constantly left hanging trying to have conversations about them. Again, you couldn't jump on the internet to discuss them!

10. You watched Drew Barrymore go from an edgy, troubled former child star into loveably goofy actress/producer extraordinaire and you were here for it.

11. It was the golden age of baseball movies — A League of Their Own, Rookie of the Year, The Sandlot, Angels in the Outfield — the list goes on and on.

20th Century Fox/Columbia/Disney

Also of note: When you saw Gary Busey in Rookie of the Year he seemed like a totally normal dude. Watch it now and you're like, "Is that really Busey?"


12. You absolutely knew one (or ten) Tarantino fans who talked your ear off about wanting to go to film school.


The easiest way to shut them up was to say, "Film school, huh? You do realize Tarantino never went, right?"

13. If you went back in time and told yourself that Meg Ryan and Wesley Snipes had all but disappeared from the movies by 2017, you wouldn't have believed it.