7 Teenage Rom-Coms of the 2000s For Your Sappy and Cheesy Needs
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, February 13, 2020 2:37pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Long before Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky, there are certain movie characters that made our adolescents heart jump with kilig. These rom-com films actually became our basis for our first date, first kiss, and even marriage. Of course, as we grow old, we learn how to determine the reality from make-believe. But that doesn’t mean we give up on being hopeless romantic.
Let’s look back at these movies and rekindle our teenage idea of romance.
Princess Diaries (2001)
Directed by: Garry Marshall Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) wants to be invisible all throughout her high school life. But it would be impossible to do that when her paternal grandmother whom she never met tells her she’s a princess. With her new-found identity, she juggles the student life, unexpected popularity, and her feelings toward a certain boy in school.
Say it with us, Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldi, Princess of Genovia.
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Directed by: Dennie Gordon
What if the father you’ve never met turns out to be a nobleman in London? This is Daphne Reynolds’ (Amanda Bynes) princess-like story. While searching for her dad, Daphne met Ian Wallace (Oliver James), a handsome musician and she gets deeply enamoured by him. We bet you got all giddy when Ian sang “Long Time Coming.”
Mean Girls (2004)
Directed by: Mark Waters
This may not be a love story but if we're making a list of teenage comedies, Mean Girls is a definite contender. We couldn’t forget Cady Heron (Linsay Lohan) and her struggle to fit in since she is the new girl in school. Mean Girl is chaotically fun, especially when Cady falls for the Queen Bee’s boyfriend, Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennet). If you've memorized the movie's iconic lines by heart, there are more ways to express your love for this iconic film.
A Cinderella Story (2004)
Directed by: Mark Rosman
The title speaks for itself—this is a Cinderella story set in modern time. This is probably the reason why we had this belief that fairytales come true. Girls, we can’t blame you if you’ve once wished to have a prom dance like that of Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray) and Sam Montgomery (Hillary Duff).
Ice Princess (2005)
Directed by: Tim Fywell
A Physics geek, Casey Carlyle (Michelle Trachtenberg), finds out she has the talent for figure skating. Now it’s a dilemma between fulfilling her mother’s dream of getting her into Harvard or pursuing her dream as a professional figure skater. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without the competition and a cute boy on the side.
13 Going on 30 (2005)
Directed by: Gary Winick
We once hoped for the glamorous life of Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) when she turned thirty out of the blue—a luxurious apartment in New York and an editorial position in a big-time magazine. But as the film goes on, we would realize that there are certain decisions we would like to retake, if we could only turn back time.
Directed by: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Aquamarine made us realize that love is not just a romantic type. It also made us believe you get to meet a hot buy during a summer, befriend a mermaid, and you can have a pair of starfish earrings that will “compliment” you.
Grab your popcorn, call your friends, and relive those teenage years. With all the adulting stuff going on, you deserve a light watch and these films are definitely binge-worthy.