Not Another Teen Movie

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The Movie: Not Another Teen Movie

Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime

The Pitch: High school comedies and romances are spoofed, skewered and served up stupidly in this raunchy, hilarious parody that takes all the clichés of teen movies from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s and somehow makes them even more ridiculous. Watch as the likes of The Breakfast Club, Risky Business, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Clueless, Can’t Hardly Wait, Varsity Blues, Cruel Intentions, She’s All That, American Pie, Bring It On, 10 Things I Hate About You, Never Been Kissed, and even American Beauty are sent up at the aptly named John Hughes High School.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: A lot of spoof movies throughout the 2000s were absolutely dreadful. They either came from the Wayans brothers (who at least succeeded with the first Scary Movie) or the infinitely worse directing duo of Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, who delivered such painfully unfunny experiences as Date Movie, Epic Movie, The Starving Games, Meet The Spartans and Vampires Suck. Thankfully, Not Another Teen Movie arrived just before that abysmal boom, and even though it’s littered with some cheap gross-out gags and toilet humor, it’s mostly a satisfying, raunchy parody in the spirit of movies like Airplane!, The Naked Gun or Young Frankenstein where the genre itself was spoofed with great love rather than merely being an excuse to make lazy pop culture references that would be dated within the a few years. Read More »