10 Signs You’re Watching a ’90s Movie


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If you’re a “Real ’90s Kid,” chances are you watched a lot of movies. The decade that gave us Jurassic Park and Crystal Pepsi had more than its share of clichés and tropes. Here are 10 of the pre-millennial era’s most notorious.

10. Hackers

Before everybody and their Grandma was on Facebook, the Internet was something new and exciting. And also something that absolutely no one in Hollywood understood. ’90s movies almost always had “hacker” supporting characters spouting techo-babble that sounds like pure gibberish today.

9. Skaters and/or Surfers

We’ll throw these two into one entry because it was tough to spot a single ’90s movie that didn’t have somebody “gleaming the cube,” “ripping the curl,” or whatever it is that rollerbladers did.

8. Environmental Awareness

During the ’90s, Mother Earth was the hottest actress on the planet. (Well, after Claire Forlani. Yes, she was a popular actress. Google her, young ‘uns.) So we all got behind fixing the ozone layer and saving the whales. Suddenly the bad guy in every Steven Seagal movie was a crude oil baron and/or seal clubber.

7. Grunge Music

As the Seattle scene dominated the world of music, it was reflected in the casting of male leads wearing tons of flannel and sporting questionable facial hair. (See Reality Bites, Singles, Empire Records, etc.)

6. The Big Makeover Scene

It was literally impossible to find a teen movie in the ’90s that didn’t have a makeover scene where a previously nebbishy character was revealed to be a total hottie once she took off her glasses and let down her hair.

5. Don LaFontaine, aka “The Voice of God”

With his trademark “In a world…” opening, trailer voiceover king Don LaFontaine was associated with many of the biggest flicks of the decade. Yes, even Booty Call.

4. Liquid Metal

After the massive success of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the “liquid metal” effect pioneered in that film’s CGI was copied ad nauseum.

3. Natural Disasters

With Y2K looming, the ’90s were all about the end of the world, whether by earthquake, volcano, or massive meteorite crashing into the planet.

2. Product Placement

Marketing went bananas during the ’90s, with companies shelling out big money to get their brands on-camera. Good thing that trend went away…

1. The Cranberries

The Irish alt-rock group released their debut album in 1994 and for half a decade it was impossible to find a movie that didn’t have “Dreams” or “Zombie” on the soundtrack.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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