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.
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.