Not every teen movie of the 2000s reached Mean Girls levels of fame. In fact, there were tons–and I mean tons–that never really made much of a cultural impact. Or, whatever cultural impact they left was pretty short lived. Some of them were underrated gems, others…well…they were bad in the 2000s and they’re bad now. But hey, whether they were bad or not, not all of them deserve to be left in the dustbins of film history.
Okay. Some on this list do, but…that’s not the point.
From movies where pop stars tried their hand at acting, to flops that ended up producing some of the biggest stars of our generation, check out these 14 forgotten movies of the 2000s. If you’re overdue for a movie marathon with your friends, this is a list you’ll want to hit up.
1. The New Guy
A total “loser” wants to reinvent himself, so he gets expelled, learns a few tricks on how to be a badass in prison, and ends up at a new school with a reputation as a bad boy. What could possibly go wrong? Everything.
This is basically a teen thriller with a bunch of swimmers bodies. Okay, to be more specific it’s about a high school swim star who has a one-night stand with a girl who becomes way too obsessed with him and tries to seduce him. Wackiness follows this movie that is basically impossible to take seriously.
Britney Spears starred in this SHONDA RHIMES (yes, that Shonda) movie about a teen girl who hits the open road with her friends on an adventure to find themselves. Yeah, it’s as melodramatic as you’d imagine. Plus, well, there’s a reason Britney Spears isn’t an actress right now.
This movie is about a dude who is deemed uncool in college and basically has the hots for a really…cool girl. Yeah, not the most memorable plot, so maybe this movie is forgotten for a reason.
5. Win A Date With Tad Hamilton
A teen girl gets the opportunity of a lifetime after she wins a date with a big movie star. Unfortunately, her friend who has the hots for her is jealous and a love triangle ensues. I’m surprised this isn’t more of a classic, TBH.
6. Slap Her She’s French
I remember seeing ads for this movie way back when. It’s about a French exchange student who ends up being the most popular girl in school, the the chagrin of the girl who is hosting her. For some reason, it ended up going from a theatrical release to a straight to TV mess.
7. Orange County
Before Jack Black did School of Rock, he was a slacker brother of a guy who is mistakenly rejected from Stanford. The brothers decide to sort things out, and chaos ensues, obviously.
8. New York Minute
Mary-Kate and Ashley star in this, er, not-so-great comedy about two girls who hit the streets of New York City in an attempt to accomplish separate goals: one wants to try out for a college program, another wants to meet her favorite rock stars. Oh, and the dad from American Pie is in it.
9. Max Keeble’s Big Move
A troublemaker finds out that he is moving, so he concocts some last minute schemes that will make him infamous. Of course, things don’t all go according to plan, especially after he finds out he’s not really moving after all. This movie is so fun, it’s a shame that it’s not more popular.
10. Not Another Teen Movie
Chris Evans (yes, THE Chris Evans) stars in this high school parody movie that, well, parodies high school movies. It is widely considered a bad film, but honestly, it’s a lot more clever and funny than people give it credit for. Oh, and it’s crude AF.
11. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Based on the book of the same name, this movie tells the story of an extra AF city girl who thinks that the world revolves around her. Then she moves to the burbs and is even thirstier for attention than she was before. This is one of the last films Lindsay Lohan did in the 2000s before totally spiraling out of control. Unfortunately, it was…kind of a flop and isn’t even charming enough to be a cult classic.
12. Angus, Thongs, And Perfect Snogging
Based on the book Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, this coming of age movie about a girl going through the motions of crushes, puberty, and a hellish school life was actually pretty popular in the UK, where it was released in theaters. In the states, it only aired on Nickelodeon. It’s actually really cute and worth a watch, however.
13. 17 Again
The 2000s wrapped up with a Zeffron movie called 17 Again, in which a grown ass man gets a chance to start his life over. Why anyone would actually want to be 17 again, however, is a mystery.
14. Raise Your Voice
Hillary Duff starred in this weepy (and mediocre) teen drama bout a girl who gets a chance to perform at a performing arts school, but her life is riddled in tragedy. Oh, and she falls for a guy with really spiky hair.
Do you think any of these movies are woefully underrated? What other movies from the 2000s should be on this list? Tell us in the comments!