By A.B. Chesler, author and blogger
The '90s are back with a vengeance, and although I'd prefer to leave raver jeans in the past, nineties movies are totally my jam. With a combination of rich storylines and burgeoning special effects abilities, they often don't receive the credit they're due.
In this vein, I bring to you the nine nineties movies you need to re-rent. Because nineties movies are all that and a bag of chips, especially these ones!
Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Keith Coogan (some of the nineties' favorites) star in Toy Soldiers, the story of prep school rejects-turned-militia. The boys band together to combat a group of violent kidnappers that threaten their campus's safety.
This clever, action-packed movie is what '90s teenage boys' dreams were made of: freedom and fighting the man.
Every '90s lover can appreciate the rock anthem film that is Empire Records. The story follows the angsty teens and music lovers employed by a hardcore independent record store in the heart of Delaware.
It's a clear reminder of our favorite first job and the times of pinching pennies to buy CDs and DVDs. Ahh, those were the days. (1995)
Pleasantville is one of the most underrated gems to come from the end of the millennium. David (Tobey Maguire) is gifted with a magic television remote that takes him deep within the episodes of his favorite classic television show, but he quickly realizes things aren't quite what they seem.
It's a magical tale every film lover can appreciate for its cinematic beauty and poignant message. (1998)
If there's one thing the '90s got right.... it was their action films. A Low Down Dirty Shame is one of, if not the best in its genre. It follows the career of "Shame," a former cop-turned-private eye, one of two survivors in a shootout with drug Kingpin Ernesto Mendoza.
Years later, he and his assistant Peaches (a young and very feisty Jada Pinkett Smith) are hired by DEA agents to find the same man who cost Shame his career. But it becomes clear finding the truth is going to be harder than they expected. (1994)
No '90s list would be complete without a nod to the decade's King of Comedy, Mike Myers. He starred in 13 films in just under 10 years, but none compare to the dark comedy So I Married an Axe Murderer.
In it, he falls head-over-heels for a mysterious butcher (Nancy Travis), and offers us a massive list of some of the best movie quotes. EVER. (1993)
Another perk of the '90s were all the Rick Moranis films - they just don't make movie dads like him anymore. In particular, Little Giants is the story of Danny and Kevin O'Shea, brothers and longtime rivals.
When Kevin (Parenthood's Ed O'Neil) refuses to allow Danny's daughter to join his football team, Danny (Moranis) teaches us a thing or two about standing up for what's right. Thanks, Rick, for showing us that underdogs rule (even on the football field). (1994)
No other movie has captured the spirit of adulting better than Office Space. We've all felt the soul-crushing dreariness that is manning a desk job, and Peter (Ron Livingston) quickly becomes the unsung hero of all white-collar workers.
I mean, few can admit that "in a given week [they] only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work" and be promoted to upper management. Living legend. (1999)
It doesn't get any better than Patrick Swayze, Jon Leguizamo, and Wesley Snipes in drag. That is, unless you add in a bunch of other amazing actors, and the reminder that everyone is beautiful (even Blade in a Badgley Mischka). To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is the story of three fabulous men determined to let their inner queen shine. You go, girls. (1995)
Originally a Roald Dahl book, The Witches is the creepy tale of Luke, a vacationing boy who stumbles upon a convention of witches who despise children. He hears their plans to transform all kids into mice, and knows he's got to do something about it. The Witches may not have the best special effects, but the story alone will make a lifelong impression (like, duh, it's Dahl). (1990)
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books. Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/abchesler), Twitter (@abcauthor), or Instagram (@abc_author) for updates, giveaways, and much more!