Films That Formed the Tween Collective Unconscious of the Y2K Era

Welcome to Sleepover Cinema, where we analyze the films that created the collective unconscious of the girls and gays of the late 90s and early 2000s.

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde

Sleepover Cinema | S:5 E:10
It turns out that all we need to unite our vicious two-party political system is gay dogs on both sides of the aisle....
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500 Days of Summer

Sleepover Cinema | S:5 E:8
Dust off your cruiser bike and your Urban Outfitters record player… we’re going back to 2009 with “500 Days of Summer.”...
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Bring It On: All or Nothing ft. @theafternoonspecial

Sleepover Cinema | S:5 E:7
A usual suspect of any ABC Family weekend lineup, “Bring It On: All or Nothing” is infamous, and not just for its haunting krumping scene....
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Switching Goals

Sleepover Cinema | S:5 E:6
We’re busting out the Sam’s Club Mary-Kate and Ashley DVD trio value pack again to talk about 1999’s “Switching Goals!” Watch the video version ...
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Alice in Wonderland ft. Tina Majorino

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There’s a pretty high chance your memories of this movie feel more like half-recollected (and eerie!) childhood dreams… and for good reason....
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Napoleon Dynamite ft. Tina Majorino

Sleepover Cinema | S:5 E:4
Tina Majorino— AKA Deb, the girl with the side ponytail who drinks 1% milk— joins us to talk about this career highlight and much more, even dropp...
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Lilo and Stitch

Sleepover Cinema | S:5 E:3
Trojan Horsing an extremely beautiful and nuanced story story via an external shell of intergalactic mischief, “Lilo and Stitch” will rip your hea...
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Sydney White

Sleepover Cinema | S:5 E:2
In this VERY loose adaptation of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” our beloved Amanda Bynes is Not Like Other (Freshman) Girls on her college ca...
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Read It and Weep

Sleepover Cinema | S:5 E:1
Kicking off our fifth season, the classic 2006 DCOM “Read It and Weep” asks the essential question: what would YOU do if your incredibly shady, sl...
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Titanic

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:17
If you haven’t been emotionally ravaged by 1997’s “Titanic” in someone’s basement, have you really lived?...
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Jennifer’s Body ft. Joey Donatelli

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:16
A movie whose misaligned marketing was nearly as lethal as its main character, 2009’s “Jennifer’s Body” has earned cult classic status for bisexua...
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Barbie as Rapunzel

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:16
Buried deep in air-conditioned basements across the US, there are thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of copies of 2002’s “Barbie as Rapunzel...
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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:15
Tibby, Carmen, Bridget, and Lena are here to further stretch out their beloved pair of jeans, and our concept of what a "functional" friend group ...
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Clueless

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:14
Amy Heckerling’s 1995 dreamscape “Clueless” is a movie we’ve both seen dozens of times, and to the great benefit of our creative spirits....
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The Notebook

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:12
A Too Hot James Marsden, whitewashed depictions of the American South, and of course, a heartbreaking (manipulative?) framing device featuring the...
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The Swan Princess

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:11
As one of the dustiest and deeply unvisited relics of our childhood, 1994’s The Swan Princess is one we were very eager to return to....
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:10
A surprisingly specific film to be the most successful romcom of our time, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” made us feel soooo grown up when we first sa...
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Scooby Doo

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:9
While it’s not as gay as we want it to be, we all still love 2002’s live action adaptation of the cartoon classic, “Scooby Doo.”...
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Charlie's Angels

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:8
Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Cameron Diaz… Bill Murray? You already know it... it's 2000’s “Charlie’s Angels.”...
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Madeline

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:7
A plucky red-headed girl orphan saves the day once again… but this time, in Paris, AND with Frances McDormand!...
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Cadet Kelly

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:6
Is this the story of a liberal NYC mother-and-daughter’s totally unprompted radicalization? Or is this a very subtle, tongue-in-cheek, subtext-hea...
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Thumbelina

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:5
A haunting piece of Sleepover Cinema’s “collective unconscious,” 1994’s “Thumbelina” is a much-pondered gem of our canon....
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Billboard Dad

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:4
A decidedly adult-centric tale centered around the romantic exploits of an artist and his dastardly… fine art dealer?...
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Eloise at Christmastime

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:4
Another timeless classic from The Wonderful World of Disney, “Eloise at Christmastime” has everything we need....
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Camp Rock

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:2
In a post-High School Musical world, Disney Channel had a lot to live up to....
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What a Girl Wants

Sleepover Cinema | S:4 E:1
We’re kicking off season four of Sleepover Cinema with true classic: 2003’s What A Girl Wants starring Amanda Bynes....
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Two Big Announcements!

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Yes, we’re on our between-season break, BUT we needed to just pop in for a sec!!!...
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Hairspray

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:18
With an absolutely divine ensemble cast, 1960’s-flavored bops, and a surprisingly tender performance by one John Travolta, 2007’s Hairspray is an ...
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Chicago

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:16
As the sole film (perhaps!) responsible for the movie musical renaissance of the mid 000s, 2002’s Chicago is THE overachiever of its genre and tim...
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Hocus Pocus (Live!)

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:15
Drag queens love it for a reason!...
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Sweeney Todd

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:15
The first R-rated many of us dared to see, star-studded with nearly every villain from the Harry Potter franchise, this one is for the emo theatre...
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RENT

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:14
If you did youth theatre in the mid-000s (and especially if you considered yourself edgy), you already know it well— 2005’s RENT....
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Annie

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:12
With the holy warmth of Ms. Audra McDonald and a character canonically referred to as “daddy,” 1999’s Annie is made-for-TV perfection....
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High School Musical 2

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:12
We’re celebrating the end of summer with a quick trip to Lava Springs Country Club....
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The Phantom of the Opera

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:11
Our musical mini-season kicks off to a melodramatic start with 2004’s “The Phantom of the Opera." Turn your face away from the garish light of day...
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First Anniversary Spectacular!

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We talk best and worst movies upon rewatch, answer juicy listener questions, and debate whether or not we had the 90s Barbie airplane as children....
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Easy A ft. Movies That Raised Us

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:9
Emma Stone was THAT GIRL for young millennials, and there’s perhaps no better example of her It-ness than 2010’s “Easy A.”...
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Mean Girls

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:8
You know every line, whether you like it or not. It’s finally time for 2004’s “Mean Girls” to take center stage on Sleepover Cinema....
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Holes ft. Yhara Zayd

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:7
Featuring multiple instances of vigilante justice, and what turns out to be a not-so-subtle allegory for the prison industrial complex, Holes does...
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Bend It Like Beckham

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:6
Now, we aren’t normally here for sports movies… but for 2002’s “Bend It Like Beckham,” we’ll make an exception....
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Saved!

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:5
With a Mandy Moore filled with righteous fury, problematic wheelchair usage, and just a sprinkling of gay nonsense, “Saved!” absolutely reeks of 2...
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The Devil Wears Prada ft. Emma McGuigan

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:4
This movie has made an indelible mark on the world of cozy girls’ night movies (almost as much as the color cerulean in trickle-down fashion philo...
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Enchanted

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:3
2007’s “Enchanted” signaled the beginning of polarizing era of Disney content: the reign of the “self-aware” princess....
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Juno

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:1
In a Sleepover Cinema first, 2007’s “Juno” is an indie critical darling documenting the unplanned pregnancy of a precocious sixteen year old....
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The Parent Trap

Sleepover Cinema | S:3 E:1
With camp-based hijinks, a solid A on the Bechdel Test, and just a sprinkle of comp het, this movie won the hearts of millions....
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Pt. 2: Legally Blonde ft. Mom!

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:17
Was mom awareness of the feminism inherent in the blonde bimbo trope explored in 2001’s “Legally Blonde?”...
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Pt. 1: Legally Blonde ft. Mom!

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:16
2001’s “Legally Blonde" was first shown to us by our mom one fateful evening in approximately 2004....
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13 Going on 30

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:15
With a sad adult Mark Ruffalo and seemingly the biggest soundtrack budget in film history, there’s much to discuss, and that, we do....
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Hannah Montana: The Movie

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:14
It ain’t about how fast I get there, it ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side… it’s 2009’s “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”...
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Barbie as The Princess and The Pauper

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:13
2004’s “Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper” is part gripping cinema, part ubiquitous basement background noise for a generation....
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Jump In!

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:12
Double dutch, wildly unsubtle use of stunt doubles, and rated-G discussions of toxic masculinity in tact… what do we think?...
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School of Rock ft. Rivkah Reyes

Sleepover Cinema | S:1 E:11
2003’s “School of Rock” may be the most ubiquitously adored film of our generation....
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Get A Clue

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:10
Relentlessly flawless fashion, the magic of a tween Lindsay Lohan, AND Y2K proto-video chats? 2002’s “Get A Clue” has it all....
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Bring It On

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:9
Hate them cause they’re beautiful? Well, they don’t like you either....
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New York Minute

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:8
Mary-Kate and Ashley take New York City with diametrically-opposed personalities and personal styles… this should be the movie of a generation, no...
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Twilight ft. Megan and Liz

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:7
Close your eyes and imagine: it’s November 2009. You’re standing in a suburban movie theatre with “Team Edward” emblazoned across your chest....
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The Cheetah Girls 2

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:6
A critical influence on basic girls’ study abroad trips fo generations to come, The Cheetah Girls 2 is a blazer-and-tank-tops-filled romp through ...
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Heathers vs. The Craft ft. Yhara Zayd

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:5
Pitting two killer teen classics against each other is not a game for the faint of heart— especially 1989’s “Heathers” and 1996’s “The Craft.”...
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The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:4
Despite its being plagued by low-budget animation, plot holes, and critical disdain, Audrey and Hannah may have seen this movie even more times th...
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Ella Enchanted

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2004’s “Ella Enchanted,” while a prime byproduct of the Shrek Industrial Complex of the early 2000s, is in retrospect a rare breed....
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She's The Man

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:2
Is this movie the understated exploration of queer identity that we want it to be?...
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Season Two Premiere: Sleepover

Sleepover Cinema | S:2 E:1
A critically-misunderstood movie ceaselessly packed with clichés, hijinks, and cute boys, “Sleepover” is, according to the Leach sisters, a perspe...
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Aquamarine: Season One Finalé

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2006’s “Aquamarine.” Where do we begin? An inspiration. A vision. A fount of creative energy....
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Josie and The Pussycats ft. Name 3 Songs

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2001’s “Josie and the Pussycats” suffered from a classic case of misaligned marketing— and while this movie was certainly NOT made for kids, the i...
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Bratz vs. The Clique

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2008’s “The Clique” and 2007’s "Bratz” SHOULD have been huge hits, considering that they were products of some of the most popular intellectual pr...
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The Lizzie McGuire Movie ft. YouthCulture2000

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Who didn’t want to see their favorite everywoman swept into a highly-fantastical scenario involving Italian pop stars, couture, AND being the cent...
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Cow Belles vs. Material Girls

Sleepover Cinema | S:1 E:13
2006 was clearly a time full of growing pains for women in pop culture, as told by two ENTIRELY SEPARATE tween-targeted movies centering around th...
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Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

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Featuring baby Chris Pine, painful jokes about a wooden leg, and an only-somewhat justifiable autotuned duet between Dame Julie Andrews and Raven ...
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Ice Princess

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With lots of visible breath in cold air, plenty of Zamboni shots, and of course, GREAT sparkling leotards, does this movie live up to the ladies’ ...
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Life Size

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In 2000’s cult classic “Life Size,” we were surprised to rediscover under-discussed successful witchcraft, visible traumatization of an eleven-yea...
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Freaky Friday

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The female-fronted band of your dreams, a middle-aged makeover montage, and genuinely compelling chemistry between a teen heartthrob and someone o...
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Passport to Paris

Sleepover Cinema | S:1 E:8
What do two all-American tweens do the city of lights? Diplomatically finesse a revamp of the aqueduct system of Paris, apparently....
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1997's Cinderella

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There are few made-for-TV spectaculars as egregiously underrated....
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The Princess Diaries

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Not to be dramatic, but 2001’s “The Princess Diaries” is a movie so close to our hearts that it’s almost impossible to interpret it as art....
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A Cinderella Story

Sleepover Cinema | S:1 E:5
Does it stand the test of time? Short answer... no....
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Uptown Girls

Sleepover Cinema | S:1 E:4
2003’s Uptown Girls starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning would be nothing without its complicated female characters...
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The Cheetah Girls

Sleepover Cinema | S:1 E:3
2003’s The Cheetah Girls marked the beginning of the iconic Disney Channel movie musical era— one that Hannah and Audrey grew up in the thick of....
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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Sleepover Cinema | S:1 E:3
Featuring an offscreen hookup with a camp counselor, terminal illness in suburbia, a Grecian vacation, AND an emotional breakdown in a bridal shop...
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Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Sleepover Cinema | S:1 E:1
2004's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen has everything one could ever want: fantasy sequences, impeccable costumes, AND a mean girl played by ...
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