This Guy’s “‘90s Teen Movie Audition” Video Is So On Point That Twitter Is In Stitches
Like many people who came of age in a particular era, I have a deeply rooted love of the teen movies of the ‘90s. The realities they depict are absolutely nothing like the reality I actually experienced — and yet, there’s something so charming about that disconnect that I get a kick out of it even now. Nor does it appears I am the only one who feels that way; judging from the response to comedian Brandon Wardell’s “‘90s teen movie audition” video, which he launched into the Twittersphere on Wednesday, the internet at large still has a fondness for movies starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Ryan Phillippe (or Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rachael Leigh Cook, if that's more your speed).
The video, which is captioned, “Auditioning to play a teen in a ‘90s movie,” consists of Wardell repeating variations of the line, “So, all that was just a bet? Our whole relationship was just a bet to you?! I loved you!” over and over again — and doing it badly (but intentionally so) — while “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve plays in the background. As many, many Twitter users pointed out, it’s like the unholy lovechild of Cruel Intentions and She’s All That, underscored by a quintessential (and yet — in my opinion, at least — absolutely terrible) ‘90s tune.
(I’m not sure if I’m alone here, but seriously — I cannot overstate my loathing of “Bitter Sweet Symphony.” It is both distressingly repetitive and one heck of an earworm, which, when combined, create an aural nightmare from which I find it impossible to escape. Just say no to the Verve.)
I feel obligated to embed the following clip from She’s All That here, so in case you somehow missed this ‘90s gem, this is how you get your “I understood that reference!” moment:
Of course, Wardell probably didn’t see most of what are now considered classic ‘90s teen movies until later on; he’s currently 25 years old, according to his Wikipedia page, which means he was likely too young for them when they were originally released. For example, he was probably around six or seven when both Cruel Intentions and She’s All That hit cinemas — the pair came out within months of each other at the beginning of 1999. In some ways, I feel that sort of takes away from the impact of the joke… but then again, I make jokes about things that came out in the late ‘80s, at which time I was no older than five. Clearly making jokes about eras you were technically alive for, if not old enough to be an active part of, is a time-honored tradition passed down from generation to generation.
In any event, Twitter is loving it (although a few people seem to have missed the joke, too). Here’s a sample of the general response:
1. A New Classic
The '90s mash-up you didn't know you wanted.
2. '90s Heartthrob Rivalry
To be fair, A Walk To Remember came out in the early '00s, not the '90s... but I'll allow it.
3. Conflicting Yet Complementary
"Awful and Amazing" will be the title of my '90s throwback band's first hit single.
5. The Sounds Of The '90s
Fun fact: "Bitter Sweet Symphony" was originally released in 1997. In addition to being the hit single off The Verve's third studio album, Urban Hymns, it also appeared on the 37th volume of the UK series Now That's What I Call Music! As of March of 2018, Now That's What I Call Music! is up to volume 99.
(In other news: I am OLD.)
6. Paging Julia Stiles
When Brandon Wardell writes his memoir, obviously he has to call it this.
7. A Lesson For Film Twitter
Little did you know that the greatest '90s performance of all time was not actually given in the '90s.
8. Super Relateable
Me as well.
9. A Not-So-Guilty Pleasure
Don't feel like you need to hide your love of '90s teen movies. Embrace it. Live your best life. It is worth it. I promise.
10. The Only Thing That's Missing
The bar has been raised, Wardell.
11. Throwback Thursday
BRB, digging out my VCR from whatever box in the basement it's been collecting dust in for the past 15 to 20 years.
12. It's So Fashion
I mean, that's fair.
13. To The Folks Who Don't Understand:
See above. Similarly, see below:
14. The Art Of The Cinema
Read this. It should help.
15. We've All Been There
Sadly, She's All That is not currently available to watch on Netflix; however, Cruel Intentions is. Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend!