If yelling “Ducks fly together” spark a nostalgic familiarity then congratulations, cool old dude!
You our friend are a Mighty Ducks fan, have a refined taste in coming-of-age sports flicks, and are (dare we say it?) probably older than today’s average Instagram-posting, #YOLO-tweeting audience.
D2: The Mighty Ducks turned 20-years-old this year, meaning it’s one year shy of drinking legally in the US, and Mighty Duck and Dawson's Creek alumnus, Joshua Jackson, is still bathing in the spoils and boinking his girlfriend, gorgeous German actress Diane Kruger.
But that’s totally fine. Because although we can’t all age gracefully and bed German stunners, we were lucky enough to experience cult classics that have stood the test of time.
In line with the 20th anniversary of D2 (has it really been that long?!), we decided to travel back in time to revisit some of the movies that tickled our fancy to see how they hold up now in the edition of FHM MAKES YOU FEEL #TANDERS!
1) Rachel McAdams gave us all boners in Mean Girls
Jog your memory: New girl on campus (pre-insanity Lindsay Lohan) brought up in Africa by unorthodox parents falls into the popularity game with the school’s it-girls, The Plastics. But when she becomes the object of interest of Queen Bee Regina George’s ex-boyfriend, things turn nasty, manicured claws come out, and campus chaos ensues.
What we thought of it then: Although it was packaged as a teen girl dramedy, it was infused with Saturday Night Live wit courtesy of scriptwriter Tina Fey. It launched Lohan and McAdams into superstardom (although we all know how that turned out for the former) and proved that the Disney ingénues (FYI: McAdams once had a Disney series, too) actually had chops to back up their sex appeals.
Like fellow girl-drama movies of its ilk, think Heathers and Clueless, it sealed itself into pop culture history by putting a crass modern spin on teenage bitchiness.
What we think of it now: Pardon the feminine tone, but to quote the vapid Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert), we still think the movie is pretty darn “fetch.”
It's sad that Lindsay now looks like a crack ho, but this movie titillated a generation of Millenials into believing that if you had “ESPN” you could actually tell the weather by touching your boobies.
Quote it: “You can’t sit with us”
2) THE NOTEBOOK proved that men also have functional tear ducts
Jog your memory: Old man in nursing home recounts a love story to his Alzheimer’s stricken lover from a notebook. Told in flashbacks all the way back to the 1940s, the romantic drama spans decades and depicts the struggles of two individuals whose relationship is ripped apart by social struggles and illness.
What we thought of it then: It was a tissue fest popular with the fairer sex, who got a kilig-kick from then real-life lovers Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Though adapted from King of Sap Nicholas Sparks, it was the only movie then that would’ve probably gotten you laid on a first date.
What we think of it now: With its cheesy, fowl-filled lake scene, it’s still capable of inducing some man-tears. #sorrynotsorry
Quote it: “So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... every day”
3) The ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND gave our minds a proper workout
Jog your memory: When Clementine decides to erase the memory of her boyfriend, Joel, he decides to undergo the same process to forget about her. Things take a turn for the strange when he decides he wants to remember—only the erasers are already in his head and he must do everything he can to hide her deep in his subconscious.
What we thought of it then: Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey turn out amazing performances as manic dream girl Clementine and the too-boring-for-words Joel. Director Michel Gondry’s whimsical music video background coupled with Charlie Kaufman’s non-linear screenplay made for a mind-fuck of epic proportions, earning the film a Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars, and at the same time, redefining how love stories could be told.