25 fun facts you didn’t know about your favorite teen movies

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Not Another Teen Movie – Connected to the movies they parodied

Thanks to the unexpected success of Scary Movie, the horror movie parody, the early 2000s were filled with parody films trying to replicate some of that magic. While the trend got played out rather quickly, Not Another Teen Movie still stands as one of the hilarious successes of the genre.

Not Another Teen Movie came along in 2001 to mock all of the teen movies we all knew and loved from the ’80s and ’90s, most of which appear on this list. Most noticeably, the film parodied She’s All That, Bring It On, and The Breakfast Club.

Throughout the film, you might catch small nods to those movies along the way. Buildings around the school, for example, are named after some teen movie legends:  John Hughes High School, Anthony Michael Dining Hall, and Harry Dean Stadium (Harry Dean Stanton).  Another legend, Molly Ringwald, even makes a cameo appearance towards the end of the film.

Besides the obvious references, there are a few other funny connections to them. For example, Eric Christian Olsen’s character, Austin, the antagonist to Chris Evans’ Jake Wyler, was based on a combination of Lance in Varsity Blues and Dean in She’s All That. Coincidentally, both of those characters were played by Paul Walker.

Cody McMains, who plays Mitch, one of the “loser” teenage boys who vows to lose his virginity, might look familiar. He also played Torrance’s annoying younger brother in Bring It On, which, like we pointed out, is one of the films heavily referenced in Not Another Teen Movie!