20 Of The Best Early-2000s Movies

20 Of The Best Early-2000s Movies

Some of the best movies from the golden era of rom-coms.

Hilary Duff before she became a mother. Lindsey Lohan when she was still the wholesome "girl next door." Amanda Bynes before DUI and disturbing Twitter-spree. Emma Roberts before her roles in American Horror Story and Scream Queens. Alexa Vega before she married a former Big Time Rush member. The Olsen Twins before they began their fashion empire.

These actresses, among others, were some of the cornerstones of the "cinema" of my childhood. Some went off the deep-end, while others simply grew up and moved on. Despite this, the romantic comedies in which they starred are still the movies I turn to on a rainy day when I yearn for a wave of nostalgia.

These aren't movies that require a lot of thinking. In their simplicity is their brilliance; No matter what, there's always a happy ending and the leading lady always finds her Prince Charming, sometimes even in a literal sense (cough A Cinderella Story cough). So, here's a few of my favorite early-2000s movies (in no particular order) that may be in the past, but will never be forgotten:

1. "The Lizzie McGuire Movie," 2003

Rome. Lip-syncing pop stars. Finally, a Lizzie and Gordo kiss. What else can a girl ask for?

2. "John Tucker Must Die," 2006

What starts as a way to get revenge on the notorious playboy John Tucker turns to real feelings... for the other Tucker?

3. "She's The Man," 2006

Amanda Bynes + Channing Tatum = the perfect duo. Although, I'm not so sure tampons should be used for nosebleeds.

4. "Sleepover," 2004

Nothing says early 2000s more than a flip-phone camera scavenger hunt.

5. "Mean Girls," 2004

This is not only one of the most iconic 2000s rom-coms, but one of the most quoted as well.

6. "Aquamarine," 2006

A mermaid who must find love in order to prove a point to her father - highly unlikely, yet highly entertaining. Of course, the true love she finds is that of friendship (and Ben and Jerry's).

7. "Sydney White," 2007

Amanda Bynes finds her prince all the while starting a political revolution on campus; Seriously, his last name is Prince.

8. "Just My Luck," 2006

A lucky girl and an unlucky guy kiss at a party - while disguised in costumes, of course - and somehow exchange their luck. Once again, unlikely, but entertaining nonetheless.

9. "A Cinderella Story," 2004

Where can I find my own Austin Ames? And in true early-2000s fashion, a flip phone and email both play key roles.

10. "What A Girl Wants," 2003

An aristocrat dad and a British boyfriend - what else could a girl want?

11. "The Princess Diaries," 2001

Still waiting on the day I find out I'm the heir to my own kingdom, or at least my own Mia Thermopolis-caliber makeover.

12. "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days," 2003

My ultimate goal in life is to look as good as Kate Hudson did in that yellow dress.

13. "New York Minute," 2004

Double the Olsen's = double the rom-com, all whilst avoiding a truancy officer and making it to an important speech.

14. "Legally Blonde," 2001

"What, like it's hard?"

15. "Freaky Friday," 2003

It's stressful enough to be getting married, but even more so if you're stuck in your daughter's body!

16. "Ella Enchanted," 2004

Saying "yes" to everything can get overwhelming quickly. Imagine if you physically couldn't say "no"!

17. "Raise Your Voice," 2004

The only thing better than a Hilary Duff movie is a Hilary Duff singing movie.

18. "Agent Cody Banks," 2003

Because of course teenage boys make the best secret agents.

19. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," 2005

Four girls of all different sizes who've been best friends since birth. One miraculously-fitting pair of pants.

20. "Material Girls," 2006

Double the Duff.

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7 Things From Your Favorite Kids Shows You Wish You Had

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Television was the ultimate escape from my childhood. The characters, the situations, and the lessons all appealed to me and my young mind. However, some of the material objects in these shows made a better lasting impression than those that actually mattered.

When watching a tv show as a child, it is easy to be filled with excitement when seeing something the characters have that you want. Often times, these things don't actually exist and are made specifically for the show. These seven are a few of the many things from kid's television that you wish you had growing up.

1. Zoey 101 - Jet X

These things are so cool. Yeah, I understand that I could get a scooter and have a very similar experience, but the Jet X comes in so many cool colors! Plus, Zoey's commercial for the Jet X was too iconic to ignore. I could really use one of these.

2. Drake & Josh - Clackers

This GIF says it all. The clackers are the simplest form of fun to ever grace children's' television. It was the fad of all fads. Forget fidget spinners, clackers are where it's at.

3. iCarly - Pear Pad & Groovy Smoothie

Can we just live in Carly's world? The pear products gave Apple a run for their money. I mean, who wouldn't want a tablet in the shape of fruit?? Speaking of fruit, those smoothies looked delicious and Groovy Smoothie had the approval of the greatest boy band in the world (see picture).

4. Hannah Montana - Hannah's Closet

8-year-old me was #shook when I saw Hannah's closet for the first time. Not only is it only accessible through a secret door, but it had all the trendiest clothes of the late 2000s. Not gonna lie, I checked my closet for a secret, cooler closet after this episode aired...

5. That's So Raven - Raven's Room (Post Makeover)

A hanging canopy bed. That is all. Can I get Hannah's closet to go with it?

6. Suite Life of Zack & Cody - London's Mirror

Leave it to London to have a magic mirror. Her own personal stylist and complimenter all in one.

7. Big Time Rush - Slide

Honestly, the boys of Big Time Rush had the best set up. I mean, who doesn't want a slide in their apartment? All the fun games and bright colors mean there was never a dull time in that building.

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4 Inspiring TED Talks You Can Watch In About 40 Minutes

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” - Albert Einstein

TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. These talks are a way for viewers to be inspired, optimistic, and educated. There are a wide variety of topics and speakers who share their ideas, hoping that what they share does not go unheard.

If you have a curious mind, even in the slightest, these videos are able to provide food for thought in a matter of just a few minutes. Through my love for the world around me and my desire to understand as much as I can, these talks not only are great for me as a student but also as a person. Listed below are a couple of my personal favorites when it comes to the world of TED.

1. "A Better Way To Get Punctured" by Nikolai Begg

Duration - 10 minutes

For those of you who have a medical mind and a desire to learn more about the medical world, as well as engineering, this is one talk that will blow your mind. This talk is a personal testimony of a student who stood in an operating room and quickly came up with an idea that will change the way medical professionals perform procedures.

2. "Want To Change The World? Start By Being Brave Enough To Care" by Cleo Wade

Duration - 11 minutes

An absolutely stunning talk about being aware of yourself, others, and the world around us. We live in a world full of distress, judgment, hate, and anger. The artist and poet speaks out about changing the world little by little, starting with yourself. Choosing to see rather than look. To listen rather than just hear. The overall gist of the talk is that the world can change because of you, but you have to be the one to believe it.

3. "Why Some Of Us Don't Have One True Calling" by Emilie Wapnick

Duration - 12:30 minutes

This video resonates with those of us who are restless, wandering, and anxious. This talk provides a whole other perspective on the way that we make decisions on what it is we want to do in life. If you are a college student, I highly encourage you to take the time to sit, watch, and listen to her message because it is one you will not want to miss.

4. "Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator" by Tim Urban

Duration - 14 minutes

Through the use of child-like drawings and humor, this talk is both fun and insightful. This is a talk that will bring you into the mind of a pro-procrastinator (and if you are a college student we already know the life of being in this state because we seem to be always living it).

So, if you are supposed to be doing your calculus homework or studying for your midterm, take a mental break and procrastinate by watching a video about procrastination.

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