I think this question is difficult because there are a shitload of movies from the 00s that are actually consciously reaching for iconic status, if not in a Saturday Night Fever way then certainly in a Breakfast Club/Ferris Bueller's day off way. Donnie Darko being probably the most obvious example. There are also films like Superbad that have an iconic character but aren't necessarily iconic in their own right.
This is excluding the massive blockbuster action adventure films because it clearly isn't one of those.
Napoleon Dynamite is a pretty good call actually. If there's any one cinematic or socio-cultural narrative I'd use to sum up the 00s it's 'geeks inherit the earth'.
― Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Sunday, 22 April 2012 12:46 (3 years ago) Permalink
Juno is a good nom for 'modern zeitgeisty soundtrack. I went to see my friend's high school students perform music and short plays at a downtown street fair on Friday. That anemic little Moldy Peaches song from Juno came on between plays and EVERY SINGLE KID sang along with it really loudly. I thought, oh shit, it's a generation anthem (surprising to me since the song sounds like it's embarrassed to exist, but these kids were BELTING IT).
― does Red Stripe work like poppers? (Abbbottt), Sunday, 22 April 2012 15:19 (3 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, I feel like we should probably be deferring to teenagers on this one. I doubt somewhat that the olds in the '80s were suggesting The Breakfast Club as an iconic movie of that decade ("Well, clearly, the correct answer is Hannah and Her Sisters.")
― Toity Troubles (Deric W. Haircare), Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:15 (3 years ago) Permalink
the scene in havoc where anne hathaway and bijou phillips sing along to "can i get a..." is definitely emblematic of *something* about the 00s.
― jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:18 (3 years ago) Permalink
we should probably be deferring to teenagers on this one.
Yeah. They have more of a tribal identity thing going, so they are more likely to even have an answer to this question. For contrast, would any of us be able to pick an 'iconic movie' for the decade of the 1930s? And if we did name one, would anyone who was alive then agree with us?
My own sense of the 00s is completely disengaged from the few movies I saw in theaters. To me they were just a means of spending 100 to 130 minutes being entertained. I never expected to be given a dose of the zeitgeist for the price of my ticket.
― Aimless, Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:34 (3 years ago) Permalink
I suggested people in their 20s/30s--I think you need some historical perspective for a question like this.
― clemenza, Sunday, 22 April 2012 16:54 (3 years ago) Permalink
ask generation spongebob, the answer will be spongebob.
― Philip Nunez, Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:06 (3 years ago) Permalink
isn't it more comforting to find that there is no longer a single movie to speak to a generational audience, though? i'd feel really bad if any of sat night fever, breakfast club, or reality bites encapsulated anything about me or my peers.
― Philip Nunez, Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:11 (3 years ago) Permalink
― yuppie bullshit chocolate blogbait (contenderizer), Sunday, 22 April 2012 17:14 (3 years ago) Permalink
This is a really puzzling question. All of the biggest grossing films tend to be pulp exercises. In that Roger Corman documentary by the end of it they say that Hollywood has focused on previously cult-level exploitation pop films.
― Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 22 April 2012 21:21 (3 years ago) Permalink
King of Kong
― Jeff, Sunday, 22 April 2012 22:53 (3 years ago) Permalink
My personal answer for this is STEALTH because the ridic intelligent plane is suddenly "downloading all the music on the entire net!" Or maybe Fast & The Furious first for similar reasons, remember the VW dude was famed for being able to "find out anything about anyone on the internet."
Based on this, I would say that the most "LOL 00s" movie is Live Free or Die Hard, where the bad guys are able to manipulate to entire American infrastructure, including every traffic light and some random lights in a traffic tunnel, via hacking them through the internet. Also, it's a sequel that turns a late 80s/90s action hero who was defined as an everyman character into a cool, badass übermensch, which seems apt for 00s blockbusters.
― Tuomas, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:12 (3 years ago) Permalink
― the pinefox, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:15 (3 years ago) Permalink
Anyway, Reality Bites might've been the 90s movie for Americans, but for Europeans it was surely Trainspotting, right? I can't remember any other movie whose themes, style, soundtrack, etc were so iconic of its era.
― Tuomas, Monday, 23 April 2012 12:20 (3 years ago) Permalink
― diafiyhm (darraghmac), Monday, 23 April 2012 12:22 (3 years ago) Permalink
So true. CF every student's bedroom wall.
(Reality Bites was a tongue in cheek suggestion though right? Like, even back then wasn't it seen as try-hard..?)
― sktsh, Monday, 23 April 2012 15:15 (3 years ago) Permalink