The internet is crazy about Do Revenge right now. At the time of writing, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s coming-of-age comedy is Netflix’s second-biggest movie and a much bigger topic of conversation across various sectors of social media.
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, the film follows two students from wildly different social circles, Drea (Camila Mendes) and Eleanor (Maya Hawke), who form an unlikely alliance in an attempt to exact revenge on the bullies who ruined their life. their life.
We’ve described Do Revenge as “Mean Girls for Gen Z audiences” in our review, and below, we’ve rounded up five more twisted teen dramas – many of which serve as direct inspirations for the new Netflix movie – to help you scratch that noughties. scratch some more.
Mean Girls (2004)
Let’s start with the obvious. If you liked Do Revenge for its references to sleepover classics, then you’ve almost definitely seen 2004’s Mean Girls – but hey, we couldn’t no include it in a list of similar films, could we?
From the mind of comedy genius Tina Fey, Mark Waters’ teen drama stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady, a naive high school newbie whose popularity soars when she ingratiates herself with the Plastics, a group of overprivileged, image-obsessed students. led by Rachel McAdams’ Regina George.
Often hilarious and surprisingly (but sadly) accurate, Mean Girls is the definitive representation of classroom meanness, and Do Revenge points his hat at the former’s most iconic scenes on multiple occasions (take a look at this one). post on instagram (opens in new tab) for a handful of examples).
Mean Girls is currently streaming on Netflix in the US and on Paramount Plus in the UK.
Easy A (2010)
The world should thank Easy A for putting Oscar winner Emma Stone on the map as one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses.
Partly inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850s novel The Scarlet Letter, the film stars Stone as Olive, a low-key high school student whose well-meaning lie about losing her virginity spirals out of control when others learn of her false antics at the bedroom.
Do Revenge shares clear similarities with Easy A’s setting and rumor-fueled premise, but both films also feature well-written, multifaceted characters who aren’t always the clear good guys we want them to be.
Easy A is currently streaming on fuboTV and Hulu Plus in the US and on Netflix in the UK.
The Other Woman (2014)
Okay, The Other Woman isn’t strictly a teen drama – but it’s still a movie in which revenge (in this case against a despicable man, three times) plays a key role.
The film stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as three women – Carly, Kate and Amber, respectively – who team up to take down Mark, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a charismatic businessman who secretly watches them all. at once. Hormone pills, shaving cream and laxative water are all part of the Mean Girls-style trio’s plans, making The Other Woman – like Do Revenge – an incredibly satisfying tale of gruesome revenge.
The Other Woman is currently streaming on HBO Max in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
Like Mean Girls, Clueless is a clear mainstay of inspiration in Do Revenge — and not just because the school uniforms used in the latter look like they borrowed from the wardrobe of Amy Heckerling’s 1995 classic.
Loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma, Clueless stars Alicia Silverstone as Cher, a beautiful and popular high school student who begins to examine her own existence while playing matchmaker for a pair of tough teachers.
Of course, both movies look similar. But they also do comparable blows on a very particular brand of pastel-hued school costume – Vogue (opens in new tab) calls it a “bubble dream world” – transposing its respective source material in a way that feels accessible.
Clueless is currently streaming on Netflix and Prime Video in the US and on Paramount Plus in the UK.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
10 Things I Hate About You is not so much a movie about revenge as an unlikely alliance.
Gil Junger’s 1999 comedy stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cameron, a young student who enlists the services of a mysterious bad boy (Heath Ledger) to help him date a popular girl (Larisa Oleynik) whose father doesn’t love her. leaves dating unless his feisty sister (Julia Stiles) also gets one. The film is essentially a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and is named after a poem written by Kat (the sister) that describes her bittersweet romance with Patrick.
Sure, this synopsis doesn’t sound much like Do Revenge’s – but 10 Things I Hate About You is also at its best when its seemingly opposing main characters find comfort in their common ground.
10 Things I Hate About You is currently streaming on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.