Never Been Kissed and The Cultural Stereotype

I was catching up with my talented friend, Alex this morning when she mentioned watching the 90’s rom-com classic, ‘Never Been Kissed’ and its resemblance to our high-school experience. Just like Drew, I didn’t exactly win any popularity contests as a teenager, and resided at the bottom of the food chain throughout my years in education.

Every day I’d wake up, complete my work and talk to as little people as possible along the way. Despite never being the most intelligent member of the class, my shy and insecure personality meant I often faced a barrage of name-calling. Spiff, geek, and loser: you name it, I heard it. Never the most colourful set of insults, but they still get points for trying.

Admittedly, I also used to tarnish everyone that dared insinuate I was a loser with the same brush: air-heads who have nothing better to do with their time than insult me. I silently planned my revenge rather than postulating my theory out loud, but I’m just as guilty for pre-judging based on assumption as those who bullied me.

The quiet, insecure teenager that used to dread social interaction still remains, but with age comes confidence and the ability to care less what people think. Cultural stereotypes will always exist in a society obsessed with image, but if Hermione Granger can successfully make geek chic, so can I.

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14 responses to “Never Been Kissed and The Cultural Stereotype

  1. That was a great flick. I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. 🙂

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  2. Whoa whoa whoa… I know Sandler has done some real stinkers of late. OK. Over the last ten years or so… But what about Zohan? Bid Daddy? The Waterboy? That’s My Boy? And that’s on top of Happy Gilmore.

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  3. Ah, you all. Drew and Adam together have it going on. The Wedding Singer. Fifty First Dates. Blended. She balances his outlandishness and he draws out her reserve.

    But I did like her with Jimmy Fallon in the Red Sox movie, too, Tisfortea, the understanding teacher. And, you?

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    • I haven’t seen her in the film with Jimmy Fallon but I’ve just watched the trailer and it looks interesting! I’ll have to give it a shot.

      After verbally bashing Adam Sandler so vehemently, I’m kind of ashamed to tell you my favourite Drew Barrymore movie appearances. I loved her in Scream and Riding in Cars with Boys. 🙂

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  4. Your high school experience sounds a lot like mine!

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