Have you ever wished you had a moment where you mic-dropped out of a conversation? Or gotten back at someone after years and years of shower conversations with yourself? Here are five cinematic moments like that from five films from the 90s.
1. Muriel’s Wedding (1994): Rhonda proves to be the bestest friend Muriel could ask for.
In the 1994 Australian classic film that launched Toni Collette and Rachel Griffths film careers, Toni stars as the titular Muriel, an ABBA and marriage obsessed social misfit who follows her mean girl friends to Hibiscus Island. There she bumps into Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths), an old class mate who laments about how the mean girl group made her life hell in high school and how she wishes she could get them back, cue the most savage smack down in Australian cinematic history.
2. Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (1997): Romy and Michelle confront Christie Masters
Romy and Michelle head back to Tuscon, Arizona for their 10 Year High School Reunion, where they get the bright idea to make up the fact that they’ve invented post-its to impress their old classmates, especially the popular “A-Crowd” headed by Christie Masters. Unfortunately their plan unravels, leading Christie to humiliate them during the reunion, until Romy and Michelle decide to finally confront Christy in their home-made Vogue approved outfits.
3. Ever After (1998): Marguerite FINALLY gets punched in the face.
In the best Cinderella Film Adaptation of the last 100 years (come at me), Drew Barrymore stars as Danielle, the orphaned daughter of a merchant who has grown up as a servant in the care of her cruel Step Mother and her two daughters. After one of her step sisters, Marguerite, insults the memory of Danielle’s mother, Danielle finally snaps.
4. Addams Family Values (1993): Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Play
After being tricked into getting sent to Summer Camp by their gloriously psychopathic nanny Debbie Jellinsky (Joan Cusack), Wednesday is force cast as Pocahontas in the Camp director's racist white-washed Thanksgiving play. During the performance, Wednesday and Pugsley band together with the camps other misfits to hijack the Thanksgiving play to be more historically accurate.
5. Harriet the Spy (1996): Harriet’s Revenge
Harriet treats her spy notebook like a personal journal and is horrified when her class nemesis Marion Hawthorn finds it during a game of bumper tag, and reads out Harriet’s mean private thoughts on her bests friends and class mates to them. Ostracised and bullied by her whole class which have created a “Spy Catchers Club”, Harriet decides to get them back one by one, saving the biggest gut punch monologue for Marion Hawthorn in the girls bathroom. (Lol i can only find the revenge scene in Spanish.)
My first ONTD original. I have been lurking for 100 years, may as well contribute. Got inspired to write this after watching Muriel’s Wedding and thought this would be a fun discussion post, a lot of these movies actually have multiple smack downs, but I chose my favourite. What are you favourite cinematic smack downs ONTD?