The go-to early 2000s movies to watch while living that pandemic life

No new flicks to watch? Rewatch these old favorites

Kelly Ashton, Arts & Culture Writer

Throughout the pandemic’s repeating cycle sleep, school and work, many have found spare time on their hands that could be occupied with activities such as watching movies. However, the movie industry has had a difficult time creating new films due to complications with filming during the pandemic. Many have found themselves rewatching older films and classics, but some do not know where to begin. Here are the top five timeless early 2000s movies that could be put on repeat.

Beginning with number five, the movie that differentiates realistic romance from fantasies, “500 Days of Summer” (2009). The complex movie brings on a roller coaster of emotions and disagreements on who the true antagonist is. Tom Hansen, the main character of the movie, begins to fall in love with his fellow coworker Summer. Yet the idealistic views on women that Tom projects onto Summer causes an “anti-love story.” For those who are interested in watching the movie, it is rated PG-13 and includes some mature scenes. Make sure to grab the remote and some tissues when watching.

To lighten the mood after watching “500 Days of Summer,” a movie such as “Napoleon Dynamite” (2004) would be the perfect option. The classic comedy follows the plot of an awkward teen boy, Napoleon Dynamite, who struggles to fit in while facing challenges with not feeling comfortable at home nor at school. After becoming friends with the new kid, Pedro, Napoleon helps Pedro run for class president. This movie has hilarious moments that are unforgettable, and will always bring laughter and is perfect for kids considering it is pg. Not only kids can enjoy it, adults and teenagers love this comedy too.

For those out there that are interested in older bands and music, “Almost Famous” (2000) is the movie to watch. Based on a true story, the coming of age movie features a 15-year-old boy who goes on tour with an up-and-coming band in order to write an article for the Rolling Stone magazine. The fascinating story contains love, comedy and amazing characters. If interested in watching this movie it contains mature language and scenes, and is rated R. Although the movie is not appropriate for children, there are other movies that children would love to rewatch.

A perfect example of a child-friendly film to watch during these next boring months is the Pixar movie “Up” (2009). Carl Fredrickson, a 78-year-old lonely man, tries to fulfill his lifelong dream of flying. After attaching thousands of balloons to the top of his roof, he along with his entire house begins to fly away in the sky. Everything goes according to plan, until a little boy scout named Russel accidentally came with Carl for the trip. This G-rated movie teaches kids a valuable lesson that the real purpose of life is to enjoy it to the fullest along with those around you. 

The number one early 2000s movie that still has famous quotes and references to this day is the classic “Mean Girls” (2004). Set in Illinois, teenager Cady Heron moves to a new school after recently living in Africa and being homeschooled. After finally being able to experience public school, she faces difficulty and division due to different cliques throughout the school. The elite group, known as “the plastics,” begins to include Cady in their group, however Cady has other plans. The classic includes a life lesson along with memorable hilarious scenes.

Although the list includes interesting early 2000s movies to watch over quarantine, there are thousands of others that could not be included. However, if ever stuck on what to rewatch during the next few months, this list would be a great source.