10 Things About 2000s Movies That Everyone Misses Today

What a decade for movies, it was.

Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon
Warner Bros.

When the clocks ticked over into midnight on January 1st 2000, everyone held their breath as they waited for the Y2K virus to destroy everything.

And it did - the end.

Just kidding.

Instead, the human race lived another day, several more days in fact, as this big blue rock we call home span round the Sun another ten times.

The 2000s (or noughties, if you prefer) gave us many great things. The iPod, Barack Obama as President, 3D Doritos! Truly, this was the time where we all lived like royalty.

Cultural, we were in a pretty strong spot too. This was the decade that gave us the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, that started the Harry Potter franchise and the MCU, and it also provided us with several standalone films likes Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Avatar.

Okay, those all got sequels later, but shut up.

But what tropes from this decade really stand out? Which cliches and stock answers do we wish were still commonplace in this day and age?

Pop on a pair of cargo pants and stick on that Justin Timberlake CD, because we're going back in time to find out.

10. Modern Re-Telling Of Shakespeare

Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon
Paramount Pictures

Before you get your knickers in a twist, we are aware that 10 Things I Hate About You is technically a '90s movie.

It was released in 1999 which, come on, is basically the year 2000. Cut us some slack, will you?

The reason we're having this debate is because that movie is a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and its success spawned several other contemporary versions of the bard's classic tales.

She's The Man from 2006 is an updated Twelfth Night. Get Over It from 2001 is loosely based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. There was even a 2001 German movie called Rave Macbeth, which was the Scottish play set in a warehouse!

Truly, the genre that keeps on giving.

Whilst there may have been an overreliance on this back in the day, enough time has passed for Hollywood to start giving Shakespeare the modern treatment once again. These stories have endured for a reason and few decades were better at bringing them up to speed than the noughties.

Unlike the 2010s - the decade that gave us Gnomeo and Juliet.


Jacob Simmons has a great many passions, including rock music, giving acclaimed films three-and-a-half stars, watching random clips from The Simpsons on YouTube at 3am, and writing about himself in the third person.