Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.
Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

Ah, those first weeks back at school. Who can forget the hallmarks we all experienced? The hint of autumn chill in the air; the kid who grew two feet over summer break; the new classes full of possibility destined to go unfulfilled; the celebrities arriving in droves for a year of high dramatics and hormone-infused comedy.


YouTube channel Circa Laughs is as nostalgic as anyone for the days when we all sat down on the cracked vinyl of the school bus next to old friends like Molly Ringwald, Sean Penn, and Kristen Stewart. It remembers when Robert Pattinson smoldered at us with glowing husky dog eyes, a Michael J. Fox-shaped werewolf ruled the basketball team, and Tom “Goddamn” Berenger showed up to beat the unruliest kids into submission.

The video—overlaid, confusingly, with a twinkling muzak track likely grabbed from a “Mystic Moods For Cave Hangouts” playlist—features clips from genre staples like Clueless, Mean Girls, and Dazed And Confused. Bask in a heady mix of memories from the days when life was simpler and the biggest problems we had to worry about were the next big math test, which liquor store was cool with fakies, and who was going to prom with Alicia Silverstone.

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.

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