I have a problem with goodbyes. Though I’m usually not a sentimental person, I often find myself struggling to part ways with things that I never even liked in the first place, like math classes or Now That’s What I Call Music CDs. That’s why I find reunions so heartwarming. They provide an opportunity to reminisce about the past and share cringe-worthy photos from a time when there was no such thing as “Facebook” or “hair etiquette.” Cult movies in particular enjoy hosting cast reunions, if only to watch the Internet virtually explode with excitement. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
1) Aliens (1986)
When Sigourney Weaver accepted her role as Ripley for James Cameron’s 1986 science fiction flick, she didn’t know she was signing up for one of the greatest thrillers of all time. While Weaver has certainly found success since the film’s release, some of her coworkers have pursued other interests. At the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo earlier this May, the cast came together to discuss their classic film and what they’ve been up to in the meantime. By far the most interesting choice is that of Jennette Goldstein (Private Vasquez), who has since opened up a plus-sized bra store in Los Angeles with the slogan “The alphabet starts at D.”
2) That ’70s Show (1998-2006)
They may not be getting berated by Red Forman or discussing life’s greatest mysteries in Eric’s basement, but the cast of That ’70s Show is still enjoying each other’s company, as this picture from Topher Grace’s Instagram demonstrates. We don’t need to see a picture to know how close the cast members are to each other (Mila and Ashton, hello) but it certainly doesn’t hurt to see them all channeling their ’90s roots.
3) Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
With the Girl Meets World show currently under way, a Boy Meets World reunion seems only natural. Some people say that the real winner of puberty was Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) but in my opinion, Rider Strong isn’t doing too shabby either.
4) Friends (1994-2004)
Before you start jumping for joy, I’m not talking about a Friends reunion episode (despite the terribly mean rumor someone started a few months ago confirming the project). Rather, I’m referring to the skit that aired on The Ellen Show last year featuring Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Matthew Perry. Though I wish Lisa Kudrow, Matt Leblanc, and David Schwimmer could have also made an appearance, it was nice seeing the trio back together again and cracking jokes. (Could this skit BE any more hilarious?) I will consider my life a success if I can maintain a friendship as long as these three have.
5) LOST (2004-2010)
This picture raises a lot of questions. Like, where are Jack and Kate? Why doesn’t Yunjin Kim age? Why does Walt have facial hair? Though this cult classic ended in 2010, its memory lives on in the hearts of TV addicts everywhere who still continue to wonder how a polar bear ended up on the island and whether or not everyone was actually dead from the start. (Hint: they weren’t.) More than anything, this picture proves to me that I did not imagine the whole show and that the Island was real, in the TV world, at least.
6) Mean Girls (2004)
Lindsay Lohan threw the world a bone a few months ago when she uploaded a photo to Instagram featuring Daniel Franzese (Damian) and Rajiv Surendra (Kevin G.). The hashtag, #youcantsitwithus, only adds to the sheer awesomeness of the picture and proves that Lindsay Lohan will always be Cady Heron at heart. Though Franzese has been in the news recently for his heartfelt coming out letter to his Mean Girls character, Rajiv has been under the radar. Where has he been hiding? Behind a desk, apparently. The actor behind the fictitious mathlete has taken to calligraphy since the 2004 film. You can find his work here.
7) Clueless (1995)
On May 6, hundreds of people gathered for a screening of Clueless at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival, some of those people being Alicia Silverstone and the cast of the 1995 teen comedy. I don’t know what I like more, the eclectic shoe selection in this picture or Elisa Donovan’s stand-out pink dress.
8) Forrest Gump (1994)
Just when I thought Tom Hanks couldn’t get any cooler, he tweeted out a picture with his Forrest Gump cast-members back along with the caption “Hadn’t seen these old friends for too long. Hanx.” While I could comment on Tom’s strangely puckered face in this picture, I will instead focus on the fact that he signs his tweets with Hanx because, oh my god, that’s brilliant.
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