Small Details You Missed In Senior Year

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Rebel Wilson is a blast from the past in "Senior Year." The hilarious Australian actress stars in the film as a woman who wakes up from a 20-year-long coma and still feels like a 17-year-old cheer captain from the Class of 2002, one who wants nothing more than to become prom queen. So, instead of playing catch-up with her old friends who've since grown and are now well into their careers, she heads back to her old high school to finish what she started.

At first, it's a bit dizzying for Stephanie to adjust to the updated social norms and advanced technology of this brave new era, leading to some hilarious pratfalls. She catches on pretty quickly, though, and she remains determined to achieve her goals of being at the pinnacle of popularity within this generation's senior class. Stephanie also brings a lot of her turn-of-the-millennium style along for the ride, which makes the movie an all-out celebration of throwback duds, music, icons, and lingo. Here's a look at some of the small details you might've missed in "Senior Year."

The celebrity fetish

Like just about any '90s teen, Stephanie's room is a wall-to-wall mosaic of magazine clippings, posters, and word art celebrating her pop culture favorites, and her vision board is basically a real-life Pinterest spread of all the things she idolizes and wants for herself. Press pause on just about any shot of her room, and you'll notice an array of images that take you right back to the era of boy bands, singing starlets, and funky fashions.

Some of the most prominent posters adorning her room depict the biggest radio favorites of Stephanie's day, including Britney Spears and NSYNC, along with instantly iconic teen movies of the time like "Clueless" and "The Craft." The blockbuster disaster film "Deep Impact" also gets some well-deserved love in the pic, as it's the now-vintage film that Stephanie and Seth (Sam Richardson) go on a date to see. Plus, the "Harry Potter" frenzy of the time gets a mention when Stephanie compares the high school to "Hogwarts without the magic." 

Celebrities also get a lot of call-outs in the dialogue of "Senior Year," including a hilarious moment of confusion for Stephanie when she sees Lady Gaga on the cover of Rolling Stone and thinks Madonna has changed her name. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for other classic pop culture namedrops, including Destiny's Child and Mr. T, TV references like "Sex and the City" and "Ally McBeal," as well as nostalgia-inducing images like Rachael Leigh Cook from the "She's All That" era and Jordan Knight's solo album after New Kids on the Block.

The musical montages

It's not just the photos of musicians that make "Senior Year" such a trip down memory lane; we also get to hear some of the biggest earworms of Stephanie's glory days in key moments from the film. Her cheer routine, for example, includes a mix of major hits, including Christina Aguilera's "Come On Over (All I Want Is You)," Nelly's "Hot In Herre," and Kelly Clarkson's breakthrough single "A Moment Like This."

Music is also quite a topic of conversation for the characters in "Senior Year." As a teen, Stephanie (played by Angourie Rice) loathes her arch-nemesis' choice for the prom king and queen's dance song, complaining that no one wants to sashay to "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling — ouch! The girls also taunt one another by warning, "Don't go chasing waterfalls," as a reference to the TLC bop of the time. 

The two biggest musical tributes to singers of Stephanie's past come along when she dances to Celine Dion's "I'm Your Lady (The Power of Love)" and helps her fellow Bulldogettes recreate the music video for Britney Spears' "(You Drive Me) Crazy." The fact that Spears' entire routine and look gets a direct tribute isn't the only nod to the princess of pop. As it turns out, Stephanie's biggest frenemy (Zoe Chao) even named her daughter Britney Jean.

The fashion queen

Even when Stephanie gets acclimated to the new reality of vlogging and viral videos, one thing she refuses to change, ever, is her preference for the threads of her teens. Throughout the film, she rocks so many of the styles that were popular in the late '90s and early 2000s, including bedazzled wide-legged jeans, chunky heels, velour tracksuits, layered pastel shirts, and brightly colored accessories.

Her entire wardrobe throughout the film is a mish-mash of the most beloved designs of the time. Plus, in the first portion of the movie, which is actually set in 2002, we see some other relics of that sartorial spread, from puka shell necklaces to butterfly clips and beyond. Stephanie also reminds us that the standard of cool from her time was "working at Abercrombie" and wearing CK One perfume, and she specifically requests a pair of Von Dutch jeans when she wakes up in dowdy hospital threads. The good news for Stephanie is that by the time she wakes up, her vintage gear is totally accepted and even celebrated by some of her classmates for its charm.

The lingo and props

Last but not least, another recurring theme of Stephanie's fish-out-of-water experience in "Senior Year" is her old-school verbiage, for better and for worse. While Stephanie does have to take a quick tutorial on some words that might've been commonly tossed around her time but are now offensive, most of her phrases are fun and reminiscent of the past. Some of the lingo to listen for throughout the film includes phrases like "the shiznit," "chillin' at my crib," and "the bomb diggity."

There are also a lot of items that are basically time travelers throughout "Senior Year," like the fact that Stephanie takes her first set of selfies with a Polaroid camera and drives an old convertible, and she still has a costume jewelry wall on display in her closet. Plus, she vividly remembers Tamagotchi toys and carries one of those overpriced-but-still-somehow-mandatory super calculators. 

In other words, fans of early millennial culture are in for an Easter egg bonanza in "Senior Year" because the film is chock full of very fun callbacks to the era.