Yesterday we learned about Kendra's favorite ABC Family channel original movies. If you missed 'em, check them out here: SideReel's Top 10 Favorite ABC Family Channel Original Movies, Part 1. And now, check out mine:
Always a fan of the underrated Popular on The WB, I was thrilled when the ABC Family original movie This Time Around came out in 2003 starring not one, but two actresses from that series. Carly Pope and Sara Rue played longtime friends Mel and Gabby who were not the most popular girls back in junior high. Of course, they grow up to be beautiful, successful women and reencounter Drew (Brian Austin Green of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), the subject of Mel's junior high crush and now successful entrepreneur. Of course, back in middle school Drew pulled a cruel prank on Mel...so will she seek revenge or will love blossom? I think you know which one occurs, but I assure you the movie was adorable and heart warming.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the second film in the Cutting Edge franchise, but I very much enjoyed the 3rd one. The Cutting Edge 3 pretty much took the exact premise of the original film (a complete classic - you really must see it if you haven't) and reversed it: guy is a figure skater, girl is a hockey player. This movie also got major points for casting some seriously hot eye candy in the form of Matt Lanter (currently Liam on 90210) and Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of The American Teenager).
This was one of the few ABC Family Original Movies (later turned miniseries) that broached a theme other than romance. In Fallen, Aaron Corbett (Paul Wesley, who you may recognize from stints on Smallville and Everwood) discovers upon his 18th birthday that he is in fact half-angel; furthermore, it's his destiny to help redeem all of the earth's Fallen angels.
I've always a fan of Amanda Bynes, as this girl repeatedly manages to take movies with the most ridiculous premises and yet somehow make them completely endearing (prime example: She's The Man). 2007's Lovewrecked is another such example where Jenny (Bynes) convinces rock idol Jason Masters (played by The O.C.'s Chris Carmack) after he washes ashore that he's marooned with her on a deserted island. In fact, they're right next to a Caribbean resort! The cast is also rounded out with Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos, Entourage) as Jenny's nemesis.
I also was partial to this 2004 ABC Family Original Film mainly due to its cast. I've loved Bradley Cooper even since I first saw him in Alias and it was great to see Emma Caulfield in another role besides Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This movie isn't reinventing the wheel...in fact it's pretty much just a TV version of the big screen release "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton" which came out the very same year. However, Cooper and Caulfield are so endearing that it makes the movie worth your time. There's also Jason Priestley for you old school Beverly Hills 90210 fans.
So, now that both Kendra and myself have shared our favorite ABC Family Channel Original Movies...what are yours?
You can check out a full list of ABC Family Original Movies here!