90s Movie Madness: Round 1 Recap


AirborneRound 1 of 90s Movie Madness is finally behind us, and despite only three upsets by lower-seeded movies (Silence of the Lambs, Home Alone, and House Party), Round 2 is already shaping up to be far less predictable.


Tournament favorite Clueless is already looking somewhat unstoppable after a 97% victory over Showgirls, by far the largest margin of any Round 1 contest. Wayne’s World made a statement with their 91% victory over My Cousin Vinny, the only other contest decided by more than a 90% margin — American Pie, Encino Man, She’s All That, Clerks, and Empire Records each won their contests with more than 80% of the voting margin.

Close Calls

Some of the contests came down to the wire; Friday rallied on the last day of Round 1 voting to edge Point Break, 51-49%, and Dangerous Minds held off Free Willy, in its own 51-49% contest. Austin Powers (52%) and Singles (53%) and Cruel Intentions (54%) barely escaped first-round upsets. #2 seed (and really frickin’ 90s movie) Airborne looked vulnerable in a 59% win over Dunston Checks In, and a bevvy of The Craft fans gave #1 seed Billy Madison a scare in an eventual 60-40% win.

After the jump, looking ahead at Round 2 and beyond:

Still, the question remains — is Clueless simply unbeatable? #1 seed Encino Man is already trailing in its Round 2 matchup with She’s All That (perhaps people are confusing Encino Man with, I don’t know, a Bergman film?), and the struggles of #2 seeds Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead and Airborne have dimmed the prospects of a worthy Clueless challenger emerging from the field. Reality Bites, perhaps? Are Clerks, Empire Records, and White Men Can’t Jump Final Four material? How about an upstart like Home Alone or Wayne’s World? Or will Billy Madison and Encino Man overcome their early hiccups and return to dominate?

Feel free to leave your tournament predictions in the comments, and remember to vote on Round 2 Brackets A & B and Round 2 Brackets C & D before Wednesday morning!

The Updated Brackets:

Bracket A rd 2

Bracket B round 2

Bracket C rd 2

Bracket D rd 2

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