Hackers, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie, directed by Iain Softly.
The Short Version
Remember, back in the 90’s, when roller-blading was cool? Whatever. I’m pretty sure it’s still cool.
The Plot in a Nutshell
A group of high school computer wizards/hackers must band together to unravel a corporate conspiracy and avoid an environmental disaster (oh man this film ticks all the 90’s boxes. Hackers. Corporate Conspiracies. Environmental disasters.)
Oh, you’ll love it for so many reasons. Allow me to demonstrate.
Reason #1: You’ll love it for what it thinks hackers are.
Reason #2: You’ll love it for the romance (sigh)
Ah, the romantic banter. I can well recall the first time I ordered my now-husband to leave or be expunged. It was love at first insult.
Reason #3: You’ll love it for its villain
Also evident in the above clip, Reason #4: You’ll love this movie for what it thinks computers are. Now, let’s be clear, I’m still not totally convinced that this movie does not 100% accurately describe how computers are. But I’m compellingly informed (by my friends who do not actively believe that computers are powered by magic and magic alone) that the computers in this movie are totally ridiculous. I don’t know. Pretty sure reasonable minds can differ here, no? (No.)
Reasons 1-4 not enough? You’ll love it because it’s hilarious and because you miss the 90’s (don’t lie to me).
This is a movie that one must dress for. The eyeliner is obviously already a given. Pair that with a laid-back grungy vibe, but one with pops of bright color and pattern.
I was momentarily terrified that I was going to have to recommend an energy drink cocktail here, which would have violated the communal standards of Common Novel so badly I’m not sure I could have come back from it. Just in time, though, the solution appeared: the Shoeless Joe. A mixture of cherry cola and coffee, it should keep you awake when you decide to start a coding project immediately after finishing the movie.
Guys, this is so the best idea I’ve had for a date night yet. The perfect menu to serve with Hackers? A cereal bar. Buy a selection of sugary, bad-for-you cereals, the kind your parents wouldn’t let you eat when you were kids, then experiment with blending them together. Serve with milk and any weird toppings you can think of.
HACK THE PLANET