Oh Rexy, you’re so sexy…
I know this is going to be controversial, but I’m just going to put it out there.
Empire Records is the best teen movie of all time. There, I’ve said it.
You can keep your Mean Girls and your Clueless and The Breakfast Club – because Empire Records has EVERYTHING, including a cast of ’90s megastars, a kick-arse soundtrack, the best quotes ever…and Renee Zellweger wearing nothing but an apron.
The 1995 film became a cult classic and helped cement the careers of HUGE names.
It also convinced pretty much every ’90s kid that their ultimate #lifegoals should include working at a record store (even though we now know that it was a short-term career option).
Read on to find out where our old friends from Empire Records are now.
1. Anthony LaPaglia – Joe.
Joe was the stern but ridiculously tolerant record store owner (and the boss we all wished we had).
Since the movie was released, Anthony went on to marry fellow Aussie actor Gia Carides (They have one daughter, and have recently split). He won a Golden Globe for his role on Without A Trace and an Emmy for his role on Frasier, and now lives in California.
But he is probably best known and loved by Aussie ‘90s kids for his role in Looking for Aibrandi.
Best quote: “Have I fired anyone today? No. Why would I start with you?”
2. Liv Tyler – Corey.
Corey was the perfect (well, besides the whole drug addiction thing) object of AJ’s desire.
She’s had notable roles in The Lord of the Rings, The Incredible Hulk and super-creepy horror flick The Strangers.
She has also been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, co-written a book on manners with her grandmother and is now a regular in the HBO series The Leftovers.
Best quote: “I’M BRINGING REX HIS LUNCH.”
3. Renee Zellweger – Gina.
Gina was the ballsy legend who appeared in a scene wearing nothing but an apron.
Since then, Renee has been busy playing Bridget Jones and Nurse Betty (among MANY other roles).
Over the years she has dated Jim Carrey, Jack White and Bradley Cooper, and since 2008 she’s had a bit of a career hiatus – but has a bunch of new movies coming up. Huzzah.
Sadly, there’s been a lot of attention on her face recently – not cool, you guys. Leave Renee and her face alone.
Here’s a reminder of the awesomeness of Empire Records. Post continues after video.
Best quote: ” Well “Sinead O’Rebellion.” Shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behavior.”
4. Rory Cochrane – Lucas.
Lucas was 100 per cent the best character in this film. Just saying.
Rory, 43, appeared in fellow ’90s teen staple Dazed and Confused and also Hart’s War with Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell.
More recently he has starred in 2012 Oscar winner Argo as well as CSI: Miami (yep, THAT’S where you’ve seen that guy before).