Total Nerd '90s Movies Fan Theories  

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You can't beat the nostalgic butterflies every '90s child gets from their favorite '90s films. Today, people are still inspired by Cher Horowitz's Clueless fashion, have a terrible tendency to yell "What's in the box?" at Amazon delivery guys, and regularly contemplate whether they'd take the red or blue pill in The Matrix. One thing is clear: the creators of these '90s fan theories have all swallowed the red one (or at least they're desperately trying to choke it down).

These crazy fan theories attempt to unveil the truth - whether it's an outrageous '90s sci-fi flick or a lighthearted Disney cartoon. Nothing in the '90s is what it seems: the lovable, dopey cop in Scream doubles as a criminal mastermind, the sadistic Sid from Toy Story grows up to be virtuous and kind, and the hunky pauper on the ill-fated Titanic was actually saving the world.

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Sid From The Original 'Toy Story' Grows Up To Be The Garbage Man In 'Toy Story 3' (And Becomes A Hero!)


Sid From The Original 'Toy... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list '90s Movies Fan Theories
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Sid is a horrifying villain in the original Toy Story, but one fan theory posits that he turned over a new leaf. According to Redditor /u/londongarbageman, Sid grew up to become the garbage man in Toy Story 3. This transition started when Sid had the revelation that his toys were alive, which horrified him because he spent most of childhood mutilating them. Sid takes it upon himself to make sure that never happens again. Instead, he wants to rescue toys that may have been thrown away and fix ones that are broken. This is why he becomes a garbage man - the one field with access to the living beings (i.e. broken toys) people consider trash.

If all that fails to back up the theory, Sid and the garbage man are wearing the same t-shirt. That's some coincidence.

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list '90s Movies Fan Theories
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Throughout the film Forrest Gump, it may seem like the title character is a little stuck in his own world. What if this wasn't the case? Redditor /u/HeroOfOA believes that Forrest purposely tells a story that relates to each person he's talking to - and there's a decent of evidence to back it up.

In the beginning, Forrest is talking to a black waitress about how he was named after a KKK leader who had made mistakes. He talks about segregation in his early years. After that, he talks to an older woman who is probably just slightly older than Jenny would be. He tells her about Jenny's college dorm and about saving her from a strip club. Next, he moves onto an older man, who's probably old enough to have served in Vietnam. He talks to him about combat and losing his best friend during the war. Lastly, he talks to a woman who'd probably be the same age as his mother, about how difficult it was when his own mom died. She bursts into tears.

If this is true, maybe Forrest was a far better storyteller than we had ever imagined.

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list '90s Movies Fan Theories
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The red pill or the blue pill - which would you take? This Matrix-in-a-Matrix fan theory sort of proves that neither would really matter, because none of it is the real world. The "real world" - those who took the red pill escape to in the film - is just another level of the Matrix simulation. It's an illusion made to make it seem like you can escape and have the choice to do so.

There is some proof that the Red Pill may be a farce. Neo uses his powers when he's supposedly outside of the Matrix. This would be impossible in the actual real world. In addition, Agent Smith can control Bane even after he leaves the simulation. How? Because he never actually left.

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list '90s Movies Fan Theories
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At the end of Scream, we're told that there are two killers - Billy Loomis and Stu Macher are totally guilty. A Reddit fan theory isn't buying the fact that they acted alone. According to user /u/Zionhyome, Dewey may be the real mastermind.

Dewey is highly suspicious. He's seemingly always there and has been close to the killer, without ever really getting attacked. The only times he was attacked were when he was in the view of another character, conveniently covering his tracks, yet somehow, he's always absent during the final showdown.

There's also a lot of evidence that there was a third killer in the original film, which may or may not be Dewey. When Casey finds Steve tied to a chair, he looks to his left and his right, indicating that Billy and Stu are hiding on both sides of the house. So who rings the doorbell? Also, who was stalking Sydney while both killers were present at the video store with Randy?

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