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14 Movies With The Classic Girl-Removes-Glasses-&-Is-Suddenly-Beautiful Moment

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    You know how it goes: Boy meets girl, girl wears glasses, boy inspires girl to take off glasses, and true love conquers all. Or something along those lines.

    The truth is, we’ve seen more than our fair share of makeover movies — or more specifically, movies where the complete redoing of a woman sparks an (arguably unworthy) man’s interest. Some are well-intentioned, others are satirical, and a few are downright upsetting. But despite the controversy surrounding this theme, these types of films have spanned decades, and continue to root themselves in our pop culture landscape. Speaking of which, TV titan Ryan Murphy took on the trope on in Tuesday night's Scream Queens — witness Hester's (Lea Michele) magical transformation.

    So here’s our roundup of 14 movies, including one in which a young woman is suddenly beautiful because she takes off her falafel hat. Or, if she’s a secondary character, she finds true love after finding eyeliner. Click ahead for more savory tales.



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    The Breakfast Club (1985)

    After spending all day in detention together, it still took a makeover from Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald) to make Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) worthy of Andrew Clark’s (Emilio Estevez) gaze. Which is especially disappointing since Allison’s flair for black, baggy clothing — and killer eyeliner — was way cooler than the pink ensemble of Claire's making. I mean, a headband? That flower? Where did those pieces come from? And more importantly: Why?

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    Never Been Kissed (1999)

    In a surprise twist, a romantic relationship has nothing to do with the post-makeover world of Never Been Kissed. When Josie “Grossie” Geller (Drew Barrymore) takes on an undercover assignment that grants her access to the crème de la crème of high school cliques, she draws the attention of her English teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan), who’s enamored with her from the very beginning. However, it takes the charm and popularity of Josie’s older brother (played by David Arquette) to grant her admission to the school’s upper echelons. She begins to earn second glances from Guy Perkins (Jeremy Jordan), who’s like, a total babe, and can’t help but notice her new-and-improved wardrobe. Of course, she’s eventually exposed as a fraud, and nearly loses her job and Sam as a result — but by the end, even the cool kids realize there’s more to life than popularity once Josie completes her final assignment. (And Sam really couldn’t care less about how she dresses.)