11 of the Worst, Most Unnecessary On-Screen Makeovers

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The makeover scene is a staple in young adult and coming of age narratives. Sometimes they’re small scale — think Hermione Granger wearing a dress and taming her hair before the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — and sometimes they’re massive overhauls, like Fern’s transformation from teen nobody to evil queen bee in Jawbreaker or Cady’s slow takeover of The Plastics in Mean Girls. As popular as this trope has been and likely always will be, it’s not free from controversy.

Sure, there are cute, fun-filled makeover scenes, like Tai’s makeover in Clueless, that are, for the most part, somewhat good-natured and set to a boppy soundtrack.

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