She's All That
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What elevates She's All That above the realm of standard teen fare is its mixture of good-natured fairy-tale romance and surprisingly clear-eyed view of high school social strata. The lines of class are demarcated as clearly as if in a Jane Austen novel, but the satire is equally deflating and affectionate. Sure, high school could be bad sometimes, but it was lots of fun too; this is a movie good-natured enough to take time out for an extended hip-hop dance number at the prom. Director Robert Iscove (who also helmed the Brandy-starring TV adaptation of Cinderella) has also assembled a great young cast, including a scene-stealing Anna Paquin as Zach's no-nonsense sister, Kieran Culkin as Laney's geeky brother, and a stupidly goofy Matthew Lillard as a Real World cast member whose arrival shakes things up a little too much. And amidst all the comedy and prom drama, you'd be hard-pressed to find two teen stars as talented, attractive, and appealing as Prinze and Cook. Prinze is an approachable and sensitive jock, though it's Cook who's the true star, investing Laney with confidence, humor, and heart. Like Zach, you'll be hard-pressed not to fall in love with her. By the story's end, both Cook and the film will have charmed the socks off of you. --Mark Englehart
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Laney is about as big an outsider as Taylor's ego. She's an artist - she has been advised that many artists are more appreciated after they are dead, so she should kill herself (we all need "friends" like that, right?). She looks after her father and her brother. She's clumsy. She wears unattractive glasses. She wears no makeup. She wears overalls. She even wears a daggy hat while she works in a fast-food joint. They've pulled out all the stops to try to make the beautiful Rachael Leigh Cook look plain (they failed, but they tried hard!).
This is the predictable My Fair Lady type of story, or so it seems at first, especially when Zack's sister Mackenzie (Anna Paquin) gets involved to do a make-over on Laney. But there are some nice little twists, and they add up to a film that's different enough to be a pleasant time.Read more ›
Spring break done, and Zach Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and his fellow students are looking forward to the remaining six weeks of schooling at Harrison High. Zach is rich and good-looking, is the class president, captain of the soccer team, most popular guy in school. He loses a bit of shine when his smoking hot girlfriend, the stunning but oh-so-hateful Taylor Vaughan (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), breaks up with him on account of her having hooked up with a reality television star while spring breaking in Daytona Beach.
Zach's feelings are stung, and this makes him vulnerable to his buddy's taunting. In one of those wagers in which you just know someone's gonna get hurt, Zach posits that he can take any girl in school and, in six weeks' time, make her prom queen. But he balks at the girl his pal finally picks out: Laney Boggs.
Laney (Rachel Leigh Cook) is mousy and sullen and unapproachable. She's a brooding artist whose art suffers because of her inability to open up.Read more ›
When school starts Zach (Prinze) who is the popular, jock gets dumped by his popular girlfriend Taylor (Jodi Lyn O' Keefe) after spring break. So he's left dateless for the very important prom. With a little provoking from his not so sensitive bestfriend (Walker) he bets that he can make any girl into a prom queen only eight weeks before the big event. The victim of their bet: Laney (Cook), a nerdy art student too busy with art to help her dad and brother, and also to make a social life. However, a couple of looks from Zach and a couple of dates, Laney's heart begins to melt, and her appearance at school soars. Then before you know it Zach's falling for her and she's falling for him. Only problem, Zach's bestfriend tries to ruin it for Zach by asking Laney to the prom. Then Laney finds out about their bet and wants nothing to do with Zach. But sooner or later with a little swooning from Zach her heart belongs to him again and Taylor is left out in the cold. So as you can see this is a great movie that is wonderful, and really keeps your attention while the movie is playing. It's kind of like a newer version of Cinderella only instead of a fairy godmother she's got a hunky guy, and ALL THAT. Well, this movie is guaranteed to charm the socks off of you. So if you are looking for a romantic comedy this movie is for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie is one of those movies I watch everytime it comes on T.V. Freddie Prinze Jr and Racheal Leigh Cook are fantastic as the jock and the artsy nerd who eventually find love. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Shanon
It's a cute film. Enjoyed watching it with the daughter. My only complaint is that "the unattractive girl who is turned beautiful" device fails every time the filmmakers... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Warren Cancilla
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