Every Friday throughout the summer, were posting a movie that someone on our staff has picked as one of their favorite Miramax films. While the summer blockbusters invade the theaters, consider watching one of the staff picks over the weekend instead. Todays pick is She's All That from our Financial Analyst, Cynthia Rupeka.Cynthia Rupeka
The other month, I read an interview with director, producer, and screenwriter M. Night Shyamalan on Movies.com where he begrudgingly confessed that he ghostwrote Shes All That. Admittedly, I may be reading in-between the lines, but I sensed a tinge of embarrassment upon this revelation. While its a departure from his better known supernatural works like The Sixth Sense or Signs, I say toss aside the shame and say it proud Mr. M Night, this is a great movie!
The story is one weve seen beforepopular but sensitive jock, Zack (Freddie Prinze Jr.), makes a bet with a popular insensitive jock, Dean (Paul Walker), that he can turn the artsy nerdy girl, Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook), into the prom queen. All it takes is contacts, a new haircut, a tight red dress and instantaneous popularity ensues.
While the plot doesnt break new ground, I can smell the 90s Teen Spirit from a mile away. From the self-obsessed Real World character of Brock Hudson (Matthew Lillard), to the kids using pagers and playing Sega, to Zacks impromptu hacky sack interpretive dance performance, or the use phrases like wiggin outit all brings back such fond teenage memories.
If the 90s pop culture references arent enough for you, the movie also includes a few cameos. Usher plays the schools PA Announcer, who somehow is allowed to use his airtime to not only recite the days announcements, but give updates on the latest school gossip (who knew he was the pioneer Gossip Girl). And, while difficult to spot, rapper Lil Kim plays a highschool mean girl cronie.
Finally, if you arent sold yet, the film showcases a mass choreographed dance scene. At the prom, as soon as Fat Boy Slim starts playing, the entire school body breaks into a dance that puts the Macarena to shame and includes a guys vs. girls Grease-esque dance-off.
So, just to summarize if you are ever in the market for a heart-throb loaded rom-com with 90s highschool throwbacks this just may be the film for you.