(out of 5)
This cute ensemble comedy will have a great deal of appeal for its demographic target, taking place on the last night of high school following a graduation ceremony. A party at a young woman’s house gets out of control as a group of teenagers deal with their final moments together before entering the adult world, centering around Ethan Embry and his obsession with the lovely young Jennifer Love Hewitt. Meanwhile, Lauren Ambrose gets stuck in the bathroom with obnoxious Seth Green and Charlie Korsmo (in his last film) intends to get back at the jock (Peter Facinelli) who made his life hell for the last four years but ironically, he ends up being the life of the party instead. It is pleasant and fun, surprisingly dated (the gay jokes will offend more modern sensibilities), and has a commitment to presenting real versions of teenagers that also accounts for why it is not as sprightly as its contemporaries, as there isn’t the humour or delicious wit of something like Clueless.
Columbia Pictures Corporation, Tall Trees Productions
Screenplay by Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
Cinematography by Lloyd Ahern II
Music by David Kitay
Costume Design by Mark Bridges
Film Editing by Michael Jablow