DEBORAH KAPLAN, HARRY ELFONT
Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Charming confetti based on the Archie sidebar comic strip, about a group of young girls who form a band and are trying to hit the big time. Overnight success happens, literally overnight, and soon they find themselves being plastered on the cover of every magazine, albums selling like hotcakes and fans buzzing around them like mad bumblebees. Is everything what it seems, or does it just seem like they have it a bit too easy, or maybe their market-savvy managers have their own personal gain in mind? Directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont don’t mess around with the message here: teens are overpowered by advertisements aimed at their insecurities about fitting in, and here they exploit that issue beyond logical sense (the shower curtains with McDonald’s advertisements are so subtle). All of this is greatly helped by the charming performances of its leads, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson, with winning support from the fabulous Parker Posey, plus a great soundtrack that just never stops. Enjoy!
Cinematography by Matthew Libatique
Music by John Frizzell
Production Design by Jasna Stefanovic
Costume Design by Leesa Evans
Film Editing by Peter Teschner