Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 2001. Columbia Pictures Corporation, Original Film, Neal H. Moritz Productions. Screenplay by Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson. Cinematography by Reynaldo Villalobos. Produced by Neal H. Moritz. Music by Theodore Shapiro. Production Design by Joseph T. Garrity. Costume Design by Florence-Isabelle Megginson. Film Editing by Steve Welch.
Hilarious spoof that takes on the recent spate of cloying teen-oriented films and makes a decided improvement on the Wayans brothers’ Scary Movie franchise, thanks mostly to a lighter touch with the raunchier jokes and an emphasis on the ridiculous rather than the racy. A cast of appealing youngsters ably fill in the traditionally stereotyped roles that dominate the teen genre, from the popular high school jock (Chris Evans), to the mean Catholic school girl (Mia Kirshner, the best in the film) and the popular bimbo cheerleader (Jaime Pressly). Elements from such films as She’s All That, Bring It On and American Beauty, as well as tributes to classic John Hughes teen angst films like The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink are what the plot heavily draws from, then caps it off with a hysterical musical number. Sometimes the humour is too obvious and not witty enough, but other times it’s so deliciously silly it provides for some major belly-ache laughs.