(out of 5)
Adorable comedy produced by and starring Drew Barrymore. She plays a twenty five year-old copy editor for the Washington Post who finally gets the opportunity to be the journalist of her dreams when she’s assigned the task of going undercover at her old high school and reporting on teenagers of the present generation. She was a painfully out-of-step geek in high school, so getting in a second time and hanging with the cool kids is not going to be easy. The film awkwardly careens between slapstick comedy and touching coming-of-age drama, throws in a little romance, and never really decides what kind of story it actually wants to tell. What makes it gel, though, is a courageous performance by its leading lady, who meets every turn of the plot and every twist of genre that director Raja Gosnell throws at her with brilliant aplomb; the sincerity we are accustomed to getting from her performances is well in evidence here. Michael Vartan is charming as the love interest, a high school teacher who doesn’t know just why he clicks so well with this new student.
Directed by Raja Gosnell
Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy
Music by David Newman
Production Design by Steven J. Jordan
Costume Design by Mona May