Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1999. Miramax, Tapestry Films, FilmColony, All That Productions. Screenplay by R. Lee Fleming Jr.. Cinematography by Francis Kenny. Produced by Peter Abrams, Richard N. Gladstein, Robert L. Levy. Music by Stewart Copeland. Production Design by Charles William Breen. Costume Design by Denise Wingate. Film Editing by Casey O. Rohrs.
Teens will find much to enjoy in this forgettable little comedy that takes a youthful spin on Pygmalion (when oh when will these classics-adapted-for-teens ever stop? At least Clueless and Ten Things I Hate About You were clever). Rachael Leigh Cook overdoes the devoted geek bit as a young woman romanced by hunky prep Freddie Prinze Jr. He has been dared by pal Paul Walker to take Cook to the prom and see if he can make a ‘doable’ chick out of her. Important teenage issues such as prom night sex and the ability to do performance art in front of your peers are dealt with intelligently, but only when you compare the film to a low-grade issue of Teen Beat. Still, it is colourful and fun for the youngsters, and the characters are all likeable.