Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA/Canada, 2006. Twentieth Century Fox, Landscape Entertainment, Dune Entertainment, Major Studio Partners, John US Productions. Screenplay by Jeff Lowell. Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond. Produced by Michael Birnbaum, Bob Cooper. Music by Richard Gibbs. Production Design by Marcia Hinds. Costume Design by Alexander Welker. Film Editing by Matt Friedman.
Charming comedy veers into lowbrow foolishness from time to time but is mostly a pleasant affair. Brittany Snow is weak in the main role as a perpetually ignored teenager who befriends three popular girls at school when she notices that they are all dating the school’s most popular jock student (Jesse Metcalfe). She unites them into a task force, the film’s best scenes since the three young ladies are the best performances and make up for Snow’s miscasting in the lead, coming up with stranger and goofier ways to destroy his reputation that consistently backfire. When the girls suggest that Snow herself make herself over into the ultimate weapon to take the man down, it becomes a flirtation with power that could threaten the entire operation considering she has been connecting in a more genuine way with John’s charming brother (Penn Badgley). Light direction and easy humour are combined with a resolution that seeks no cure for how impossible teenagers truly are, adorably presenting them as a blight on the planet at both ends of the story.