Michael Sauter
July 13, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

She's All That

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
01/29/99
performer
Rachael Leigh Cook, Freddie Prinze Jr., Kieran Culkin, Clea DuVall, Matthew Lillard, Anna Paquin, Kevin Pollak, Gabrielle Union, Paul Walker
guest performer
Lil' Kim, Usher
director
Robert Iscove
distributor
Miramax
author
R. Lee Fleming Jr.
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a C-

With her big, dark eyes and her precociously self-possessed way of making even dumb dialogue sound smart, Cook comes across like a young Winona Ryder. Good for her, because it means she’s destined for better movies than this unconvincing high school romantic comedy, in which she plays a brainy dork who blooms into a potential prom queen when the class president (Prinze) starts courting her on a bet.

”I feel just like Julia Roberts in ”Pretty Woman”–except for the whole hooker thing,” she says, summing up the movie’s somewhat snide take on the Cinderella/Pygmalion themes. That line also highlights the tinny artificiality of a feel-good fantasy that became a theatrical hit by playing all the right music and speaking all the right slang. But it has almost no feel for real teen emotions.

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