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She's All That

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Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, ...

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.