Bruce Fretts
May 03, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Not Another Teen Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
82 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/14/01
performer
Joy Bisco, Mia Kirshner, Jaime Pressly, Randy Quaid, Joy Ghoring, Beverly Polcyn
director
Joel Gallen
distributor
Columbia Tri-Star
author
Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson, Mike Bender
genre
Comedy

We gave it a D+

How do you parody comedies? Apparently, by not being funny. Movie attempts to spoof youthsploitation pics from The Breakfast Club to American Pie, but the how-low-brow-will-you-go script ultimately generates more yucks! than yuks. The plot, to use the word loosely, mostly sends up She’s All That, with relative unknowns Chris Evans and Chyler Leigh taking on the Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook roles. Director Joel Gallen’s dual identity as the ringleader behind the tastefully restrained post- Sept. 11 special America: A Tribute to Heroes packs more shock value than any of the studiously disgusting gags he spews out here.

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