She’s All That (1999) – Review

3 Stars

1999 was obviously the last year of the decade and millennium. It was also a year that saw the release of a number of movies aimed at teenagers. Miramax which released She’s All That specialized in this type of flick aimed at that particular demographic. Having worked the crowd and material over the course of the 1990s Miramax was producing high-quality, glossy, ultimately forgettable movies by the late nineties.

High school star athlete Zach Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is dumped by his prom queen shoo-in girlfriend (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) for a self-obsessed cast member (Matthew Lillard) from MTV’s The Real World. Now, with only six weeks til prom, he’s on the rebound and looking for a date. Zach decides to take a bet from his teammates that he can turn the mousey bespectacled Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) into the prom queen.

It’s no surprise that writer R. Lee Fleming, Jr. has looked to George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion for loose inspiration. It is a surprise that She’s All That is so much fun and moves like lighting across 95 minutes. While She’s All That is a harmless and funny piece of fluff it didn’t achieve the pop culture status of American Pie.

Director: Robert Iscove
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard

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