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She's All That Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    She's All That isn't mindless, just techniqueless...What's on the screen says they aren't yet up to speed on making feature films. Most of the actors mumble while the script lurches from one sketchy notion to the next. All the same, She's All That offers insights into life as it is lived, or at least filmed, in Southern California. [29 Jan 1999, p. W1]

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    What starts as a bright and bouncy time-waster that at least borrows from the best of its genre-defining ilk -- "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", "Clueless", "Carrie", "The Breakfast Club" -- eventually stumbles into sappy message-movie territory. [29 Jan 1999, p. 09E]

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Visually, the film is skin and bones. Iscove and cinematographer Francis Kenny ("A Night at the Roxbury") have the most fun with "Grease"-like dance numbers in the finale. [27 January 1999]

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The two stars are like cool kids pretending to be tortured poets pretending to be cool. Neither can match the screen presence — the shameless self-infatuated ebullience — of Matthew Lillard, who does a wickedly grotesque turn as Brock Hudson, a kind of goggle-eyed Puck manqué in the film's dead-on send-up of "The Real World."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    Rachael Leigh Cook, as Laney, the plain Jane object of the makeover, is forced to demonstrate the biggest emotional range as a character, and she is equal to the assignment. I look forward to seeing her in her next picture. [29 Jan 1999, p.A]

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Iffy for 14+

Uneven "ugly duckling" teen flick.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has strong language, teen drinking, and casual sex (though not by the main characters). Zach's friend brags that he is going to get Laney to have sex with him in a hotel room he has arranged for the occasion. For some reason, when Laney's friend overhears this, instead of making the stunningly obvious move of telling Laney what the guy has in mind, he races around trying to get the message to someone else. Parents should know that the movie includes an ugly and graphic scene in which a school bully torments Laney's hearing-impaired brother by reaching into his pants to grab some pubic hair and putting it on his pizza. Zach then forces the bully and his friend to eat it. Yuck.

  • Families can talk about what parts of this movie seem realistic and what parts seem absurd.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Individual differences.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Fistfights, bullies.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some casual sex, but not by main characters.

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    Language: Some.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teen drinking.