Who's in It:
Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long, Jack Carpenter, John Schneider
The Basics: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs plus Revenge of the Nerds plus High School Musical minus the singing part of HSM and minus the stuff a comedy normally has that makes you laugh.
What's the Deal? Here's the thing about movies aimed at 10-year-old girls: They always seem to be about exactly the same thing. The heroine is always slightly (but not extremely) to the left of mainstream. And she's still supercute and good-hearted and ultimately bland, ensuring that she'll be the one who gets the most popular boy in the end. There are always two warring camps, the populars and the outcasts, and no one in between. But the reality is that there's a whole spectrum of young women out there, and with the exception of the elementary-school-aged agnostic girl in Bridge to Terabithia and Nikki Blonsky's Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray, I can't think of a single movie released in 2007 that acknowledges this fact.
Will Your 10-Year-Old Daughter Like It Anyway? Yes.
Blatant (and Really Weird) Lies This Movie Tries to Pass Off as Truth in Order to Make the Plot Work:
1. The main character is a tomboy who reads comic books, owns not a single skirt, craves the gift of power tools for her birthday and yet still somehow believes that joining a sorority is exactly how she'll fit in at college, clearly never having heard a peep about sorority life before enrolling.
2. Uncool students are banished to substandard housing as though there were a law on the books mandating it be so. This, by the way, is also exactly what happens in Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.
3. Only developmentally disabled, extreme geeks play video games. That's why that form of media is so unpopular.
4. Student council actually matters.
5. Re: No. 1 tomboys also really like to hit the spray-tan salon. A LOT.