She’s All That

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Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger

Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr, Rachael Leigh Cook, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Anna Paquin, Kieran Culkin

Director: Robert Iscove

Set in a high school around members of a senior class about to graduate, Zach Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr), plays the student president who, after being ditched by his girlfriend Taylor Vaughan (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) expected by all to be the prom queen, takes on a bet to make any girl chosen into the next prom queen to beat Taylor. The girl picked is Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook), a plain, introverted student who is not particularly popular.

Although it’s a pretty thin storyline SHE’S ALL THAT works because it avoids mixing in the usual high school comedy humour, which although fine in its context would have been a disaster here. Alright, we all know that untying the tied back hair, replacing the glasses with contact lenses and putting on a sexy figure hugging dress will make the girl into a hot babe, but put the cynicism aside and you have quite decent acting and an enjoyable if fairly lightweight movie

See if you can spot the gorgeous Sarah Michelle Gellar sitting in the school canteen, yes she’s the real life girlfriend of Freddie Prinze Jr. She even gets a producer’s thanks on the credits!

3 out of 6 stars