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She's All That
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by Erik Childress

"May Be the Sleeper of the Year"
4 stars

She’s All That (***) - On a survey that one of my friends gives me every year about movies, he always lists a bunch of special categories like “Favorite Character in a Movie” or “Most Boring Film”. One of the columns lists a title that reads “Biggest Sleeper” - which is in regards to a good film that gets overlooked by the public or a movie that shocked the hell out of me by how much I enjoyed it. Get where I’m going here?

I wasn’t expecting very much out of this film especially since the idea has been retread through tons of feature films, Disney Channel flicks, and after school specials, but I found myself laughing and caring about the two main characters in the film. I’m as skeptical as they come when it comes to retreading stale waters. Forget for a moment that you can see how the film will turn out by the previews or that its another film about a “ugly duckling” that anyone with a good eye could see was a beauty in disguise. Rachael Leigh Cook is that beauty and quite frankly, she’s gorgeous. I could stare into those eyes all day. But I couldn’t believe how much I was laughing in the theater, out loud, and very loud, during many scenes - especially at jokes that seemed like the audience didn’t even get. The last time that happened was another teenage film called “Clueless”. For example, I’m a big hater of MTV’s Real World and this film takes some real shots at it by casting a character who essentially is playing Puck, who all MTV watchers will remember as the jagoff who was such a jagoff that he actually got tossed out of the house. Matthew Lillard from Scream really relishes playing this role, even if he is a minor character. Another great moment involves Kevin Pollak, the father of the Cook character, watching Jeopardy and spouting out incredibly funny answers in a serious tone. To the question - “Who invented the printing press?” Pollak answers “Who is Hewlett-Packard”. It’s a great scene and it’s played in the background while the movie progresses in the foreground. I almost drowned out the foreground with my laughter. Also out of left field comes a whacked-out performance art piece with a cameo from Alexis Arquette (the Boy George wannabe from The Wedding Singer). In the same way the Baldwin brothers get less talented with age - the Arquette boys get weirder and scarier. There are so many great individual moments that make up the movie that you grant the film its premise (unlike in another movie I saw the same night). I loved the moment when Cook is given her makeover. We’ve seen it hundreds of times, but there are little touches that make the scene work perfectly. I don’t wanna say too much to spoil the film, but I’d be remissed if I didn’t mention the film has the best gross out joke I’ve seen since There’s Something About Mary - one which even Clarence Thomas would be proud of. As for the performances - well the film is full of fresh faces, all of them doing their part. But the biggest surprise for me was Freddie Prinze Jr. I have to admit that I didn’t think much of Chico and the Man’s son from the Jennifer Love Hewitt pictures, but he did a complete 180 on me with this role, giving his role some sweetness and not your typical popular asshole jock where Jodi Lyn O’Keefe plays your garden variety Prom Queen bitch, a character that makes a serious argument against the age-old wisdom of not hitting women. And Rachael Leigh Cook is a complete delight. My God those eyes.

I had a smile on my face for all 97 minutes of the film and I wouldn’t be surprised if 1999’s column under “Biggest Sleeper” read She’s All That.

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User Comments

7/25/09 art THUMBS DOWN TO THIS JUNK! 1 stars
11/08/07 Carmen Crowe Lame comedy, silly hero, surly heroine. And HOW can you shit frisbees? 2 stars
2/08/07 David Pollastrini R L Cook is hot! 3 stars
8/03/06 Nicole I liked it, if you like teen movies, this one is worth a look 4 stars
12/23/05 cody a decent teeny flick with good story, rachael and freddy give good perfomances, good music 3 stars
8/26/05 ES Rachael Leigh Cook is gorgeous but this movie is a dumb as can be 1 stars
7/19/05 Eric Rollins Pygmallion were art thou, story so old it has whiskers 2 stars
8/25/04 brooke pure crap 2 stars
6/29/04 vincent great 5 stars
5/01/04 John smith this movie sucked balls 1 stars
3/13/04 ladeela the movie was goddamm horrible and thats all there is to it 1 stars
2/09/04 Whatevr Yeah "she's all that." All that awful! 1 stars
12/24/03 Orbinson Lo mejor la tia buena de Jodie Lynn, la pone muy gorda !!!!! 2 stars
11/07/03 Samuel Matthew Lillard is the only thing that makes freddie Prinze Jr. movies good 2 stars
10/18/03 Wendy Carpenter She's all brat is more like it. Rachel Leigh Cook less exciting than hangnails. 2 stars
10/10/03 Erik Van Sant This shit has been done so many times in so many better ways. Prinze is a brownie-hound. 1 stars
9/10/03 nr i thought it was a great film and the actors did great 5 stars
9/02/03 Dawn All involved must die a slow and torturous death at the hands of those who saw the film. 1 stars
8/23/03 Valerie Cameron Good for something. Gave NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE something worth spoofing! 2 stars
3/18/03 Des Excellent 5 stars
1/11/03 Barry they used a double for his dancing. Why not for his fucken acting? Or rather LACK OF IT. 1 stars
11/07/02 a sweet lady she's living my fantasy... a popular guy going for a unique girl like me....won't happen. 5 stars
8/18/02 P.Rodriguez Wendy piss off RLC is the most stunningly beautiful woman in this world. Damn what a honey! 5 stars
7/02/02 KMG Freddie: "Note to self...stop doing the same fucking movie!" 1 stars
6/22/02 Wendy Carpenter She's all brat is more like it. Rachel Leigh Cook less exciting than hangnails. 2 stars
6/17/02 Ashley Corpening "Rectal archaeology" best line; downhill from there. 2 stars
6/12/02 Edith the Maid and Meredith the Mermaid Surly heroine, sometimes cruel jock hero, and HOW can one shit frisbees? 2 stars
5/18/02 Dark Barřn Yeah. 1 stars
4/26/02 Ashley Corpening After seeing Crossroads, I find I was too hard on Britney Spears! 2 stars
4/03/02 Film Guy She's All Shit 1 stars
3/03/02 Wendy Carpenter She's all brat is more like it. Rachel Leigh Cook less exciting than hangnails. 2 stars
2/26/02 minnie it is ok... 5 stars
2/25/02 Jenny Tullwartz Rachael Leigh Cook's a great actress! Believe me! My butt just sucked a fart back in. 1 stars
2/22/02 Julia Cox Best if you pretend it's a parody of NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE 3 stars
2/15/02 Carmen Crowe Lame comedy, silly hero, sultry heroine. And HOW can you shit frisbees? 2 stars
2/11/02 BINGO Not a bad time-waster, but forgettable. 3 stars
2/04/02 Ashley Corpening all that sure ain't much. Rachel Leigh Cook a cross between britney spears & barbara boxer. 2 stars
2/03/02 Allison Lafferty "rectal archaeology" best line; dwnhill frm there; Prinze wsted: wht expct frm R Lie Cook 2 stars
1/27/02 Andrew Carden Watchable, but Not Very Enjoyable At Times. Cute. 3 stars
1/21/02 Alex This Is A Awsome Moive 5 stars
1/10/02 kristina meski uh!!! 3 stars
1/03/02 boy unjur marluga simangunsong what a great romantic funky film 5 stars
11/27/01 KMG Note to Freddie...I want my fucking 4 bucks back! 1 stars
11/12/01 Jon C. Ericson Yes, another stereotypical high school flick. 3 stars
11/12/01 Gracy Lionheart This movie is particularly odious to me. Wow...glasses + braid = ugly. Not Impressed 1 stars
9/02/01 hilary awesome 5 stars
8/22/01 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Not all that 3 stars
8/10/01 Hilary Clarke Interesting but kind of dumb! 5 stars
5/05/01 The Moorhen Total utter complete shit. Usher Raymond thinks he's the music masta, which he isn't. 1 stars
4/09/01 Gary Good movie 4 stars
3/18/01 Hannah B Freddy Prinze Jr is so hot in the movie and thats all i have to say 5 stars
2/06/01 Sully Cook is cute...Prince is predictably bland...kind of funny...good waste of 1.5 hrs. 3 stars
9/09/00 Bob Fugate Chick Flick for teenage girls,silly not funny. 2 stars
7/11/00 Matthew Bartley A price on Prinze Jr's head. How much more of this formulaic crap can they churn out? 1 stars
5/10/00 Steve Layne Predictable, semi-cheesy, but still amusing and entertaining. 4 stars
5/06/00 P.Rodriguez Rachael leigh Cook is the most beautiful female on the planet. Just watch it for her!! 5 stars
3/12/00 Richard Wright "She" may be all that, but this film wasn't. Formula filmmaking at its most mediocre. 2 stars
2/26/00 Bozo it was okay at best; Prinze has charisma to spare 3 stars
2/06/00 Kyle Broflovski Retch, hurl, spew, gag. Give me "Election" over this prefab bullshit anyday. 2 stars
2/04/00 Jen I thought it was grreat, Freddie is such a babe 5 stars
1/31/00 Tom H. I liked it but I guess you have to be American to truly appreciate it. 5 stars
1/18/00 Markus Vankamp Great film 5 stars
1/13/00 Brittnee This movie was awesome movie and I recomend that you check it out! 4 stars
11/22/99 Ralf Behet The script is rather dull, but the cast is good. Prom night dance number is a standout. 4 stars
10/18/99 Christine Filipowski Minus the dance routine at the end, I loved it. 4 stars
10/06/99 Eleasha Cute and Funny 5 stars
9/05/99 The Bomb 69 Felt like it was missing something, oh yea humor 2 stars
7/22/99 Casey Kepping It tops all other movies!! 5 stars
7/21/99 Tristynn delightful...Matthew Lillard yet again steals the entire movie.. he is great!!! 4 stars
7/06/99 Drew Rogers Best fil ever made, rachael leigh cook is fucking gorgeous 5 stars
6/29/99 michelle lim the movie is great! 5 stars
6/24/99 tricia freddie prinz jr makes it so worhtwhile! 5 stars
6/15/99 David She IS all that, but why is she in such a tired, "I'll bet you can seducer her" story? 3 stars
5/17/99 Beat_Me_Clever The pizza pubes made me want to vomit 2 stars
5/09/99 Vorg Shitty movie and don't go on a date there, you'll regret it and will be horrified forever 1 stars
4/24/99 tracey pretty good 4 stars
4/05/99 Stephanie Great movie to see with friends. 4 stars
3/31/99 Erin it's just so FUN!!!! 5 stars
3/30/99 shay this movie rocked! 5 stars
3/28/99 HeatherLadyBug Um, She's NOT all that. Perhaps half that. 2 stars
3/25/99 Shauna I liked it. 5 stars
3/21/99 punkrockgeek you can see the boom mic durring the 1st 10 minutes of the movie. so distracting! 3 stars
3/18/99 Bob Pathetic shit --- Has anyone seen that fucking BETH? 1 stars
3/14/99 Dharma halfway through the movie i started pleading with my friends to leave, crying MAKE IT STOP! 1 stars
3/12/99 Natalie It was cute and definitely a first date type of movie. 4 stars
3/11/99 Whitney Awesome 5 stars
3/06/99 Master P Rachel Leigh Cook....she's all that..AND A BAG OF CHIPS 5 stars
3/04/99 Mr Showbiz By far the film's worst acting comes from Rachael Leigh Cook. Not all that. 3 stars
3/03/99 Sandra "Throughout the movie, people couldn't help sighing,but it was a great movie." 5 stars
3/03/99 ODB The school dork is a fucking fox!!! Freddie Prinze should have no problem pimpin' her ass. 1 stars
3/01/99 Reyna Freddie Prinze Jr is a sex machine!!! 5 stars
2/27/99 Jerry-93 Let me get this straight, this chick is supposed to be some sort of outcast? Fuck that! 2 stars
2/25/99 Spazmatazz midgets. matthew lillard. need I say more? (midgets!!) 4 stars
2/25/99 Powrhug Hey! I'm an 80s woman, the fact that it reminded me of my favs from high school was a plus 4 stars
2/25/99 Alli Shea I loved it!!! It was a great plot, and was never boring. 5 stars
2/25/99 Hot Ashes I really liked this movie! The guys were hot, the girls were humorous, and it was funny 5 stars
2/24/99 mochacchino usher was the worst part of the movie but it was sooo predictable 4 stars
2/24/99 Mira It didn't suck nearly as much as I thought it would.If you like mindlessness and Prinze Jr 3 stars
2/21/99 Shanandler Bong Total teeny-booper flick. 4 stars
2/18/99 Piz the best of the teeny-bopper valentine flicks 4 stars
2/15/99 Amanda Reinken I liked the fact that the girl was able to become cool, but it needs to have sub plots. 3 stars
2/10/99 poolboy Smart Comedy 4 stars
2/07/99 Sparkle! I thought it was adorable! 4 stars
2/06/99 Freyja Stupid, uninspired piece of teenage centered crap. 1 stars
2/05/99 calgary47 not bad, Freddie Prinze is hot 3 stars
2/05/99 Emily It was cute, but as predictable as they come 3 stars
2/01/99 Master P Rachel Leigh Cook...she's all that..and a bag of chips. 4 stars
2/01/99 Tom Ripley Umpteenth retelling of Pygmalion; worth seeing for Matt Lillard's version of MTV's Puck ;-) 4 stars
2/01/99 Bridgette message below should read "nothing special, but NOT horrible" 3 stars
2/01/99 Bridgette nothing special, but horrible 3 stars
1/30/99 Boner charming movie...if not a bit off da hook wacky 4 stars
1/30/99 Mr Showbiz Uninspired John Hughes knockoff 3 stars
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