This movie is a lot less humorous if you're in the throes of high school.Sure, for all you out there that have already graduated, this might be a time to look back and reminisce. But for me, a little too much of this rang true. Exclusive cliques? Got 'em. Shun the smart kids? Check. Not that I'm a total social outcast or anything. Far, I'd say, from Josie Gellar status.
Josie Gellar (Drew Barrymore) plays a copy editor going on her first undercover reporting story - pretend to be a high school student and rock the world with what she discovers. It plays like you'd expect it to, with over the top caricatures of almost everyone you ever knew in high school. The final scene of the prom made me roll my eyes, though - why are movies mocking high school kids so popular nowadays? David Arquette gives a good supporting performance as Rob, Josie's 'popular' older brother who swoops in to save her when she discovers that, just as in her real high school experience, she is vastly uncool.
There are some funny scenes, such as when Josie goes to a club and is given a 'ganja brownie' and the scenes that follow ("Oh my god, somebody ate my whole pie!") but mostly this movie tries a little too hard for the laughs.For Barrymore's first producing gig, though, not bad.