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Awesome: 17.86%
Worth A Look: 7.14%
Average: 3.57%
Pretty Bad: 25%
Total Crap46.43%

2 reviews, 16 user ratings

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by Jason Whyte

"Hey, somebody had to see it..."
1 stars

"Sleepover" is yet another moronic high school comedy that is rife with annoying characters, bad writing and multiple subplots that the filmmakers must think HAVE to be in movies like this. These kinds of movies may have worked in the 80's by way of John Hughes or Chris Columbus, but in 2004, they're as stale as week old bread.

I had no idea of this film walking in. It was either a screening of this or subject myself to "White Chicks" (which has already been torn apart by some of my colleagues on EfilmCritic), so why not give this movie a chance. As the lights dimmed, the Hot New Soundtrack started warming up and the bubbly opening credits started flashing on the screen, I suddenly realized I had just made a mistake.

In fact, one of the opening lines signals off the plot. Hannah (Mika Boorem) is moving to Vancouver in one day ("Where is Vancouver, anyway?" Julie asks rhetorically. What I wouldn't give for the script to have a strife of originality where Hannah would say "It's in Washington."), so that means that they have to, like, have a sleepover and stuff. Julie (Alexa Vega) is her best friend, who is somewhat neurotic and, yep, in love with a jock. But since these two girls are adorable, that means they're social outcasts and can't sit at the cool place for lunch. No no, that belongs to four snotty girls (Brie Larson and Sarah Paxton, the other two don't utter a signle line in the whole film so it's not worth hitting their names off of IMDB Pro) who "own" the school.

The plot kicks off when the four snotty girls make a scavenger hunt bet with the adorable social outcast girls. The winner gets to eat lunch at the "cool" place near the water fountain. This "hunt" involves getting a drink in a night club, taking clothes out of a shopping display window, getting a dance crown, and so on. And before you know it, they're all off on an adventure in an electric car that no one notices that they're underage kids and driving, they're stealing clothes from a clothing store and no one notices they're in the display window (not even the store owners!), and they somehow sneak into a club even though they couldn't even pass for high school.

I wish I was making all of this up. A girl moving to Vancouver, Washington would be a great idea for a comedy, where the girl thought she was moving to Canada but instead got stuck in that city just north of Portland, Oregon. (Surprisingly, "Sleepover" was not shot in Vancouver, but rather in Los Angeles.)

Subplots abound: One of Julie and Hannah's friends Yancy (Kallie Flynn Childress) has problems with her weight and, of course, runs into another chubby guy who likes her. There's Julie's dad (Jeff Garlin) who spends the entire film fixing a problem with the sink. Julie's mom Gabby the mom (Jane Lynch, most remembered from Christopher Guest's movies and the immortal line from "Best In Show": "She looks like a cocktail waitress on an oil rig!") is one of those moms that wants nothing more than to go out partying, and then happens to show up at the same club that the girls have to go to. There's also the college-bored brother (Sam Huntington) who helps cover the girls' adventure because they're supposed to be having a typical sleepover where they eat pizza and listen to Spice Girls. And let's not forget that jock, who suddenly takes a liking to Julie when she skateboards past his eyeline.

All four of the lead actresses, especially Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids") and Mika Boorem ("Hearts in Atlantis") are cute, but they have absolutely nothing to do. The mere presence of Vega is a major step backwards from the kick-ass girl power she exuded in the Robert Rodriquez films. Did she just take those roles so she could be in some silly comedy? Mika Boorem plays the entire role in mini-tanktops and merely stares and reacts to everything that happens around her. Maybe she learned a few acting tips from Kate Bosworth in "Blue Crush."

There are many child and teen actors out right now that I'm sure would love to make an actual movie about teen life, so why not just go and do it? Is it really that hard? It would be cool to get Lukas Moodysson ("Show Me Love", "Lilya 4-Ever") over to America and make some films to show how teens really live and breathe, rather than make a movie that looks like the next "Mean Girls" ripoff.

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User Comments

11/17/07 David Pollastrini not great not terrible 3 stars
12/24/06 Molly I left the movie theater,it was so bad 1 stars
5/26/05 Rhea Galloway It is funny. 5 stars
4/21/05 latia This movie is my most fav movie ever! Mika u rock 5 stars
1/04/05 tatum Only nudity and hardcore lesbian sex could have helped this junk 1 stars
10/10/04 sarah i loved it!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/26/04 Heather Purplethorne LAME! Alexa Vega was better in the Spy Kids flicks. She's no rising star yet. 2 stars
8/05/04 neveh Russell was so hot it made the movie worth seeing 4 stars
7/22/04 cori crappy movie x10 1 stars
7/17/04 legend What a waste of film. Tired teen movie. 1 stars
7/15/04 Betty Browne I see a decently entertaining teen pic buried under so much air-headed putrescence 1 stars
7/14/04 emerald i loved it it was cool 5 stars
7/14/04 Hannah I thought the film was ok it wasnt to bad there were a few good parts. 4 stars
7/11/04 Brandi This movie just plain sucks and the jokes are retarded 1 stars
7/10/04 soni it is the best film 5 stars
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  09-Jul-2004 (PG)
  DVD: 23-Nov-2004



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