Not Another Teen Movie
He's all that. Popular guy Jake tries to impress the dowdy-yet-gorgeous Janey.
dir Joel Gallen
scr Michael G Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson
with Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Mia Kirschner, Lacey Chabert, Cody McMains, Deon Richmond, Randy Quaid, Ed Lauter, Mr T, Paul Gleason, Molly Ringwald
release US 14.Dec.01; UK 24.May.02
01/US 1h29

2 out of 5 stars
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the teen mother of all movies This spoof's working title was Ten Things I Hate About Clueless Road Trips When I Can't Hardly Wait to Be Kissed, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know. The patchwork plot is basically She's All That's Pygmalion rip-off blended with elements from teen movies all the way back to John Hughes' The Breakfast Club (complete with Gleason playing the same character, and a climactic cameo from Ringwold). In fact, it's set in John Hughes High School, where Janey (Leigh) is a gorgeous girl with goofy glasses and paint-covered overalls, thus she's the "project" for popular jock Jake (Evans) to transform in to a potential prom queen. All the stereotypes are here--snooty cheerleader (Pressly), bratty little brother (McMains), token black guy (Richmond), shell-shocked dad (Quaid), foul-mouthed coach (Lauter) and so on.

In addition to those already mentioned, the film includes relatively adept swipes at Cruel Intentions, American Pie and Bring it On, although basically every scene is a laborious set-up for a lame punchline making fun of a kind of film that borders on spoof anyway. But there are several so-stupid-they're-funny gags along the way, as well as hilarious performances by a cast of beautiful lookalikes, all of whom act just as well (if not better) than the actors they're poking fun at. And the choice of music is thoroughly inspired ... and often the funniest thing about a scene. That said, not nearly enough gags hit the target; long stretches of the film are completely gag-free. While big teen set pieces are here (football championship, prom, an inexplicable musical number), there are a couple of serious omissions: no student production of a Shakespeare play, no heartwarming captain-my-captain moment. Still, compared to the Scary Movie franchise, this is a masterpiece.
themes, language, nudity, vulgarity cert 15 21.Feb.02

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the teen mother of all movies send your review to Shadows... Hayley Smith, Nottingham: "It's the best film i've seen. It is funny and just my style. I love the prom song; it's wicked. I wish there was a Not Another Teen Movie 2. I also want to meet the boy who plays Mitch, called Cody McMains. He is gorgeous! I love everything about him, please get him to email me." (6.Apr.03)

Dede, Ohio: 5/5 "Who ever wrote Cody Mcmains was hot I agree! I loved the song 'prom tonight' also. The movie was great! Really Funny. They soo should make Not Another Teen Movie 2, like 2 years later, it would be awsome!" (31.Jan.05)

2002 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall