Title: She’s All That (Film)
Director: Robert Iscove
Production Company: Miramax
Release Date: 1999
Zack Siler rules his school, but when his hot girlfriend dumps him, he feels forced to save face. He makes a bet with his friend that he can make any girl prom queen, just through romantic association with her. In an effort to prove him wrong, his friend selects the bumbling Laney Boggs as their target. Zack is at first miffed when Laney refuses to give him the time of day, but his persistence eventually wins her over. As Zack gets to know Laney, he realizes that she is nowhere near as heinous as he first thought. Laney is kind and talented, and after an impromptu makeover, smoking hot. As the prom date approaches, Zack develops feelings for Laney and begins to worry that she will find out about the bet that brought them together.
It is almost humorous the way they try to pass off the gorgeous actress Rachael Leigh Cook as a frumpy and unassuming art geek. Her miraculous make-over comes as no surprise. Take off the thick glasses and terrible wig and you have a conventional beauty. The character Zack struggles with some very real issues, such as meeting parental expectations and choosing a college. The relationship development between Zack and Laney is sweet, but it seems unlikely their characters would have any lasting relationship in the real world. Despite its rather corny acting and dialogue, it is still a fun movie to watch.
Viewer’s Annotation: From art geek to prom queen. All in a days work.
About the Director:
Genre: romance, comedy
Curriculum Ties: N/A
- Discuss popularity and what elements define social status in high school.
Challenge Issues: sexual content, crude humor, strong language, teen partying
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Justification of Selection: This has been an extremely popular teen movie since its release over a decade ago.
IMDB. (n.d.). Robert Iscove biography. IMDB. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0410769/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm