Kinda Feels Like It Should Be A Movie From An SNL Skit/This Movie Can Be Described By One Word: Stereotypical
Where do I even start? The plot itself is a stereotypical plot that we've all seen before in books/movies/TV shows, a girl goes into middle school trying to be popular, her old BFF becomes super popular and they aren't that close anymore, the main character doesn't become popular but she finds some other outcasts and becomes friends with them and decides she doesn't care about popularity. I'm sure everyone has seen that plot in millions of things before, so it's kinda boring to see this plot reused yet another time. The characters were extremely stereotypical, Jessica (main character) was a normal girl with nothing too special or interesting about her, her elementary school BFF basically becomes a stereotypical cheerleader, her older sister is a stereotypical pretty girl diva, her mom is a want-my-daughter-to-be-more-like-me mom, every boy in the movie treats the girls really horribly, etc. There is nothing special to any of these characters. They're not even characters, they're just stereotypes. Nothing but stereotypes. Okay, now let's talk about how offensive the movie was.
1. Bridget (Jessica's old BFF) compares being at a new school to being "like refugees". Seriously? Refugees face such harsh conditions. Plus she said the word "refugee" like it was dirty and a bad thing.
2. The boys treat the girls horribly and degrade them. They only like Bridget because she's blonde and wears makeup. They only value girls for their appearance. Whenever Jessica goes to woodshed for her elective (She didn't want to, but there weren't spots left in anything else.), the guy she gets partnered with says, "Eww I'm with a chick." In the end they become friends, but I don't think Jessica should've been friends with him after him saying something so sexist and disgusting. Her BFF ends up kinda dating someone, but that guy obviously doesn't care about her as a person he only likes her cause she's hot. The movie totally let all the boys get away with awful and sexist behavior.
3. Jessica's mom wants Jessica to be "girly", but let me further explain some of the things that make this a problem. Jessica's mom wants her daughter to be into makeup and things like that. Whenever Jessica wants to try something that is not "girly", Jessica's mom is just disgusted to the point where it's even more sexist than just wanting your daughter to be "girly", which is obviously sexist in the first place. For example, Jessica decides to try out running as a hobby. Jessica says, "Mom can we go to the mall?" and Jessica's mom gets very excited. Jessica's mom asks if she wants to get makeup and a dress and shoes for the school dance. When Jessica says no I want to get running shoes, the look on Jessica's mother's face is just pure disgust. Then her mom says can we get them in cute colors. Jessica's mom's never even apologizes for her behavior. She should've let her daughter pursue whatever she wanted without being disgusted when she was interested in anything that wasn't "girly."
To sum it up, don't watch this movie. You've already seen this plot so many times, so why watch it again when you could watch a movie that has an original plot.