She's All That

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Uneven "ugly duckling" teen tale has bullying, drinking.
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Thinking for yourself, not succumbing to the peer pressure of cliques. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Laney thinks for herself and doesn't succumb to peer pressure, doesn't care what other students think. Zack learns to be more considerate, thoughtful. 

Violence

Bullying: Lead character's friend trips another student, puts out his cigarette in another student's soda can. Lead character stands up to a pair of bullies. One of these bullies is shown in the cafeteria reaching into his pants, pulling out a ball of pubic hair, and sticking it on top of a slice of pizza. The bully is on the verge of forcing his victim to eat the pizza before the male lead character stands up to the bullies and forces them to eat the pizza. Popular "mean girl" is verbally abusive to those around her. 

Sex

Some casual sex, teens in bed (clothed) at a party. Locker room talk among teen boys about looking for "ass to tap" and how it has been a while "since you got any." When the ex-girlfriend of the lead male character says "jump up my ass," the lead male character retorts with "Been there, done that." Pubic hair placed on a pizza slice.

Language

Regular use of profanity, some sexual innuendo. "F--k" used once. "Bulls--t," "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell," "pissed," "t-ts," "suck," "blew." Teens talk of looking for "ass to tap," and how it has been a while "since you've gotten any." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teen drinking at a party. Teen girl shown extremely drunk at the party, seated in front of a toilet, vomiting. Lead character gets revenge on a girl being snotty to her by covering her face in clown makeup while she's passed out. Teens drink at the prom. Teen smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that She's All That is a 1999 teen movie in which the most popular guy in school makes a bet that he can turn an unpopular girl into the prom queen. There's some bullying, including a disgusting scene involving a boy reaching into the crotch of his pants, pulling out pubic hair, and sticking it on a slice of pizza in the cafeteria. The ex-girlfriend of the lead male character verbally bullies those around her, but suffers the consequences of her actions. Teens drink at a party -- a girl is shown in the bathroom hanging off the toilet and vomiting before passing out. There's talk of casual sex and sexual innuendo, plus regular use of profanity, including one use of "f--k." Cigarette smoking is seen, and teens talk of looking for "ass to tap" and about how it has been a while "since you've gotten any." 

 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySuez June 2, 2015

Iffy Content

There is typical teen swearing and sexual innuendo and the use of one F word. There is also all the other content previously mentioned. As far as actual sexuali... Continue reading
Parent of a 8 and 10 year old Written bybutterflylove2010 July 6, 2010

High schoolers should see this movie

Their was a few sceens that I felt was too extreme and my kids are too young to see this movie but I thought it explained itself very well as to how going to sc... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byjazzyjammrz April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bycindyarthur December 28, 2008

I thought this movie was disgusting. It was about casual sex, teen drinking, and teenagers using terrible language.

I can't believe what Hollywood is making these days. It has casual sex, drinking and bad language. No wonder kids are so sqrewed up these days. Unforturate... Continue reading

What's the story?

SHE'S ALL THAT kicks off with Zach (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), the most popular and talented boy in high school, getting dumped by his beautiful but mean girlfriend. She has met an MTV celebrity (Matthew Lillard). Zach and his best friend bet that he can take any girl in school and get her elected prom queen before the end of school. The choice is drab Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook), who is coping with her mother's death by taking care of her father and brother and by worrying about problems throughout the world instead of working through her own feelings of loss. Laney is one of the least persuasive ugly ducklings in the history of movies. She shucks her glasses and her overalls, and my goodness! She's beautiful! And my goodness! Zach finds himself actually caring for her.

Is it any good?

The movie's not all that bad, though the plot is almost numbingly predictable. She's All That falls smack dab in the middle of the "makeover movie" genre, in which Our Heroine achieves success through good grooming and accessorizing. The result here is uneven, with some good performances and even some witty commentary on teen culture, but beware: The raunchy references make this inappropriate for younger teens, and even parents of mature high schoolers might want to consider it carefully.

One of the movie's strengths is that it makes clear that Zach and Laney have both limited themselves by defining themselves before they have really had a chance to find out who they are. The movie's other strengths are Prinze, who has a wonderful screen presence, and the magnificent Anna Paquin as his younger sister. Cook's performance is flat by comparison. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is a caricature as Zach's former girlfriend, but Matthew Lillard is hilarious as a self-obsessed gross-out champion based on MTV's legendary Puck.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teen movies. How does this compare to other teen movies? 

  • What aspects of the movie make it a "'90s teen movie"? How have teen movies changed over the years? 

  • How were issues like bullying, cliques, fitting in, etc. addressed? Was the movie realistic? Why or why not?

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