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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Thinking for yourself, not succumbing to the peer pressure of cliques.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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."
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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.
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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." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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