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She's All That

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Uneven "ugly duckling" teen flick.
  • Review Date: May 7, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Individual differences.

Violence

Fistfights, bullies.

Sex

Some casual sex, but not by main characters.

Language

Some.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teen drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has strong language, teen drinking, and casual sex (though not by the main characters). Zach's friend brags that he is going to get Laney to have sex with him in a hotel room he has arranged for the occasion. For some reason, when Laney's friend overhears this, instead of making the stunningly obvious move of telling Laney what the guy has in mind, he races around trying to get the message to someone else. Parents should know that the movie includes an ugly and graphic scene in which a school bully torments Laney's hearing-impaired brother by reaching into his pants to grab some pubic hair and putting it on his pizza. Zach then forces the bully and his friend to eat it. Yuck.

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?

QUALITY

The movie's not all that bad, though the plot is almost numbingly predictable. She's All That falls smack dab in the middle 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 it 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what parts of this movie seem realistic and what parts seem absurd.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 29, 1999
DVD release date:July 13, 1999
Cast:Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Rachael Leigh Cook
Director:Robert Iscove
Studio:Miramax
Genre:Comedy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language and sexual references

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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. Unforturately my 13 year old watched it at a friend's house so I had no control. Pubic hair on a pizza and somebody ate it. What is wrong with this society. It makes me sick!
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 sexuality, there are partly clothed bodies rolling around and kissing. My 14 yod and I watched together and were both grossed out over a few parts. The ending is sweet, but overall the movie lacked real emotion. Acting skills are almost nonexistent.

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