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Parents' Guide to

She's All That

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Uneven "ugly duckling" teen tale has bullying, drinking.

Movie PG-13 1999 95 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Honest review

This was an amazing movie with some mature content. One scene of teens in bed together with the girl kissing a guys naked abs and a drinking scene. There is also a really gross pizza scene. I think this movie is good for 8th grade and up.
age 14+

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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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