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Even SNL fans will find this movie too long.
  • Review Date: May 9, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 81 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

Some comic pratfalls and fights.


Comic and insult references.


Some strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Character pretends to be high.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are a number of raunchy references and a portrayal of Mary Katherine's vision of Jesus that may be offensive to some viewers.

What's the story?

Mary Katherine (Molly Shannon) has one dream—she wants to be passionately kissed. While she waits, she practices on whatever is available, including a tree and a stop sign. Ultimately, she becomes a little more specific in her dream. She wants to be kissed by high school dream date Sky (Will Ferrell). And she decides that since he is going steady with pretty cheerleader Evian (Elaine Hendrix) the only way to get his attention is to become a superstar. And she thinks she can do that by winning the Catholic Teen Magazine VD Awareness Talent Contest. Other attempts at humor include a boy with obsessive-compulsive disorder, a television falling on a dog, an Irish step-dancing tragedy, and repeated falling down and showing of the world's whitest cotton underpants.

Is it any good?


Even fans of the Mary Katherine Gallagher skits on Saturday Night Live will find this movie overlong at 82 minutes. It is one thing for a 30-something woman to play the part of a high school girl in a skit, but another to watch her try to act the part of a high school girl in a movie, even one as plotless as this one.

Younger teens will get a kick out of the naughty words and slapstick humor and may even relate to Mary Katherine's struggle to become someone who is admired while staying true to herself. Any older folks who wander in by mistake may enjoy some references to old movies, especially Made-for-TV classics like The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the careless cruelty and need to conform of many high school students, and Mary Katherine's growing understanding that "you have to be your own rainbow" and that what matters is what she thinks about herself, not what Sky thinks about her.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 8, 1999
DVD release date:April 11, 2000
Cast:Molly Shannon, Tom Green, Will Ferrell
Director:Bruce McCulloch
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Run time:81 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sex-related humor and language

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Kid, 10 years old April 2, 2010
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byMarieB 2 September 20, 2015

It's okay....

I was a bit uncomfortable sitting with my kids while a blonde girl said "ti**ies" at least twice during the movie. Also Will Ferrell had a couple of obviously over the top open mouth kisses with this same girl during the film. Mary Katherine was french kissing a tree twice as well. I wish these things would have been listed in the above chart description.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieman09 April 9, 2008

Extremely Funny

this is by far one of the funniest movies i have ever seen. there are some references and innuendo that can get pretty bad. 12 and up.


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