She’s All That is one of those nineties teenage Rom-Coms that you either love or hate. I was in the middle of eighth grade when it first came out, just the right age for a movie about high school to make a lasting impression, and I have to admit that I liked it. I’ll even admit that I watched it again last night with my girlfriend. I’m not proud to admit it, but I’m not ashamed either. Anyway, She’s All That stars Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Zack Siler, the resident big man on campus who makes a bet that he can turn any girl into Prom Queen. Rachel Leigh Cook plays Laney Boggs, the nerdy outsider who becomes the object of the bet.
I’ll give you the general plot line now, so spoiler alert. Zack gets dumped by his girlfriend for another guy, so logically he makes a bet with his douchey friend that he can make any girl Prom Queen. Laney is chosen because she looks awkward in overalls and a ponytail. Zack lies, deceives, and manipulates her into a fake relationship. At some point he decides that he really does want to fuck her, but then his douchey friend decides that he wants to fuck her too, and that leads to drama. At some point there’s a dance-off. Oh, and some bullies eat pubes on a pizza. In the end, Zack ends up with Laney because high school popularity is all that matters.
Ok it’s not a great movie, but it’s a movie that I like. I saw it at the right time in my life. You can’t judge me. It’s funny to go back and watch it now. You realize how dramatic everything was in high school, how it seemed like everything was important, and that it was all bullshit. It’s especially hard to take this movie seriously if you’ve seen Not Another Teen Movie, which does a great job parodying She’s All That. That’s a review for another day though.
Critically Rated at 12/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young