The first half of the movie goes from cute and charming to downright hilarious but unfortunately, it takes a bit of a wrong turn during the mandatory shift into sentimental redemption gear. Jenna’s job in the movie is that of a cutthroat magazine editor who’ll steal and cheat but the new Jenna, who’s skipped her late teens and twenties, hasn’t been corrupted by greed and selfishness yet and is still grossed out by icky boys turns her back into a sweetheart to the great surprise of all those around her and to absolutely no surprise to anyone watching the movie. Cute? Sure. Funny? Not necessarily. That’s the point in the movie when I sort of tuned out and remembered the many times before I’d seen a movie about some jerk seeing the light and becoming nice. One thing I have to concede is that I don’t actually remember a jerk who’s bones I wanted to jump as badly but even that wears off after a little while. It was a decent movie to watch but nothing that will blow your nuts away.
Deleted Scenes: Eighteen deleted scenes are in the features section and none of them are really worth the detour. A few of them are just lesser alternates of some that appeared in the final cut and the rest just aren't good enough.
Making of a Teen Dream (18 mins.): A pretty straightforward documentary about the making of the film with commentary from the stars, including the kids who played their younger versions. The director also chips in with some shoot experiences. It's probably more worthwhile to sit through this one than to go through both commentary tracks. A decent effort.
I Was a Teenage Geek (8 mins.): This was probably the funnest feature on this DVD, with the stars of the movie describing their teenage geekness, complete with period photos. Judy Greer, who plays hot chick Tom Tom in the movie has to have been the biggest nerd ever.
Bloopers: A three-minute long collection of screwed up lines and funny faces. It will only serve to make you appreciate the theater.
Fun & Games: A couple of little interactive games can be found here, one in which you have to match the stars' outfits from the movie and another in which you have to match items from the eighties with their modern counterpart. Nothing to write home about.
Music Videos: For all old geezers like me, the thought of spending a few minutes with Pat Benatar and Rick Springfield is a good one. Benatar's classic "Love is a Battlefield" and Springfiled's "Jessie's Girl" will warp you back to a time before... well.. before Napster, I guess.
Video Gallery: Not sure yet why this is called a "video" gallery. It's a bunch of stills that flash on your screen.