Review Date: March 05, 2001
Director: Tommy O'Haver
Writer: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
Producers: Michael Burns, Marc Butan, Paul Feldsher
Kirsten Dunst as Kelly
Ben Foster as Berke
Martin Short as Dr. Forrest-Oates
Also, I simply could not get past the fact that two of the supposed "teenage" actresses in this film looked like they were in their 30s. I mean...really! (for those who care, I'm referring to Allison and the clumsy girl). And the final act of the film, which essentially comes down to a major school play, just went a little longer than I thought was needed. I mean, did we really have to sit through 3-4 songs from the play itself? But these were really small issues for me, and for the most part, I can't say that I wasn't entertained by this movie. In fact, pretty much every word that came out of Martin Short's mouth was funny to me. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but his character definitely took this film to that "other level". But the rest of the kids were pretty good, too. Sisqo did what he does best, Tom Hanks' son was pretty solid as the best friend, the lead kid, Ben Foster, played his character quite sympathetically and Kirsten Dunst...well, looked great! Okay, she was pretty good in her role, too. And geez, let's not forget Foster's parents in the movie, Swoosie Kurtz and Ed Begley Jr. Very small parts but very funny characters. In fact, most of the side players in this film made it a stronger one as a whole. Besides Carmen Electra, who for some reason or another decided that a 10-second spot as a leathered-up stripper in this film would be good for her career?!
Anyway, if you like cute boy-loves-girl, girl-dumps-boy, boy-wants-her-back while another-best-friend-type-girl-wants-boy-also movies (oh, that again?), then you'll enjoy this one. It's light, it's got a few "gross" jokes but mostly solid humor with some nice touches from the director and a fun soundtrack. All in all, an enjoyable time at the theatre. And who knows, some of you adults might like it, too.