Review Date: January 23, 2002
Director: Adam Shankman
Writer: Karen Janszen
Producers: Denise DiNovi, Hunt Lowry
Her counterpart, Shane West, was even stronger and ended up being more the core of the film, than anyone else. His transformation was believable and I dug how it was handled (cute chemistry between the two as well). Before the film, my friend had told me that the movie's trailer reminded him of HERE ON EARTH, in that it didn't seem to go for the "typical" teen gross-out shtick, the loud parties and the "we gotta get laid, dude" vibe. And it doesn't. It's very much about faith, the ol' Christian goodness and as schmaltzy as it was, it really did seem to have a sincere heart underneath it all. But like I said earlier, you will either think this puppy stinks to high heaven and laugh at every turn (when you're supposed to be crying) or groove into its TV movie of the week feel and cry like a baby. Basically, it's not for cynical people. And even those who aren't cynical, should beware of the extreme sugar ready to be poured down their respective throats. And the ending...well, like I said before...it blows like nobody's business and I only wish filmmakers would stop taking this cheap route to "prove" someone's love. Enough already! So see it if you like schmaltzy predictable teen love flicks with 5-minute music videos worked in by their leading singer/actress, and skip it if you've already seen Mandy Moore nude (just kidding), have enough misery in your own life and don't appreciate really bad endings that ruin pretty much everything that came before it. In other words, THE PRINCESS DIARIES fans should line up for this one!
PS: It's actually pretty ironic that this film utilizes an African-American best friend character as the "comic relief", which is exactly what NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE, the spoof on teen flicks, made fun of just this past summer. "I'm just supposed to stand here and say stuff like "dang!" and "that is whack!"