Review Date: April 02, 1999
Director: Raja Gosnell
Writer: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein
Producers: Sandy Isaac and Nancy Juvonen
Drew Barrymore as Josie Geller
David Arquette as Rob Geller
Michael Vartan as Teacher
Kudos go to Drew Barrymore for allowing herself to look this bad for this movie (Except in the prom scene, in which she looks absolutely stunning in that medieval dress). She is the ultimate geek, but I found her character to be a little too unbelievable and dorky. It seemed like she was made to be the ultimate loser, but I didn't buy it. I also didn't appreciate any of the other "geeks" and "hipsters" in her high school, because they were all drawn out of the same one-dimensional chalkboard that all of these teenage movies seem to manufacture. And this is despite Leelee Sobieski's solid performance as the head-geek. Add an upbeat soundtrack, a good-looking Luke Perry-wannabee teacher by the way of newcomer Michael Vartan, and you've got yourself another teenage high school movie of the week, with a sweet ending, forgettable characters, and what seemed like more drama than laughs. Your video machine will appreciate it, but your hard-earned bucks at the movie theatre will not. Oh yeah, and if anyone in Hollywood is listening, I think it's time to start slowing down the teen-flick machine. Me thinks it's starting to bubble over.
NOTE: One thing that was truly original about this movie was its closing credits. Alongside all of the names of the folks in the film, a high school picture of their days of young. Cute, if you dig that kind of thing.