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She's All That

Published June 1, 2022

She's All That

Film info

  • Title She's All That
  • Director Robert Iscove
  • Year 1999
  • Run time 1hr 35m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline A new comedy that proves there's more to attraction than meets the eye

Senior class power-couple Zack and Taylor are breaking up. Thanks to Taylor's social climbing antics, Zack, the school's most popular dude, has been dumped for a self-absorbed celebrity called Brock Hudson. On the rebound, Zack bets his best friend Dean that any girl - with the right hair and make-up - can be transformed into the prom queen. As the rules of the bet dictate, Dean will pick the girl which Zack must elevate to senior class royalty. Enter Laney Boggs, an awkwardly, unassuming art student craving truth, justice and making a difference, a world with little time for 'way cool' jocks like Zack. Can Zack complete the bet and transform the paint-splattered Laney into 'My Fair Prom Queen'? Or will he discover the charm and beauty that exists deep down within the girl that's simply 'all that'.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:42 Quite a cast in this, I didn’t remember!
9:17 Those art girls are intense.
13:16 I’m calling shenanigans on him even knowing her name.
15:08 “I wouldn’t say somebody, but there is, kind of, a project.” Unbelievable.
26:17 “Sooner or later, it has to drop.”
30:27 Stop trying to make ‘wiggage’ happen.
35:03 You can’t have a car dealership called Harrison Ford.
39:00 I could watch the dad getting Jeopardy questions wrong ALL day.
48:47 Girls can be so mean.
53:24 Ooh, actual soccer.
1:06:05 “So that’s a no?” “That’s a hell no.”
1:09:35 “What happened to Lord of the Dance?”
1:10:49 Paul Walker’s character is AWFUL in this.
1:19:04 I like there being a choreographed dance at the prom.
1:29:16 “Can I have the last dance?” “No, you can have the first.”

Thoughts

I remembered this as a huge teen film from the late 90s, so have been desperate to watch it but it’s just not been available anywhere. Suddenly, out of nowhere, it popped up on Amazon Prime so I hot-footed it to the sofa with some popcorn and settled in. I was nervous, I’ll admit, because the concept is about as mysogynistic as it gets and I wasn’t sure it would have aged well.

Of course the initial bet is in bad taste, but actually, overall, the film wasn’t as bad as I thought it might have been, Laney held her own when it mattered and there were some good guys in amongst the worst of the worst (looking at you PW).

It didn’t have the incredible soundtrack I hoped it might, Kiss Me not withstanding. Stewart Copeland could surely have done a better job with the whole of the 90s chooooons to pick from. And yea, there wasn’t a huge amount of chemistry between any of the leads, but it was fun and it was funny, and it stood the test of time, so I’m glad I got to see it again.

Rating: 3 / 5

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