Before Mean Girls rocked theaters, Lindsay Lohan starred in another teen comedy by the title of Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Unfortunately for her and the rest of us, it lacks wit, jokes and effective implementation.
Based on the book by Dyan Sheldon, Lohan stars as Lola, a New York teen who moves to New Jersey very much against her wishes. She soon snags the lead in the school play, but her tendency to be a bit dramatic and over-the-top puts her at odds with the school bitch, Carla (Megan Fox), a rich, snobby and conceited creature. As Lola struggles to make it to the farewell concert of her favorite band, she has to overcome her unrealistic expectations and shoot for something a little more grounded.
As you can tell, the plot is really quiet pathetic. This story has been told a hundred times before and will be told a hundred times more before anyone really tires of repeating it. Most high school comedies share similar themes - mean, rich, popular girls and either a school play or prom to shoot for - but it takes some magic to turn those cliché themes into something entertaining. Mean Girls pulled it off with ease thanks to clever writing and effective direction, but Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen lacks both good writing and good direction. Director Sara Sugarman really wasn't impressive as the various dream sequences seemed more weird than clever, but what really hurts the film is a lack of an intelligent screenplay. Most anyone can direct a movie like this, but it takes a witty screenplay to convince audiences to like it - Confessions lacks strong jokes and interesting characters.
Lohan does an okay job, but her character is annoying. Most teenage girls are annoying by nature and Lola is that to the extreme - it is hard to connect to her character on any level. Thanks to the icy performance by Fox, we do end up rooting for Lola to win, but it is out of sheer pity rather than compassion. None of the other characters really get a chance to do much at all; the supporting cast is not funny in the slightest, aside from Carol Kane who plays the quirky Miss Baggoli.
There are a few funny parts, but most of the time the movie just falls flat on its face. You can tell that the screenwriter was trying to be witty at times, especially when making fun of Lola's dramatic fashion, but none of the dialogue really clicks into place.
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen is a lackluster comedy to say the least. This is easily Lohan's worst movie to date.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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