She's All That, starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook, is a delightful and thoughtful romantic comedy between the hunk and the dweeb. Prinze is the popular guy at school and Cook is the no-name art student who shuts everyone out. After Prinze is dumped by his popular girlfriend, he makes a bet with his friends to turn the next girl that he goes out with into the prom queen. However, as he gets to know his target, he begins to have true feelings for her, but the fact that it started out as a bet complicates things.
She's All That was quite a surprise for a teenager movie. Sure, it had some booze, the ditzy girls, and the stereotypes, but the movie managed to keep those in the background. There were more feelings and emotions than just "getting laid" and the conversations between the two stars were well done. Furthermore, the transitions that happened to both Prinze and Cook during the progression of the movie was good; Prinze starts thinking about more than just himself, and Cook turns from rejecting everybody to becoming a popular figure. Sure, the "take off the glasses to reveal a beautiful woman" routine has been used before, but it isn't that bad.
There were some really funny scenes in She's All That as well. When Prinze, trying to get onto Cook's good side, goes to an artsy nightclub, there are some pretty weird shows there. Also, the pizza scene is hilarious (you'll just have to see it to know what's so funny).
To watch She's All That, you still may have to have a teenager's mentality, but adults will find it much more enjoyable than other teenage flicks. As for teenagers, She's All That works.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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