I bought this movie without having seen it. I just like Drew Barrymore as an actress so I thought it couldn't be that bad. And it definitely wasn't! I laughed, cried, cringed, just every possible emotion.
Josie is a copy editor who's first assignment as a reporter is to write about teenagers, which is why she has to go back to high school. Now high school is not a good memory for her b/c she was always made fun of in high school...she is dreading it, but tries to change (i.e. put on makeup, new clothes, new car) in order to fit in. Plan goes awry though because those things are just NOT popular anymore. Oops...
She is once again the odd girl out until her cool, younger brother Rob (Arquette) also enlists in the school and makes her popular almost overnight. Like he says, "You just need one person to think you're cool and you're in. The others will be too scared to say anything."
There is also a thing developing between her and her English teacher, Sam, him finding her brilliant and unique, her finding him attractive and kind. But he holds back because he still thinks that she's a student of 17 years.
Prom is included, where Josie's true identity is revealed and Sam storms off feeling betrayed and made a fool of. Josie, now a confident woman because she has realized that it is what's in your heart that matters, writes about her experience as her article for the newspaper, in the end, asking Sam for a chance to make things right.
The ending was very sad, I was sobbing my eyes out. Drew gives a wonderful performance on the baseball mound. No words were needed as she waited for Sam to appear and give her her first kiss...all you needed to do was look into her eyes, welling up with tears threatening to spill over. The emotion was all there in those eyes and they make you feel for her so much, that you can't help but feel her despair. This one's a keeper.