Not Another Teen Movie (Bilingual)
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Handsome John Hughes High jock Zack bets his friends that he can turn nerdy Janey into the most popular girl in class. With the help of Zack's sister, Catherine, Janey ditches her ponytail and glasses and turns beautiful. Zack falls in love with her.
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- jock Jake, on the "ugly pretty girl".
"Not Another Teen Movie " is a deeply split film. And that is reflected by the reviews. Some hate it, some love it. Me, I quite like it, oddly.
I actually found it interesting enough to listen to both of two commentary tracks, one from producer/director, and one from the cast. And this revealed what causes the twin personality of the film. Apparently when the director got offered the original script, he did not like it at all, because it was all one big gross-out joke with no story. So he turned it down. But they really wanted him, and so he asked them that a writer he knows could work over the script.
And it got worked over so thoroughly that the finished film apparently basically only has one scene that was in the original script. And it happens that this scene is also the one that clearly is the big gratuitous gross-out scene in the film. It is doubtlessly a scene that many modern teens will find hilarious. And very tellingly, it is also a scene that neither director/producor or the cast like at all! They would clearly rather have been without it at all, but kept it for box-office reasons. (What scene it is? Let us just say that it involves a toilet and hundreds of liters of chocolate sirup!)
Also interestingly, the original script only had parody of films from the nineties. But the producers wanted to give it more breadth and more heart, and to include lots of story from famous eighties teen movies, like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, etc. (They even have Molly Ringwald appear in the end.)
One of the best things it has is female lead Chyler Leigh. Here is a prediction: she is going to be big, you read it here first.Read more ›
Chyler Leigh as Janey Briggs (the pretty ugly girl)
Chris Evans as Jake Wyler (the popular jock)
Jaime Pressly as Priscilla (the nasty cheerleader)
Eric Christian Olsen as Austin (the cocky blonde guy
Mia Kirshner as Catherine (the cruelest girl)
Deon Richmond as Malik (the token black guy)
Eric Jungmann as Ricky (the obsessed best friend)
Ron Lester as Reggie Ray (the stupid fat guy)
Cody McMains as Mitch Briggs (the desperate virgin)
Sam Huntington as Ox (the sensitive guy)
Lacey Chabert as Amanda Becker (the perfect girl)
Cerina Vincent as Areola (the foreign exchange student)
Samm Levine as Bruce (the wannabe)
Beverly Polcyn as Sadie (the undercover reporter)
Riley Smith as Les (the beatiful weirdo)
The storyline (similar to She's All That) is about a girl Janey, who becomes the object of a bet. Jake thinks he can turn her into prom queen while his friends don't. This movie is wickedly hilarious. The jokes will only make sense if you have seen Bring It On, She's All That, American Pie, Cruel Intenions, American Beauty, Can't Hardly Wait, The Breakfast Club, and countless others. It is easily as good as scary movie, if not better. The dvd has a lot of extras and is a special edition. If you like scary movie one or two, teen comedies, or just parodies in general, then you'll love Not Another Teen Movie.
Having attended high school in early 1980s America, I always was amazed by the teen-movie genre, particularly John Hughes' Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, cute-but-angst-ridden comedy-dramas starring Molly Ringwald (who makes a cameo in this movie) and dealing with the social and love lives (or lack thereof) of teenagers. I somehow never got around to seeing some of the raunchier teen movies (American Pie, She's All That) that Not Another Teen Movie spoofs, but nevertheless, even some of the classier Hughes' directed-or-produced flicks had at least some of the elements targeted by this Airplane!-styled parody.
In every teen movie I have seen there do exist such archetypes as "The Obsessed Best Friend," "The Stupid Fat Guy," "The Popular Jock," "The Token Black Guy," "The Desperate Virgin" (perhaps the one archetype most guys in high school can relate to), "The Perfect Girl," ad infinitum and ad nauseam, and when such a trend of repetition appears (as it does in all genres), it becomes a ripe target for broad parody shots.
The plot is a blend of Cruel Intentions and She's All That, with elements of almost every recent teen movie tossed in for good measure. There is a slight central story revolving around a bet (can a "Pretty Ugly Girl" be transformed into the Prom Queen?), but there are many little vignettes tossed in by the five screenwriters involved. (Like all things written by committee, Not Another Teen Movie has a certain hit-and-miss quality to it, but the gags are often very funny, raunchy -- does that "Foreign Exchange Student" ever catch a cold from walking around nekkid all the time? -- and even dead-on!)
The 2002 Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment DVD comes loaded with extras that make this movie more enjoyable.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
all of the nasty jokes reminded me when i was in high school ('90s) because we used to do jokes as nasty and as gross, even the teachers were into it. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2005 by H-F
A girl crapping? Some hillbilly freak masturbating? That stupid little guy being beheaded on a football feild?
Is this supposed to amuse me?
Why? Read more
Regardless how harsh some people judged this movie, I bought it and yeah this movie ROCKS! It is so funny and it makes my day everytime I watch it.
A must see comedy! Read more
Anyone going into this movie to get a good laugh AND a good plot, please. This movie is for the kids that laugh at funny ACE stuff. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by pfictionfan4life
And really pointless.
Do people just go through the motions when they write these scripts and direct these movies?
This movie was complete rubbish. A parody of a parody is like making a copy from a copy...cheap effort. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by G. Jennings
I don't know what the hell I was smokin' when I was under the blissful inllusion that this might actually be a decent movie. Read morePublished on May 4 2004
I've rented this DVD more times than I can say and I've decided that I just have to buy it. Just sooooo funny. I mean, not laugh out loud funny, but a LOT of chuckling funny. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by D. Fair