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Not Another Teen Movie

A movie directed by Joel Gallen

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I Can't Believe I'm Actually IN This Film...

  • Dec 17, 2001
Rating:
-5
Pros: Some jokes were pretty funny; Some of the cast was good

Cons: They cut at least 30 pages from the script; potty humor is WAY too much

The Bottom Line: Horribly vulgar. Inappropriate for nearly everyone.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Last February, I was totally excited when I was cast as one of the students at John Hughes High School in Not Another Teen Movie. I didn't have any lines, but I was featured in several scenes. I was the girl that all of the popular girls made fun of. At one point, Priscilla (Jamie Pressley) actually singled me out and said I had "fat elbows." I was totally stoked.

I couldn't have been more disappointed when I saw the film in it's entirety.

We all know that Not Another Teen Movie is supposed to be a parody of as many teen-genre films as possible. And, true, it does indeed succeed in that area. However, the parodies happen to fall short of any real subplots that there were. (And, I KNOW that they were there! I have the original script!)

Unfortunately, the entire "plot" of the movie is exactly like that of She's All That, which I wisely avoided when it came out the first time around. Jake (Chris Evans) is the popular jock who makes a bet with some of his friends to turn Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh) into prom queen. I'm sorry, but I believe that this "theme" originated with Guys and Dolls, where Nathan Detroit bets Sky Masterson that he can't get Sarah Brown to go to Havana with him. Alas, I digress.

There just aren't enough subplots! Oh, wait, let me rephrase that. There are too MANY subplots that just don't go into enough depth. Don't blame the writers, though: THEY WERE ONCE THERE!! For example, Areola (Cerina Vincent), the naked foreign exchange student, had LOTS of interaction with Janey, much like the Frenchy - Sandy relationship in Grease.

Chyler Leigh, aside from the opening masturbation scene, was probably the best in the cast. Even though my husband didn't like her, I also thought Pressley did a fine job as well.

This movie is too vulgar - believe it or not, they cut a lot of that out, too. I was mortified when I came home and got a message from my mom saying that she and my stepdad were headed to see the film. I didn't have time to warn her.

The only reason I'm getting the DVD is because I want to see if the other scenes - specifically the ones with ME! - are on it. I certainly hope so. I know it's a waste of money, but it adds to the "Candice Cook Collection." I just regret recommending it to people before I even saw it. Ugh.

Don't take your children to see it. There is too much sex, nudity and "potty" humor. I can't believe how vulgar and obscene the film it. Maybe I'm just getting old.

Recommended:
No

Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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Quick Tip by . October 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The movie relies too heavily on all the movies it spoofs. If you haven't seen all of them (and I hadn't seen half) then much of the movie not only fails to be funny, it is embarrassing.
review by . May 27, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
"Not another teen movie" is just that - another teen movie. There are about 5 actually funny parts in the entire movie and the rest is fluff. The movie tried too much and tried to parody too many movies at the same time as staying in the plot of She's All That. This movie is only good for pointing out which movie it is parodying. The cast was pretty good though and they tried to deliver a funny movie, but it just was too much thrown in the same melting pot.
review by . December 17, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Some jokes were pretty funny; Some of the cast was good     Cons: They cut at least 30 pages from the script; potty humor is WAY too much     The Bottom Line: Horribly vulgar. Inappropriate for nearly everyone.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Last February, I was totally excited when I was cast as one of the students at John Hughes High School in Not Another Teen Movie. I didn't have any …
review by . December 12, 2001
Pros: Some good laughs and great spoofs.     Cons: No story and bad acting.     The Bottom Line: Some good laughs but no story at all. Still, it has some fun moments.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. During my teen years I like many in my peer group were portrayed by characters in a series of films that dealt with teen issues and lifestyles. Most of the better films were by John Hughes who in …
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In his feature film directorial debut, Joel Gallen spoofs the ever-popular teen genre. The students of John Hughes High School live the plot lines of numerous teen flicks, including SHE'S ALL THAT, AMERICAN PIE, TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, VARSITY BLUES, and SIXTEEN CANDLES, to name just a few. The most popular boy, Jake Wyler (Chris Evans) has bet his friends that he can make Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh)--the poor, smart girl from the wrong side of the tracks--prom queen. Meanwhile, her little brother is in pursuit of the most beautiful girl he's ever seen when he's not getting into trouble with his geeky friends. Of course, a teen movie wouldn't be complete without a mean-spirited cheerleading captain, a lovestruck best friend, and a foreign exchange student, all of whom have prominent roles in the film. Throw in a few guest appearances from familiar faces from some of the best-known teen movies of the 1980s, along with remakes of songs from the same films--and even some word-for-word dialogue--and you...
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Director: Joel Gallen
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 14 December 2001 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein
Runtime: 89 min
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"Teen Screamer."
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