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Not Another Teen Movie 2001,  R)
Not Another Teen Movie
"This is not a cheer-ocracy, I am the cheer-tator, I will make the cheer-isions around here, and I will deal with the cheer-onsequences." If one likes to sit down and watch all the great teen movies from the last two decades and memorize every line and scene one must know that the person has been watching too many of them. They served you breakfast, they gave you pie, and now they're gonna stuff your face. Released on December 14, 2001, Not Another Teen Movie was directed by Joel Gallen and a hilarious homage to all the flicks that inspired it all, everything from The Breakfast Club to She's All That. The latter serves as the main spoofing focus of the storyline which is perfectly structured and features many moments that would catch viewers into the humor. That "Janie's Got A Gun" part really made me a laugh...LOL! :D Various archetypes of characters are well played while the cast delivers their performances, including the popular jock (Chris Evans), the pretty ugly girl (Chyler Leigh), and the nasty cheerleader (Jaime Pressly), not to mention a gaggle of celebrity cameos. The soundtrack even has a rockin' collection of '80s hit covers - check out Marilyn Manson's version of "Tainted Love". If you liked Scary Movie, who gives a damn? You might like this one, too.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High 1982,  R)
Risky Business 1983,  R)
Risky Business
There's a time for playing it, and a time for Risky Business. Meet Joel Goodsen, the industrious college-bound 17-year-old kid, trustworthy son, and promising future enterpriser who's been good too long. It's time for a change. Joel's parents are going on vacation and leaving him in charge of the house. They trust him, but they shouldn't. No sooner do Joel's parents step on the plane when he steps out by encountering Lana, a young call girl who lives the theories of free enterprise and high finance he has been studying.
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Directed by Paul Brickman, Risky Business features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Tom Cruise (Joel Goodsen) 2.) Rebecca De Mornay (Lana) 3.) Joe Pantoliano (Guido) 4.) Bronson Pinchot (Barry) 5.) Curtis Armstrong (Miles) 6.) Nicholas Pryor (Joel's Father) 7.) Janet Carroll (Joel's Mother)
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In the film credit that is forever remembered as a teen classic of the high-flying '80s, Risky Business is a great coming-of-age story and an example of taking responsibility of the house when the parents are out vacationing on their own. It is also a great teen romance where one's date is older than him (he is 17) and comes from the sex industry. Although he previously starred in a few other films it was here where Mr. Cruise made his major shot to stardom, which would later include later credits such as Top Gun and Jerry Maguire, not to mention his personal life of TomKat and Scientology. His scene in which he dances to a Bob Seger track in his underwear is so memorable that I couldn't get it out of my head after seeing it; other movies referenced or spoofed it, and even the 2009-aired US Guitar Hero commercials paid homage to it. Every romantic fantasy and real-life sequence that Cruise is involved in is in good cinematographic quality, with a synth-driven soundtrack in its accompaniment. I easily recommend the Risky Business to everyone even to the die-hard '80s lovers - now excuse me, please let me do that old time rock n' roll.
Revenge of the Nerds 1984,  R)
Revenge of the Nerds
They've been laughed at, picked on, and put down. They don't have the moves or the muscle, but they got the brains. It's time for the odds to get even. The time has come...for the Revenge Of The Nerds! When boorish frat guys commandeer their humble dorm at Adams College, bespectacled Lewis, shy Gilbert, and the rest of the "nerds" retaliate by forming their own fraternity, Lambda Lambda Lambda - and setting their sights on the coveted Greek Council. But it won't be easy, so they'll have to summon their smarts to beat the jocks at their own game.
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Directed by Jeff Kanew, Revenge Of The Nerds features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Robert Carradine (Lewis) 2.) Anthony Edwards (Gilbert) 3.) Bernie Casey (U.N. Jefferson) 4.) Brian Tochi (Takashi) 5.) Curtis Armstrong (Booger) 6.) Donald Gibb (Ogre) 7.) John Goodman (Coach Harris) 8.) Julia Montgomery (Betty Childs) 9.) Larry B. Scott (Lamar)
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I'm familiar with the title of Revenge Of The Nerds from my early childhood although I don't recall how much of it I had seen so far, and if I did, I would've forgotten all about until now. But it helped me discover the subculture of the intelligent savants who obsess over computers and chess games and are recognizable by wearing glasses. This is the perfect example of the nerds, geeks, Einsteins, smart people, etc. on film, and their discrimination from the jocks show that their refusal to fight is their biggest weakness. If only could the former could coexist with the other, then it's possible: Lewis and Betty fall in love although the latter hated him at first, which is a first impression that couldn't get into either one so seriously. Carradine and Montgomery sure make a cute couple! :) With a footballer whose name is Ogre he sure can act like a real ogre with aggression and a muscular build. For all these things that I mentioned here Revenge Of The Nerds is the funniest teen comedy that reminds me that nerds do rule. And they do!
Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1985,  PG)
Just One of the Guys 1985,  PG-13)
Just One of the Guys
Terri Griffith is about to go where no girl has gone before. She wanted to be taken as a girl seriously by her teachers, but just because she's pretty her body keeps getting in the way. After failing to win a journalism contest Terri would prove to the men in her life that she could switch schools - and gender, too. She plays her role well and is accepted as one of the guys. However, she ends up falling for her new pal, Rick. Now the question is: Can Terri tell the boy she loves she's not the man he thinks she is?
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Directed by Lisa Gottlieb, Just One Of The Guys features very good acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Joyce Hyser (Terri) 2.) Clayton Rohner (Rick) 3.) Billy Jayne (Buddy) 4.) William Zabka (Greg) 5.) Leigh McCloskey (Kevin)
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I know it's crazy that while 40% of Rotten Tomatoes critics panned it, about 70% of Flixster users give Just One Of The Guys favorable reviews for the reason it is a: a teen comedy, b: an '80s classic, and of course, c: a great, gender-bending feature film that really erases the barrier between the sexes when it comes to education. Not bad, not bad, and hey, I do like this movie. Ms. Hyser does a good job playing a role so feminist that I understood that her intentions come from being beaten out by the male-dominated workplace and the degradation of women in magazine centerfolds. When she disguises herself as a boy she turns out to be a dead ringer for Ralph Macchio, and I was so amused by that! Sometimes the story may be a little slow for me but at least I didn't get bored and find it funny. With feminism as its main theme I can say that this is just like a teenage girl's version of Tootsie, or more likely the original predecessor of She's The Man.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986,  PG-13)
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
"Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?... Bueller?..." - Economics Class Teacher Sorry Ben Stein, he's not here today! For Ferris Bueller, leisure rules over class. He's a street-wise kid who knows all the tricks. On one day he chooses to skip school and take the day off with his best friends Cameron and Sloane. Cameron is reluctantly persuaded to borrow his father's Ferrari, and they hatch a plan to get Sloane excused from class. Ed Rooney, the suspicious dean of students, knows all about Ferris but he can't catch him. Ferris' sister Jeanie is also frustrated that Ferris gets away with his tricks often and she doesn't. Furthermore, Ferris is an "angel" in his parents eyes. Today it's Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a day when he's out to enjoy himself.
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Directed by John Hughes, Ferris Bueller's Day Off features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller) 2.) Alan Ruck (Cameron Frye) 3.) Mia Sara (Sloane Peterson) 4.) Jeffrey Jones (Ed Rooney) 5.) Jennifer Grey (Jeanie Bueller)
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Matthew Broderick has done his wonderful acting act in his titular role here, even if it does mean he has to do hooky while skipping an important class session just for the heck of it. He was clever to fool his parents in feigning sickness. And I liked it when he does that even though it's against school rules. While Ed Rooney may never catch the ever-truant Ferris, at least he delivers some funny moments; interestingly, I'm amused to the fact that his last name was taken by a rock band called Rooney. I find Ferris Bueller's Day Off as a great teen-themed comedy, so for this viewing experience I'd like viewers to falsify sick notes from the parents and then enjoy a fun trip in the Windy City. That's right - Chicago. What are you still waiting for? Save Ferris! "If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller
Adventures in Babysitting 1987,  PG-13)
Three O'Clock High 1987,  PG-13)
Heathers 1988,  R)
Loverboy 1989,  PG-13)
Randy Bobek has no idea how to treat a woman...but he's working on it! As a college student with no money, Randy resorts to working as a delivery boy at Senor Pizza to make a few extra bucks. Some customers are special, though. During one of his deliveries, he's met with an interesting proposal: A woman who wants not just pizza but some loving as well. Soon, Randy is the talk of the town as lonely wives are chomping at the bit to have pizza delivered with extra anchovies. Directed by Joan Micklin Silver, Loverboy features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Patrick Dempsey (Randy Bobek) 2.) Kate Jackson (Diane Bobek) 3.) Barbara Carrera (Alex Barnett) 4.) Nancy Valen (Jenny Gordon) 5.) Kirstie Alley (Dr. Joyce Palmer) I might have been familiar with the cute, little animated opening that I saw in my early childhood, either by a video rental or on TV, but even if I knew what I was watching all the time, I may have forgotten all about it for so long until I saw this late '80s film title recently. Loverboy is a great teen comedy romance of how the leading character dealt with the struggles of college and had his life changed due to his job, and it was kind of funny with all the silly moments that he does on the job. The young, youthful Mr. Dempsey here does a Casanova character so charming and dreamy (or pre-McDreamy) that he does have heart and a flirting personality; he looks funny with the fake mustache hanging on his face. I'm recommending it for everyone including the die-hard '80s lovers, and girls, if you have serious relationship problems, order the extra anchovies on your pizzas and watch Loverboy.
Dazed and Confused 1993,  R)
Clueless 1995,  PG-13)
"Clueless", as what its movie poster says, is all about sex, clothes, popularity, and whatever. Whatever? Here in Beverly Hills popular rich girls Cher and Dionne turn former farm girl Tai with a fashion makeover and bring her to the typical teen world. Though it was released in the 1990s, I did find "Clueless" having dating, parties, music, and the various fashion styles at that time. Such slang terms like "as if", "tscha", and "whatever" are among the film dialogue spoken here by actresses Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, and Stacey Dash. And at high school, the cliques also dominate break times. This teen flick is definitely like the '90s equivalent of "Mean Girls" but with Valley girls as the main Plastic-like characters.
High School High 1996,  PG-13)
High School High
A dangerous mind is a terrible thing to waste. But in school there's a new teacha in the hood... AND IT'S A HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA MOVIE SPOOF! In a school without hope comes a man without fear to challenge the minds and open the hearts of the hopeless students. Richard Clark was newly transferred in the tough inner-city Marion Barry High School that is plagued by gangs and guns everywhere. He does his best to raise his students' grades from a D to an A through hard work while coping with criminals and a militaristic principal and winning the heart of his fellow instructor, Victoria Chappell.
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No other person than Jon Lovitz would take on the leading role of Richard Clark so well that he done a great job in playing a teacher with no intention of ever crawling back to where he came from once he set afoot on urban jungle. And as he teams up with the likes of costars such as Tia Carrere and Mekhi Phifer they all delivered such fine acting performances here. Released on October 25, 1996, High School High was directed by Hart Bochner and spoofs school dramas including Lean on Me and Dangerous Minds. Not minding the critically poor reception that gave only a 7% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and about 42% Flixster users liking it, the reason I only liked this due to its writing and producing contribution of David Zucker who was also responsible for The Naked Gun, and I'm a fan of his work. I find the film downright funny to me for using gags to remind viewers that anything like a milk carton with the assistant principal works at screening time. Of course that leaves me enjoying such an overall great movie that I would recommend to the spoof comedy fans who are looking for good laughs in them.
Can't Hardly Wait 1998,  PG-13)
Can't Hardly Wait
"I don't know about you, but I really believe that there's one person out there, and for me it's gotta be Amanda." Five hundred high school seniors look forward to a graduation night party while in the meantime Preston wants to get the girl he's loved for years who just broke up with her boyfriend and one head-case that wants revenge on a lifelong bully. So the party comes, things develop. It's an event 18 years in the making. Released on June 12, 1998, Can't Hardly Wait was directed by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont in their directorial debut. Though I only watched this 'cause I liked Seth Green who acts like a real gangsta rapper I looked for a fine portrait of various teen archetypes - and that's everybody from the jocks to the nerds. In addition, they all delivered their acting performances well - and here Jason Segel made his acting debut as the "Watermelon Guy". Overall, it's a great combination of comedy and romance and a fun example of a real grad night party. :)
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10 Things I Hate About You 1999,  PG-13)
10 Things I Hate About You
How do I loathe thee? In a written poem like the one Kat wrote, let me count the 10 Things I Hate About You, a modern re-telling of the William Shakespeare play The Taming Of The Shrew. Bianca Stratford is the most popular girl at high school, but she is in a dilemma. Her overprotective father, as part of a family rule, forbids her from dating until her unpopular and rebellious older sister Kat gets a suitor of her own. So in an attempt for Cameron - the new arriving kid - to win Bianca as a date, potential boyfriend Joey desperately attempts to set Kat up with Patrick Verona, another rebel who may just be able to win Kat's heart.
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Directed by Gil Junger, 10 Things I Hate About You features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Heath Ledger (Patrick Verona) 2.) Julia Stiles (Kat Stratford) 3.) Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Cameron) 4.) Larisa Oleynik (Bianca Stratford) 5.) David Krumholtz (Michael) 6.) Andrew Keegan (Joey) 7.) Gabrielle Union (Chastity) 8.) Larry Miller (Mr. Stratford) 9.) Susan May Pratt (Mandella) 10.) Daryl Mitchell (Mr. Morgan)
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I liked the film's positive portrayal of high school life complete with the parties, cliques, and dating here even though it was released in the 1990s, and the fad styles (i.e., the riot grrl music) are great as well. And I'm also surprised that the film was set in Seattle as well - which is perfect for the setting due to some '90s fads originating there. The late Australian-born Heath Ledger's Pat character spoke in his Australian accent very well, and his scene where he serenaded at the stadium just to impress Kat was so outstanding and memorable. (Interestingly, 10 Things was just the start of Heath's fast, short film career a year before the 2000 US presidential election, but it would never outlast the Bush Administration.) Ms. Oleynik, one of my favorite actresses, played such a fine princess role whilst Ms. Stiles was an opposite that I would find as feminist. I'm glad to have watched yet another great teen romantic comedy that will keep me awake all night. Go ahead and check out 10 Things I Hate About You - you'll enjoy it.
American Pie 1999,  R)
American Pie
There's something about your first piece of the pie that you humped on and something about being young at your age. High school senior Jim is seriously obsessed with sex, and his friends Oz, Kevin, and Finch all make a pact to lose their virginity on the night of their senior prom dance as they come up with their only two options: Do it with a girl in three weeks or die trying. When Jim's attempt to seduce the hot foreign exchange student Nadia filmed live on camera fails miserably he ends up going out and bedding with band geek Michelle.
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Directed by brothers Chris and Paul Weitz, American Pie features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Jason Biggs (Jim) 2.) Alyson Hannigan (Michelle) 3.) Chris Klein (Oz) 4.) Mena Suvari (Heather) 5.) Thomas Ian Nicholas (Kevin) 6.) Eddie Kaye Thomas (Finch) 7.) Tara Reid (Vicky) 8.) Shannon Elizabeth (Nadia)
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"I would like to make an announcement. There is a beautiful woman masturbating on my bed." For the past 12 years I can well remember the hit movie that gave me the definition of such films know as the teenage sex romps. In addition, I can easily recognize its namesake borrowed from a '70s hit song from Don McLean even though it's not heard in the soundtrack and thought its use was so hilarious. Released on July 9, 1999, American Pie changed the rules of attraction and the way we look at our favorite dessert (why, was American Cake too plain-sounding?), launched the careers of some of its cast members, and even popularized the term "MILF" (Mom I'd Like to F***). It's a funny teen comedy about growing up and taking on a new path beyond romance complete with gross gags and jokes. Mr. Biggs' character of Jim has a personality so sensitive but lovable that, at the start, he is too shy in asking a girl out but later gets over the embarrassment of it. His friendship with his male friends often has them making fun of Jim all the time yet staying together is the biggest thing in life. Launching a franchise that would later spawn off two theatrical sequels and four of direct-to-video spin-offs is the teen classic that doesn't get too old long after its release. Overall, the movie shows its greatness to become a memorable title that it's recommended for anyone interested in teen films and gross-out humor. Now please give me the whole pie, but make sure it isn't humped already.
Loser 2003,  PG-13)
Dare to be different. Paul Tannek has just arrived at NYU from the Midwest but has trouble meeting people, doesn't get along with his roommates, and most of his fellow students hardly acknowledge his existence. But Paul finds a soul mate in Dora Diamond, who is out of money and works in a humiliating job at a strip club. Dora gives Paul some advice on how to fit in with his roommates, and Paul lets her stay with him while she looks for work while figuring out how to win her away from her affair with a college professor. They just might be perfect for each other.
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"I love self-loathing complaint rock you can dance to." Define what the movie title means for me, please: a loser is a person with an attitude who feels that he or she doesn't fit in or knows what is going on with others. That could be anyone of all shapes and sizes. And that applies to Paul as an example. I could remember how this movie appealed to me for a long time ever since its July 21, 2000 release. And screw the haters, 'cause it's a great movie! Loser was directed by Amy Heckerling and marked a reunion for two leading stars from last year's hit comedy American Pie, Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari. Biggs made his Paul character as a cynical but caring freshman, while Suvari is a real sweet, sexy, and cute rock chick in her Dora role; both of them spent real fun moments together onscreen and I liked them. When the biggest challenge in life is facing the world the lesson is that you'll have to take your best shot, but remember that winning isn't everything. Its storyline is entertaining enough to be something great. Check this out if you like teen and/or romantic comedies.
Get Over It 2001,  PG-13)
Get Over It
Split happens. Get dumped, get pumped, get even. And get over it! After Berke Landers gets dumped by the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Allison, he'll prove himself as a romantic in order to win her back. Against the advice of his buddies Dennis and Felix, Berke desperately follows Allison into the high school play, an updated version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, while risking his own unsteady reputation. But when he's inept onstage, Berke gets bailed out by his friend Felix's little sister, Kelly, who just must be the one to help him to put his past behind.
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Directed by Tommy O'Haver, Get Over It features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Kirsten Dunst (Kelly) 2.) Ben Foster (Berke Landers) 3.) Melissa Sagemiller (Allison) 4.) Sisqo (Dennis) 5.) Shane West (Bentley "Striker Scrumfeld) 6.) Colin Hanks (Felix)
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"Hey grabby hands, step away from the sister." Recognizing it as a teen comedy from the early 2000s, I had no idea what's up with the story of Get Over It, but watching it would let me know that it's about...well, read the title. It is a fun film of silly action and romance as well as upbeat song and dance although I would find a boy band featured in one scene too dated for me right now. (Fads pass and go, so get over them, too.) First I thought I wanted better comedy moments in what I thought was a slow story, but now I understood it more and was enlivened by the music here, which helped my viewing experience a bit. As he paired up with Kirsten Dunst who is a real sensible blossom, Ben Foster made a more cuter film couple than he was with Allison or that dumb accident-prone blonde girl he briefly went out with. Playing the character of the foreign exchange student Shane West made his Striker character talk like a European Madonna, though he was kind of proper in that way. Overall, I can say that Get Over It is a great teen romance movie and an entertaining treat. Nothing as planned ends up something more to celebrate being least you find a new love for yourself.
Orange County 2002,  PG-13)
Orange County
Orange County's not just a place, it's also a state of mind. Shaun is a bright and talented but unfocused surf slacker until the day he discovers a novel from acclaimed author and college professor Martin Skinner. Inspired, he realizes his ambition to leave mind-numbing Orange County and study creative writing at Stanford University. But after being denied enrollment due to an admissions error, Shaun is forced to seek help not only from his girlfriend Ashley but also his hopeless dysfunctional parents, his stoner brother, and a host of hilarious circumstances to make his dream of escaping his hometown nightmare a reality.
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Directed by Jake Kasdan, Orange County features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Colin Hanks (Shaun Brumder) 2.) Jack Black (Lance Brumder) 3.) Catherine O'Hara (Cindy Beugler) 4.) Schuyler Fisk (Ashley) 5.) John Lithgow (Bud Brumder)
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"You think you're going to create a T-shirt company? You can't even dress yourself!" If rich families with big houses and nice cars come to your mind, yes, that's what I'm talking about. But here I'm talking about the movie that gave my favorable view of the Southern California locale - which is also known for the TV soap operas Laguna Beach and The O.C. - in contemporary pop culture, and this is its comedic side as an example. Released on January 11, 2002, Orange County was directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Mike White, both of whom contributed to several episodes of Freaks And Geeks. It is reminiscent of a novel of the youthful beach culture seen in the view of a high school student whose aspirations of becoming a writer are held back by his surfboarding friends and divorced parents. The script is nicely constructed that enough charm and humor - as well as a soundtrack of rockin' tunes - has been produced to make its storyline entertaining. Even in the world where the people can be superficial, stupid, and selfish at the same time there is still hope for our character who finally realizes his true dream in life - and not just begging for his acceptance from the university dean. Out of all the acting performances that entertained me it was Jack Black's that impressed me the most. A drugged-out loser who always hangs around in his underwear, he made his Lance role so hysterical that he proved himself as a relentless professional. Other surprising appearances include that of Lily Tomlin as a flaky counselor and Kevin Kline as Marcus Skinner. But most importantly are the three involved in production who have famous parents: aside from the director who is the son of Lawrence Kasdan who was also a director Colin Hanks is Tom Hanks' son and Schuyler Fish is Sissy Spacek's daughter. Hanks made his Shaun character incredible, well-adjusted, and level-headed, and those same characteristics should be said of Fisk's, too. Overall, I can say that Orange County is a great movie that would take your imagination away when your state of mind can go anywhere when you can't decide where you want to go. I highly recommend it for the Jack Black fans and anyone interested in teen comedies.
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The New Guy 2002,  PG-13)
The New Guy
"You know those moments when a man makes a decision that'll change his entire life and he steps up to become the hero he was meant to be? This ain't one of those moments."
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A zero will rise. Dizzy is determined to get expelled from high school but ends up landing in jail instead. Over there he learns the art of being cool and starts a new life at East Highland High where he quickly ingratiates himself with the cool kids and lays to waste any jocks who stand in his way. Popularity isn't a's a war! Released on May 7, 2002, The New Guy was directed by Ed Decter and stars former Prada model DJ Qualls for leading man status. Qualls made his dual personalities well, first as a meek delinquent and then as...well...a cool bad boy. His pairing with the coveted Eliza Dushku made them a really perfect couple. It was his popularity that made me see how such people were made, for I believe that unknowns could still be recognizable by all. The storyline does portray that as an example with pop culture references, celebrity cameos, and a soundtrack of rockin' tunes to accompany it - check out Simple Plan's "I'm Just A Kid". Overall, I can say it's a great and funny movie that is perfect for the losers and the winners of the world.
The Hot Chick 2002,  PG-13)
The Hot Chick
I like this chick/teen flick. Rob Schneider's role as a man who becomes "The Hot Chick" upon his body-switching to a girl is one funny one! That is weird and funny, but there's also drama among the fake Jessica and her friend April, which I approve. When I saw this movie on TV in 2006 I didn't know Rachel McAdams is in it- I already saw her in "The Notebook"- and playing the real Jessica (whom RS switches bodies with the magic earrings), and I was surprised that pop singer Michelle Branch was playing in a small acting part as a club DJ (yes, really). Plus, is that Adam Sandler in a cameo appearance as a dreadlocked character? That's got to be him. I would definitely like to see "The Hot Chick" again for the comedic film moments created by a Happy Madison Production.
The Perfect Score 2004,  PG-13)
The Perfect Score
How do you get The Perfect Score on the SAT exam? For a group of stressed-out teens, the only way is to steal the answers. Six students plot a hilarious heist at the testing center to prevent the standardized test from unfairly defining their lives. The wildly different classmates band together and while getting to know each other, they show themselves in the process. Plus, everyone in the group knows their own set of circumstances that could make (or break) their futures, in their only way to cheat the system. Directed by Brian Robbins, The Perfect Score features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Scarlett Johansson (Francesca) 2.) Erika Christensen (Anna) 3.) Chris Evans (Kyle) 4.) Darius Miles (Desmond) 5.) Leonardo Nam (Roy) The Perfect Score truly reveals that, of all of the stressed-out teens who are on the verge of high school graduation while dreading SAT testing, few of them could go Ocean's Eleven by stealing its answers. It is considered criminal in nature, so that's cheating. But at least that helps them define their futures. Thankfully I didn't have to take any college admission exams or I may had ended up somewhere like Kyle and Co. Beyond that, this MTV-made film is a favorite pick from the early 2000s, when it was untouched by reality TV. And it's nice to see great acting performances from the cast including a red-hair-dyed ScarJo in a rebellious-looking fashion.
Napoleon Dynamite 2004,  PG)
Napoleon Dynamite
He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove. From the rural town of Preston, Idaho, comes the carrot top oddball Napoleon Dynamite, a new kind of hero. His decidedly eccentric family consists of fragile brother Kip, who's seeking his soul mate in online chat rooms; Uncle Rico, who is stuck in his "glory" days of high school football; and Grandma, who enjoys going out to the dunes on her quad-runner. When his friend Pedro decides to run for class president, it is Napoleon to the rescue to help him triumph over adversity and defeat popular girl Summer.
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Directed by Jared Hess, Napoleon Dynamite features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) 2.) Efren Ramirez (Pedro Sanchez) 3.) Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) 4.) Aaron Ruell (Kip Dynamite) 5.) Diedrich Bader (Rex) 6.) Tina Majorino (Deb) 7.) Sandy Martin (Grandma) 8.) Haylie Duff (Summer Wheatly) 9.) Shondrella Avery (Lafawnduh)
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"If you vote for me, all of your wildest dreams will come true." Pedro proved to be more than some normal kid that with help from his friend Napoleon he'd do anything to reach to the top...and win the dreams for not just himself but for everyone else at school. Is there anything special that I liked Napoleon Dynamite and its cult hype? Well, I can say it's Mr. Heder's character appearance that resembled that of your typical nerd, and with the glasses on him, he looks to be the perfect leading figure in modern geek mythology. The way he does his dance moves shows that even nerds can look cool, and I surely can dance like him! The hype when it reached its cult status counts, too, as I can remember how the VOTE FOR PEDRO T-shirt was a hot store seller and the titular character's speech usage became part in everyday life ("Gosh!"). The plot of one's crazy family life and how he got over it is a very good concept for me and while it ran slow as some say of little plot happening here, at least I didn't complain: Independent film quality is the latest thing for me, even in the beautiful western American area where the director grew up in. Although the film is set in the present day, there are a number of dated props (OMG, Betamax?) that made my mom wonder if it was set in the '80s. Overall, Napoleon Dynamite is a great teen comedy of geeky proportions, with some comedic drama added into the touch. Now excuse me, I want to have some tater tots now. And make me a dang quesadilla!
The Girl Next Door 2004,  R)
Mean Girls 2004,  PG-13)
Mean Girls
Only the strong survive. Movie audiences, watch your back, 'cause the Mean Girls are comin' to get you. Cady Heron was raised in Africa and moves to the United States where she learns that teenage high school life is similar to that in the jungle. She then joins The Plastics, the A-list girl clique who represents school royalty and write down vicious rumors about other girls in their "Burn Book". Meanwhile, as she attempts to bring these popular girls down, Cady acts, dresses, and talks like them and even mistakenly falls for queen bee Regina George's ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels. Adapted from the Rosalind Wiseman book Queen Bees & Wannabees and directed by Mark Waters, Mean Girls features good acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Lindsay Lohan (Cady Heron) 2.) Rachel McAdams (Regina George) 3.) Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Wieners) 4.) Amanda Seyfried (Karen Smith) 5.) Daniel Franzese (Damian) 6.) Lizzy Caplan (Janis Ian) 7.) Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels) 8.) Tina Fey (Ms. Norbury) 9.) Tim Meadows (Mr. Duvall) 10.) Amy Poehler (Mrs. George) 11.) Ana Gasteyer (Mrs. Heron) 12.) Neil Flynn (Mr. Heron) Mean Girls introduced me to how the teen film genre that often features how rich girls who like to talk in slang terms like "fugly" and "fetch" and intimidate innocent people into trouble. It was an excellent film that explores the portrayal of subcultures who dominate the school and their immediate effects, and one of my favorite romantic chick flicks of all time. By watching at this comedic depiction of high school life, I knew it was something that I would've recognized in my own old school days with all the cliques that I've been through during lunchtime. The acting performances here are outstanding, including those of three of my favorite actresses: A formerly cute, freckle-faced girl from The Parent Trap; a Notebook starlet; and a geeky-looking comedienne who would later joke about seeing Russia from her house. Lindsay Lohan gets the most notable credit here for not just being a formerly home-schooled freak but a grown-up actress with the pretty sexy looks, which both contribute why Mean Girls is my favorite film with her. I can say that it's a great high school story, and I'm never, ever going to get tired of it! :) As a special bonus, here is a list of my favorite film quotes that will keep me awake all night, including: 1.) "There are two kinds of evil people in the world. Those who do evil things and those who see evil things and don't try to stop it." (Janis Ian) 2.) "So if you're from Africa, why are you white?" (Karen Smith) 3.) "Oh my god, Danny DeVito. I love your work!" (Damian) 4.) "Boo, you whore." (Regina George) 5.) "Hell no, I did not leave the South Side for this!" (Mr. Duvall) 6.) "I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me, but I can't help it that I'm popular." (Gretchen Weiners)
Saved! 2003,  PG-13)
She's the Man 2006,  PG-13)
She's the Man
Everybody has a secret. Viola Hastings had her own good reasons for disguising herself as her twin brother Sebastian and enrolling in his place at his new boarding school, Illyria Prep. She was counting on Sebastian being AWOL from school as he tried to break into the music scene in London. What she didn't count on was falling in love with her hot roommate, Duke, who in turn only has eyes for the beautiful Olivia. Making matters worse, Olivia is starting to fall for Sebastian, who appears to be the sensitive type of guy she'd always dreamed of meeting.
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Based on the William Shakespeare play The Twelfth Night and directed by Andy Fickman, She's The Man features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Amanda Bynes (Viola) 2.) Channing Tatum (Duke) 3.) Laura Ramsey (Olivia) 4.) James Kirk (Sebastian) 5.) Robert Hoffman (Justin) 6.) Vinnie Jones (Coach Dinklage) 7.) Julie Hagerty (Daphne)
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I previously watched the '80s-released Just One Of The Guys and now that I also found She's The Man I thought I'd find this one more better and funnier than the other (maybe it's because it has a few big-name stars that I know of?) as I broadened up my viewing experience a bit. Here comes another great example of playing the game of changing both schools and gender, and this time the girl wants to prove herself superior to the boys at the soccer field. Ms. Bynes really does her very good job in playing in the leading role, and she is somewhat of a feminist figure; when she dresses up as a boy I knew what would Amanda would look like if she lived her life on the opposite sex. Even with the PG-13 rating for some language and sexual activity at least kids 11 and up can still enjoy the film. Plus, if there's a film version of The Twelfth Night I'll be glad to watch to watch it along with this romantically funny teen flick! :)
Accepted 2006,  PG-13)
John Tucker Must Die 2006,  PG-13)
Rocket Science 2007,  R)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle 2004,  R)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
On one night two underdogs are going on a trip they'll never remember. And they're getting hungry, very hungry. Investment banker Harold and medical student Kumar decide to spend what would have been an otherwise uneventful Friday night satisfying an oddly intense urge for hamburgers after seeing an advertisement on TV while getting high on the munchies. However, finding a White Castle proves a highly difficult task, as the two friends run into obstacles such as a raccoon and a racist police officer. They wind up on an epic road trip of deep thoughts, deeper inhaling, and enough half-baked, politically incorrect philosophizing to outweigh a value meal. "This is either a really smart move or by far the stupidest thing that we have ever tried." Just after watching this wildly great stoner comedy I feel like I've never seen White Castle burgers the same way again. Released on July 30, 2004, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle was directed by Danny Leiner and starred that Korean guy from American Pie and that Indian guy from Van Wilder. The pairing of John Cho and Kal Penn did a great job in performing as one fun comedic duo who are also an all-Asian-American equivalent to Cheech and Chong. They may never have ladies or respect but at least they like to mess around! Also starring on the film is that former child star Neil Patrick Harris who stars as a real horny version of himself, and even Ryan Reynolds appears as a male nurse (it's Van Wilder all over again!). Whether it's the racial stereotyping or the crude humor keeps up with the storyline the movie definitely brings up all the fast food and the high times on one hilarious trip. Enjoy your viewing while you can, but I'm really craving for White Castle burgers right now... :)
Superbad 2007,  R)
"This guy is either gonna think 'Here's another kid with a fake ID' or 'Here's McLovin, a 25-year-old Hawaiian organ donor'. Okay? So what's it gonna be?"
"I am McLovin!"

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Plot Summary

There's a first time for everything, so to see more go come and get some. Operating under the assumption that by procuring alcohol for an upcoming party they will finally be able to break their longstanding losing streak with the fairer sex, socially inept high school seniors Evan and Seth set out to secure the adult beverages that could get them off of the geek list before they even attend college orientation. They both know that college is a place of personal reinvention, and that if they are able to make that first leap together they will have forged a bond powerful enough to last a lifetime. Meanwhile, Evan and Seth's friend Fogell acquires a hastily rendered fake ID that instantly endears him to a pair of truly irresponsible cops.

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Director and Cast

Directed by Greg Mottola, Superbad has excellent acting performances from the following cast:
1.) Jonah Hill (Seth)
2.) Michael Cera (Evan)
3.) Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell)
4.) Seth Rogen (Officer Michaels)
5.) Bill Hader (Officer Slater)
6.) Emma Stone (Jules)
7.) Martha MacIsaac (Becca)


My Review

When the brand crude movie humor associated with Judd Apatow - the creative-minded guy who brought you Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin - crosses into the familiar teen territory of television's Freaks And Geeks, the mostly likely result is one of the funniest teen comedy movies ever made, which was released on August 17, 2007. Add in the drunkenness of our characters; the gross, off-color but still in color penis drawings made by an elementary school-aged Seth; and lots of fun moments and you'll see how Superbad all things get here. All in one dang total running time of 112 minutes (or 118 for the unrated and extended cut), that is. When it comes to teen movies the year 2007 also had the family-friendly High School Musical 2 which also reigned summer audiences at the time; if there is an antithesis to that film, however, it's gotta be the R-rated Superbad. And for genres it does have everything that every teen movie has got to offer for that it's seen better quality in the past three decades. There is the sex romp element associated with American Pie but with an overflow of its crass. There is the friendship theme - or should I say "bromance" - between Seth and Evan who've been best friends for a long time but with graduation looming in the corner they'd have to overcome separation anxiety by the end. Even more entertaining here is the song and dance with a upbeat-sounding soundtrack of retro hits and Evan's comical rendition of Guess Who's hit song "These Eyes", not to mention a real funky dance sequence in the opening credits. Behind the crude humor is numerous instances of profanity including the commonly used F-word especially uttered from Seth - and that's one turn off for the sensitive viewers so if there are any kids watching their ears must be covered at all times.

The acting performances here are well done and entertaining enough in the highest quality. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script altogether when they were merely 13 years old but once the movie was about to be made it was apparent that younger versions of themselves were needed for the storyline due to their age. And hence, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera were cast, both named Seth and Evan after the writers themselves - pretty cool, eh? They were perfectly cast. Seth appeared to be more foul-minded than the awkward and quiet Evan, and even with their differing personalities they at least are a perfect comedic duo here as if they're their younger generation's Laurel and Hardy or Jay and Silent Bob. Also appearing in the cast includes Christopher Mintz-Plasse who played Fogell who appeared to be really nerdy-looking with such a fake name like "McLovin" that sounded like it came from the fast food menu. There is also Emma Stone and Martha MacIsaac appear to look like real high school-aged teenage girls, with their Jules and Becca characters being fantastic and cool, respectively. And again, there's Rogen, a cop with a macho-looking mustache, teaming up with Bill Hader who both appear inept but also amusing to be another great comedy team.

Crude, lewd, and downright hilarious, Superbad is every parent's nightmare and not recommended for the easily offended including the kids, but anyone who thinks endless swearing and perverse humor is funny would enjoy this in addition to teen and comedy movie fans looking for something funnier and their inner teens and McLovins. An excellently made film, this works as an example of an intelligent comedy when many others aren't at this level. I'm surprised that a lot of critics and audiences loved this that it's found a place in one of my best teen movies ever...chicka chicka yeah!
Adventureland 2009,  R)
Life after college is not exactly what the recently graduated James Brennan expected: He was looking forward to a dream summer vacation in Europe but his parents are no longer subsidizing it for cost reasons. To make some money for grad school, he'll now have to deal with exciting career opportunities, on-the-job training, and inspiring leadership at Adventureland, the tacky amusement park where the games are rigged and the rides make you hurt. In his worst job ever James might just lead to the best time of his life. Directed by Greg Mottola, Adventureland features excellent acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Jesse Eisenberg (James Brennan) 2.) Kristen Stewart (Em Lewin) 3.) Bill Hader (Bobby) 4.) Kristen Wiig (Paulette) 5.) Ryan Reynolds (Connell) 6.) Martin Starr (Joel) "My theory is you can't just avoid everybody you screw up with." Although I was more of a person who preferred to live in the more rebellious '70s, at least a film depicting the nostalgia of the "tubular" '80s wouldn't hurt me as I would find it cool for the titular amusement park's employees to wear blue-colored T-shirts during most of the story. Here the time setting is in 1987, which in fact happens to be the year I was born. And at the same when I started to walk the (fictional) events occurring in Adventureland include how a post-graduate is hired by wildly fun people and enjoys life outside the park in addition to exciting romantic subplots. It was also like comedic drama for me now that it departed from the excessive crass of Superbad as the serious tone grew yet the fun remains. Even more interesting, its well structured storyline was based on the director's real-life job-from-hell experiences. The background soundtrack is fun to listen, too; the songs fit well with many of the moments and I would rock along with them while getting into the beat. Listening to "Rock Me Amadeus" repeatedly at work may get annoying for the characters but at least I would find no problem with it. The acting performances here are in excellent quality as I would never miss them after my first viewing. Surely I can say that curly-haired Jesse Eisenberg does look to be a dead ringer to Michael Cera to me. Over-prepared for an unpredictable experience that would make him miserable, his James character developed well from guy who had his heart broken from a previous relationship and dreads his job until he meets a new girl. I take note for anyone who thinks Kristen Stewart couldn't go beyond her acting tricks after Twilight: Her role here is an interesting one for her broken family background and wanting a way out of it. For an actress at her teenage years when it was filmed she was like a girl with a grown-up soul. What's more, the pairing between James and Em definitely look cute together when they go out. Martin Starr made his Joel character even and dry that he has the appearance of a geek and the personality of a poet, while Ryan Reynolds is seen as a manipulative romantic. Overall, I can say that Adventureland is an excellently made comedy about growing up and spending your summer with a worst job ever. Interested in '80s nostalgia just because you grew up in it or want to embrace its looks? I can easily recommend this title for you and hope you enjoy your viewing.
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Drillbit Taylor 2008,  PG-13)
Drillbit Taylor
"Remember what that douche bag Drillbit taught us? Mind over pain!" Determined not to spend their entire high-school career being tormented by the local bully, best friends Ryan, Wade, and Emmit place an ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine seeking an experienced combat veteran to protect them. Drillbit may be homeless, but he's more than willing to offer these three brave souls the mental and physical training needed to fend off Filkins and get on with their lives. You get what you pay for. Released on March 20, 2008, Drillbit Taylor was directed by Steven Brill and produced by Judd Apatow. It's like the freshman equivalent to Superbad for featuring three underdog teens looking for something to better themselves, but this one is without the crude humor that made the other so funny. And yet I still find the storyline still funny while having a really good climax. Owen Wilson is the big star of the film, a man who's never afraid to fight while expressing his hilarious talent in his performance. Most audiences and critics may never be satisfied by the quality of this great teen comedy movie, but its weirdness and immaturity won for some people like me so I thought I'd recommend it for the family and nerds to watch. :)
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Fired Up 2009,  PG-13)
Miss March 2009,  R)
Pajama Party 1964,  Unrated)
National Lampoon's Animal House 1978,  R)
National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison) 2002,  R)
National Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison)
You'll never think of bulldogs, pastries, protein shakes, or tutors in the same way again. Life is good for Van, who has no plans to graduate; he's got a coed in every closet and a party to go to every night. His slick reputation even catches in the eye of sexy Gwen Pearson, an on-campus reporter determined to expose the naked truth behind his wild exterior. When Gwen enters his life and his father stops paying for his tuition, could Van's days as the king of Coolidge College be over? Directed by Walt Becker, Nation Lampoon's Van Wilder (Party Liaison) features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder) 2.) Tara Reid (Gwen Pearson) 3.) Tim Matheson (Vance Wilder Sr.) 4.) Paul Gleason (McDoogal) 5.) Kal Penn (Taj Mahal Badalandabad)
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"Write that down." In an impressive acting performance made possible by Ryan Reynolds his titular character is seen as both a party liaison and a giver of good advice to his fellow students during his seven long years at campus. If you have a problem, need help, or want to get wild, see that guy who puts the "cool" back in "school". Now write that down. Released on April 5, 2002, National Lampoon's Van Wilder was directed by Walt Becker and saw its politically incorrect collegiate romp resurrected since Animal House. Upon hearing of this film title I knew that the National Lampoon series was responsible for poking fun at life and using comedy to express their wits either by film or publications isn't just about family vacations. But this isn't a movie for everyone to see for its crudity throughout and is recommended for the fans of the teen comedy genre. It's a seriously gross but still funny comedy that got me amused during the best moments, even if they do involve big dog testicles, enlarging pumps, topless tutors, or all the drinks the party-goers get. Just as I was watching this I never thought university life is as fun as it gets. Overall I can say you'll definitely go wild over this great comedy write all of that down. :)
Angus 1995,  PG-13)
My Boyfriend's Back 1993,  PG-13)
My Boyfriend's Back
My Boyfriend's Back is an odd yet fun zombie comedy, with our lead character Johnny coming back from the dead and finally wins the heart of the most beautiful girl in school, whom he's been in love for years. I find it romantic as a moment when Missy sticks to her new boyfriend despite bullies' taunts, small-town prejudice, and Johnny's recent craving for human flesh. And yes, it's hilarious. Directed by Bob Balaban and starring the great performances of Andrew Lowery, Austin Pendleton, and Traci Lind.
Good Burger 1997,  PG)
Good Burger
Two guys who work for a living on fast food confront the ogre of faceless corporate tyranny and have fun doing it for everybody. Ed lives for his job at a small hamburger stand, while his buddy Dexter only works there as a summer job because he accidentally destroyed the car of his teacher Mr. Wheat and has to raise money to pay the damages. When a mammoth fast-food chain opens across the street, Ed formulates a secret sauce that brings hundreds of new customers to their door. However, the monomaniacal manager of Mondo Burger, Kurt, is determined to get his hands on the sauce and put Good Burger out of business. "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?" As I open this review for my fellow generation who grew up with old school Nickelodeon during our childhoods with Ed's trademark quote I unearth all of you one great film title that defined us. :) Released on July 25, 1997, Good Burger was directed by Brian Robbins and based on the comedy skit on the Nickelodeon series All That. I liked this movie a lot while I was seeing it during its theatrical release and even bought the novelization afterwards. It does have a little grown-up humor yet the kids would still watch it. I found it hilarious for Mr. Wheat to suffer all of his misfortunes as part of the running gag all the way through the storyline! Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell appear to be a bumbling duo in their performance, and for Kel he made his Ed character a smart but idiotic hard-working person. Making their surprising bonus appearances include basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal as well as Linda Cardellini in her film debut in the asylum scene. Overall, I can say it's a real great comedy with everything served on it, including the secret sauce. Would you want fries with that?
Fred: The Movie 2010,  Unrated)
17 Again 2009,  PG-13)
Bandslam 2009,  PG)
Moving Violations 1985,  PG-13)
Outside Providence 1999,  R)
The Battle of Shaker Heights 2003,  PG-13)
The Battle of Shaker Heights
"A funny thing just happened to me. I thought you were dead on the couch." When you're 17, every day is war. With all the difficulties in his real life Kelly Ernsweiler finds himself in fantasy reenactments of World War II battles as his one true escape. He then strikes up in an unlikely friendship with a fellow reenactor, and Kelly's life is set to explode in ways he never expected! Released on August 22, 2003, The Battle Of Shaker Heights was directed by Efram Potelle and Kyle Rankin and spun off from the HBO series Project Greenlight. I only checked out this film for Shia LaBeouf, who did a really fine acting performance with his troubled personality that proved himself as an actor playing a war reenactor. His Even Stevens days now behind him, Shia also did Holes around the same time and was only years away from Transformers that made him more famous. And though I felt mostly drama throughout a fresh, original storyline it was in some ways funny even for a short running time of 79 minutes. Overall, I found this title great and would recommend it for the LaBeouf fans.
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Back to School 1986,  PG-13)
Can't Buy Me Love 1987,  PG-13)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978,  PG)
Pretty Smart 1987,  R)
Pretty Persuasion 2005,  R)
Pretty in Pink 1986,  PG-13)
Road Trip 2000,  R)
College Road Trip 2008,  G)
Charlie Bartlett 2007,  R)
Cry-Baby 1990,  PG-13)
Combat High (Combat Academy) 1986,  PG)
I Love You Beth Cooper 2009,  PG-13)
Real Genius 1985,  PG)
Club Dread 2004,  R)
Can't Be Heaven (Forever Together) 1999,  PG)
Igby Goes Down 2002,  R)
Roll Bounce 2005,  PG-13)
Dance Flick 2009,  PG-13)
Dance Flick
Sex Drive 2008,  R)
Easy A 2010,  PG-13)
Dream a Little Dream 1989,  PG-13)
Drop Dead Gorgeous 1999,  PG-13)
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Teen beauty pageants are mocked in "Drop Dead Gorgeous" with interviewing scenes of featured characters. Good mockumentary!
The Last American Virgin 1982,  R)
Just My Luck 2006,  PG-13)
Just My Luck
As what the poster for "Just My Luck" says, everything changed in the wink of an eye. That happened when Ashley accidentally kissed a stranger named Jake at a costume party and traded her good luck for a bad one. The result? Absolutely bad luck for Ashley and absolutely good luck for Jake. These characters must work to get their fortunes back in a matter of days. It's just like another "Freaky Friday" movie to me, and I think Lindsay Lohan's acting is great in the film. Plus, McFly delivered the film with a good soundtrack of songs! I guess "Just My Luck" looks very interesting for me at all, and I liked it.
Freaky Friday 2003,  PG)
Freaky Friday
"A journey soon begins, its prize reflected in another's eyes. When what you see is what you lack, then selfless love will change you back."

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Plot Summary

Get your freak on. Every teenager's nightmare is turning into her mother. Dr. Tess Coleman and her 15-year-old daughter, Anna, aren't getting along over tastes and preferences on clothes, hair, music and certainly not in each other's taste in men until their disagreements peaked when they are given two identical magic fortune cookies. By Friday morning, they discover they aren't themselves. Tess is hopeless in guitar and algebra while Anna is inept in psychology. As they learn to respect each other they are looking for ways to switch back their bodies back fast.


Director and Cast<br/>

Directed by Mark Waters, Freaky Friday features excellent acting performances from the following cast:
1.) Lindsay Lohan (Anna Coleman)
2.) Jamie Lee Curtis (Tess Coleman)
3.) Mark Harmon (Ryan)
4.) Harold Gould (Grandpa)
5.) Ryan Malgarini (Harry Coleman)
6.) Chad Michael Murray (Jake)
7.) Stephen Tobolowsky (Mr. Bates)
8.) Christina Vidal (Maddie)

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My Review<br/>

Though I watched Freaky Friday a number of times since its 2003 release, I have skimmed the pages of the original Mary Rodgers novel and watched the 1977 original film with Jodie Foster, not to mention seeing the similar concept of personality swapping in similar films like Vice Versa and The Hot Chick. Surprisingly, I can say that this really is a nicely done remake - and a good update following with the change of gender roles since the original film; many women like Tess, for example, once worked as housewives back in '77 could now work as psychiatrists. It is also more rebellious than ever, with the daughter now playing guitar in the rock band (marching band in the original), showing poor academic performance, and wildly flirting with the good-looking boy. And as a way to increase the family drama, the widow is going to be remarried when she already got over with the loss of her previous husband years earlier. Here Freaky Friday does work as a comedy-drama with the cute romantic moments, the silly comedy, and the serious family issues. The soundtrack is definitely rockin' that I could enjoy it more, and by using a punk cover of The Turtles' "Happy Together" it perfectly fits with how parent and child could get along well should they not dispute too much in life.

As an excellent team of the leading stars here both Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan acted on their performances very well for their strong character development throughout. Their change of speech tone and behaviors helped them a lot. I thought a Halloween scream queen was perfect for the mother role, especially in one scene when she (and I mean Anna inside of her) finds out that she isn't herself...AAAHH!!! Heck, her pairing with Jake make good chemistry, though unfortunately, that's her daughter Jake's seducing. Making her return to the theater screen since 1998's The Parent Trap Ms. Lohan plays a character so rebellious and surly that she thinks the best way to get things she wants is through these two traits; I can say she's like a real drama queen here. And she doesn't like authority, either: Aside from her own mom Anna's two nemeses are her teacher Mr. Bates and the psycho queen bee whom she (and I mean Lohan) would also face in two other films. Recording her first single "Ultimate" heard in the ending credits it shows that Lindsay could make music herself, which she actually did when she releases two albums in the next two years. Costarring with the leading actresses is Mark Harmon - who began working on the TV series NCIS at the time of filming - as a character who would become a perfect husband to Tess and a stepfather to the kids. BONUS CAMEO: Marc McClure, who played the girl's love interest back in the '77 original, makes a special appearance as Boris who briefly appears in Tess's office.

I'm surprised that many critics loved Freaky Friday through favorable reviews - thus going down in history as, right next to Mean Girls on the top, my second favorite film from Ms. Lohan. With some comedic and romantic moments that excited me, it's an overall excellent family-friendly chick flick that shows a weird but good example of role-playing each other's personalities, especially when the duo are doing it once the eve of the mom's wedding day.
Freaky Friday 1976,  G)
Freaky Friday
"I wish I could switch places with her for just one day." - Both Mrs. Andrews and her daughter Annabel Get your freak on. How freaky would it be if you spent time inside your mother's body? Mrs. Andrews and her schoolgirl daughter Annabel have one thing in common - they don't agree on each other in tastes and preferences and both think their lives are easier than the opposite. On one normal Friday morning a magical wish changes their lives and find their personalities switched and have to live in each other's lives, and so the fun begins. Will they gain respect and understanding for the other's point of view? Based on the Mary Rodgers novel, Freaky Friday features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Jodie Foster (Annabel Andrews) 2.) Barbara Harris (Mrs. Andrews) 3.) John Astin (Mr. Andrews) 4.) Patsy Kelly (Mrs. Schmauss) 5.) Marc McClure (Boris Harris)
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I liked the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday and skimmed the pages of the original novelization that I thought watching the 1977 original would broaden my experience that I previously went through the former. It shows a weird but great example of role-playing each other's personalities.The film does label itself as a comedy with not just the silly comedy done by the characters who do such bumbling acts but also of the cute romantic moments. Mom's flirtation, although that was actually Annabel inside of her, with her next-door neighbor Boris is somewhat awkward, but at least it works. Body-swapping is the weirdest role-playing yet, and I can say that Harris and Foster did their performances well - at least until Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan outperform them in the remake 26 years later. Their change of speech tone and behaviors surely helped them a lot. And they're happy to be together as a family! :)
American Graffiti 1973,  PG)
My Tutor 1982,  R)
Bart Got a Room 2008,  PG-13)
Never Been Kissed 1999,  PG-13)
Never Been Kissed
Going undercover as a student is definitely one way a journalist can cover a news story at high school. And this happened on "Never Been Kissed". Good film.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist 2008,  PG-13)
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Every night has a soundtrack. Nick is a sensitive musician who's bad in relationships and frequents the indie rock scene in New York. He plays the bass guitar with his queer-core rock band, The Jerk Offs. Norah always play by the rules while questioning pretty much all of her assumptions about the world around her. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band's secret show and ends up becoming a first date that could change both their lives. Directed by Peter Sollett, Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist features excellent acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Michael Cera (Nick) 2.) Kat Dennings (Norah) 3.) Alexis Dziena (Tris) 4.) Aaron Yoo (Thom) 5.) Rafi Gavron (Dev) 6.) Ari Graynor (Caroline) Within the majority of critics and audiences who applauded Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist, I really liked it for the teen romance and its mostly indie soundtrack even though I was no fan of the indie rock scene or its culture (note that I was more into the mainstream hits!). But it's totally fun, especially when the film has New York as its main setting that is always of my viewing interest. Having watched Michael Cera back in Superbad, it's nice to see him here now that his Nick character accidentally falls for Norah, yet he nurses with a broken heart from an ex? Okay, that really makes sense. And Kat Dennings is so pretty here! While listening to the film's background music I learned some tracks here and wished that, going along with the film's tagline, every night for me should be a soundtrack.
Youth in Revolt 2010,  R)
Weird Science 1985,  PG-13)
Wet Hot American Summer 2001,  R)
Teachers 1984,  R)
Underclassman 2004,  PG-13)
Who's Your Daddy 2002,  R)
Tomboy 1985,  R)
Valley Girl 1983,  R)
The Sure Thing 1985,  PG-13)
100 Girls 2000,  R)
Grandview, U.S.A. 1984,  R)
Hot Dog: The Movie 1984,  Unrated)
Hunk 1987,  PG)
One More Saturday Night 1986,  R)
Bring It On 2000,  PG-13)
Bring It On
I saw "Bring It On" one time on TV and thought this was a really good cheerleader movie! It shows the perfect picture of competition between opposing cheerleading teams!
But I'm A Cheerleader 1999,  R)
High School U.S.A. 1983,  G)
Buying the Cow 2001,  R)
House Party 1990,  R)
The Pom Pom Girls (Palisades High) 1976,  R)
I Was a Teenage Faust 2001,  Unrated)
Juno 2007,  PG-13)
"You should've gone to China, 'cause I hear they give away babies like free iPods. You know, they pretty much put them in those T-shirt guns and shoot them out at sporting events." Juno MacGuff, an offbeat 16-year-old high school junior, discloses her pregnancy to everyone after a night on the chair with her friend Paulie Bleeker. Not ready to accept parenthood, she makes a decision to give up her unborn child for adoption for a couple that she found on the classified ads. It's those days that many teenagers get sexually active and of those who do some girls like Juno unintentionally get knocked up. Released on December 5, 2007, Juno portrays teenage pregnancy in a comedic light with some seriousness that really entertained me well for its well-written screenplay that divides the storyline by seasons and its assorted soundtrack of good songs. I didn't want to see the movie at first when it was first out but with such a touchy topic told on the media at the time it was then I wanted to see it. And now that I've watched the movie I understood it very well with the bumps noticeable by others. In the role that made her a breakout star Ellen Page is honest, original, and pretty in her character; I thought it was interesting that she was given that name as a reference to the Roman goddess of fertility. Taking on the character of Paulie is Michael Cera who did his acting performance as being naturally smart and cool. A little romance between the two especially at the start proved that they looked cute together onscreen.
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Overall, I can say that Juno is an excellent comedy about life and the bumps along the way. As a must see for everyone, check it out if you like indie movies or teen-themed flicks.
Idle Hands 1999,  R)
Cavegirl 1985,  R)
Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979,  PG)
Rock 'N' Roll High School Forever 1991,  PG-13)
Jawbreaker 1999,  R)
She's All That 1999,  PG-13)
She's All That
"I feel just like Julia Roberts in 'Pretty Woman'. You know, except for the whole hooker thing." These two opposites attract...but everyone's trying to keep them apart! Zack Siler is the most popular guy at school and makes a bet that he can take any girl in school and turn her into the prom queen. With five weeks until the prom, his friends pick the weird art nerd Laney Boggs as Zack predictably gets more than he bargained for as he falls in love with his "creation". Released on January 29, 1999, She's All That was directed by Robert Iscove and a modern retelling of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. I've checked it out at least three times and I liked it for its share of jokes and comedic moments that really got me in the eye. And since it came out in the late '90s around the same time I entered junior high it was memorable for - among other fads of the time - featuring the MTV series The Real World. Although they appear to be opposites with few commonalities to deal with and coming from different backgrounds Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook prove to be more than a real cute match - they were really big stars here. :) Watch this overall great movie if you like teen romantic comedies or ugly duckling makeover stories.
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Dude, Where's My Car? 2000,  PG-13)
Dude, Where's My Car?
Uhm....dude, where is my car? All I remember from my first and only viewing of "Dude, Where's My Car?" about four years ago was that two stoned guys- Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott- forgot to remember the last night when they parked their car for the last time....and that was weird.
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd 2003,  PG-13)
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Before the first movie, Dumb And Dumber, there was high school. They missed the bus. And it was dumb at first sight, when Harry and Lloyd first met and became best friends in the mid-1980s. Meanwhile, to earn as much money from scams, Principal Collins and his lover, Ms. Heller, create a special needs class to sign up special students - including, among others, Harry and Lloyd. School news reporter Jessica is suspicious of the new course and frantically tries to uncover the truth behind it. Directed by Troy Miller, Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd features great acting performances from the following cast: 1.) Eric Christian Olsen (Lloyd) 2.) Derek Richardson (Harry) 3.) Rachel Nichols (Jessica) 4.) Eugene Levy (Principal Collins) 5.) Shia LaBeouf (Lewis) Dumb And Dumberer may be stupid and stupider, though like its predecessor, it's still funny and funnier to me, and not as bad as what the critics think. Or stupiderer and funnierer - but let's not explain the extra "-er" suffix so I can review this film title. Both Derek and Eric were very good in performing the younger versions of Jeff Daniels' and Jim Carrey's characters, respectively, and it's easy to tell that they facially looked alike. The film has its share of comedic moments as its quality matches those of the original, and it reminds me of your average '80s teen flick. In conclusion, yes, I did like it.
Dirty Deeds 2005,  PG-13)
The Sasquatch Gang (The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang) 2006,  PG-13)
Slackers 2002,  R)
Higher education just hit a new low. It's the last semester of senior year for Dave, Sam, and Jeff, whose entire collegiate existence has been an elaborate series of cons and scams designed to plagiarize essays, skip midterms, and covertly manipulate bell curves. When deranged geek Ethan gets wind of their scheming, he blackmails Dave and the gang into contriving a date between him and his crush. But as Dave cozies up to Angela, he realizes that no amount of scheming can hide the fact that he's the one that's truly in love.
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"I have copies. I'm not afraid to expel you!" Stop worrying about exams and start living the life. Everyone wants to be one, and I know you do, too. And when all else fails in life, cheat but don't get caught. I remember hearing of this movie through television promotions about 10 years ago when it went by a number of working titles while in production at the ill-fated upstart Destination Films (true story, no lie). Released on February 1, 2002, Slackers was directed by Dewey Nicks and sat on the shelf for over a year before being picked up for release by Sony's Screen Gems division. Now that I've recently watched this I can see it was entertaining and funny enough to be a very good movie. The acting performances here are very good including that of Devon Sawa and Jason Schwartzman who are both cool, and this is the only known film I know where red-haired Michael Maronna whom I saw on The Adventures Of Pete & Pete gets a really big role. And Laura Prepon is one totally sex-crazed chick! Cheating may be a personal foul but here it was done to impress a girl and I thought it was kinda fun. Overall, this is a fun college-themed flick that is worth a watch.
Sugar & Spice 2001,  PG-13)
Little Athens 2005,  R)
Snow Day 2000,  PG)
Sorority Boys 2002,  R)
Man of the House 1995,  PG)
Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999,  PG-13)
O.C. and Stiggs 1987,  R)

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