Reviewed by: Debbie Blanton
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Kevin Pollak, Kieran Culkin, Elden Ratliff / Director: Robert Iscove
“She’s All That”—is it a modern-day “My Fair Lady” for today’s high school crowd? Some may think so, but this movie with potential is unfortunately marred by unnecessary profanity and sexual situations.
Student Body President Zachary “Zack” Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) returns to school from Spring Break to find that his conceited girlfriend has dumped him for an older guy who was on MTV’s “Real World” (and gotten a tattoo in the process). In order to save his “legacy” Zack makes a bet with one of his friends that he can take any girl and mold her to be the next prom queen just by helping her get fixed up and dating her. His friend chooses a nerdy-type girl (Rachel Leigh Cook) who is into art and is struggling to find herself amidst her dark paintings. Zack also finds himself struggling with his future and having trouble making decisions about what to do, leading to problems with his father. The two find themselves unexpectedly falling in love with each other, discovering the beauty inside and encouraging each other to reach their full potential.
There is no nudity but the movie does contain several sexual innuendos and one especially cringing lunchroom scene involving pubic hair. It also contains a couple of instances of implied sex, plus displays of teen drinking. It contains several instances of profanity which include one “F” word and one use of God’s name in vain. Although the acting and the plot were well written I found myself thinking that this is not a movie I would recommend for anyone to see, much less a child or teenager. There were several offensive moments in the movie that should have been left out that would not have changed the story.