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SHE’S ALL THAT

A disgustingly predictable teen-romcom with all the clichés and a dash of Freddie Prinze. 

She’s All That is a 1999 film directed by Robert Iscove and is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. It was one of the most popular teen films of the 1990s and reached #1 at the box office in its first week of release.

The film has received mixed reviews by critics, with rate of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and Top Critics rating the film with 25%.

Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as a high school hottie who makes a bet with a fellow classmate that he can turn geeky Rachel Leigh Cook into a Prom Queen. Problems arise when hot shot Prinze becomes involved and in love with the transformed Cook.

 

Most of the criticism is directed to the now infamous choreographed group dance scene at the prom near the end of the movie.

Many felt it was completely unrealistic that all of these student would be so perfectly in synced with their dancing.

However many fans disagreed and argued that the dance scene fits in perfectly with the film, and is often rated among a handful of other choreographed dance scenes in a comedy as one of the best.

We’ve all seen it before… artsy weird girl gets made over transcends in highschool popularity, kicks Queen B off her thrown and gets hot jock to fall in love with her… Happily Ever Whatevs!

The staircase scene (Rachael Leigh Cook walking down in the red dress) will continue to be parodied by 90s kids while playing Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me” in the background.

BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

This got me jumping on the couch and chating “San Dimas Highschool Football Rules!”

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a 1989 science fiction-comedy bromance film and the first installment in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two metalhead slackers travel through time to assemble a menagerie of historical figures for their high school history presentation.

It stars a young Keanu Reeves as “Ted” Theodore Logan, Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston, Esquire and George Carlin as Rufus.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure received reviews which were most positive upon release and was commercially successful. It is now considered a cult classic. 

The film opens in San Dimas, California in the year 2688 AD. Rufus (Carlin) prepares to use a time-traveling phone booth to travel back to 1988 to ensure the Two Great Ones–Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan – remain together to form the band “Wyld Stallyns” whose music will become the core of the future’s Utopian society.

Rufus finds that Bill and Ted are on the verge of failing their high school history class and should Ted fail his father will ship him off to an Alaskan military academy, effectively ending the pair’s dreams of forming a band.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventurewas a financial success, grossing $40.4 million domestically on a budget of about $10 million.

Most memorable quotes:

  • “This is a dude who, 700 years ago totally ravaged China and who we were told 2 hours ago, totally ravaged Oshman’s Sporting Goods.”
  • “Be excellent to each other. And… PARTY ON, DUDES!”
  • “Sounds good, Mr. The Kid!”
  • “So, Bill, what you’re telling me, essentially, is that Napoleon was a short dead dude.”
  • “Oh, you beautiful babes from England for whom we have traveled through time… will you go to the prom with us in San Dimas? We will have a most triumphant time!”

A theatrical sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” was released in 1991 and an untitled third film is planned to be released in 2013. Yipee!

Fingers crossed they don’t massacre a classic.