Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
She’s All That (1999)
Yes, it is true – I’ve never watched She’s All That. Never. Ever.
I appreciate this probably seems quite odd as pretty much everyone who lived through the 1990s has seen She’s All That. I bet you’ve seen it.
Well, if like me you lived through the ’90s and you also haven’t seen She’s All That then welcome to the club! Although… in around 90 minutes’ time I will have seen She’s All That and that will mean I’m no longer eligible to be in the club.
Therefore I suggest you also watch She’s All That so that you can join me in the ‘I’ve seen She’s All That Club’. I can’t guarantee it will be a better club, but at least you’ll be amongst like minded people.
So, why have I never watched She’s All That? To be honest, I think the main reason I’ve not watched She’s All That is because so many people have seen this movie, that I felt like I didn’t need to see it – it’s already been watched enough.
Oh and also because I simply couldn’t be bothered.
*Clicks the play button*
3mins 30secs – I’m three minutes and 30 seconds into this movie and the most important thing to note is the fact this film was shot at the same school where the first three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer were shot! This film takes place at Sunnydale High School! As far as I’m concerned, this is effectively a Buffy crossover.
8mins – There’s a good chance I’ll make no further comments. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Sunnydale High in a movie.
9mins – So, there are quite a few famous faces in this movie including Matthew Lillard, Paul Walker, Usher and of course Rachael Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinz Jr.
14mins – Anna Paquin is in this movie! This would have been just before she appeared in X-Men and loooong before she was cut out of X-Men: Days of Future Past (and then reinstated in X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut).
27mins – I’ve just realised that I’m almost a third of the way through the film and I’ve not mentioned the story. This shouldn’t take long. Freddie Prinz Jr. wants to make Rachael Leigh Cook into a more attractive person. He doesn’t seem to have noticed that she’s already an attractive person. Apparently it says somewhere in the script that she’s not. Presumably the casting director didn’t get the memo that he needed to cast an ugly person.
27mins 20secs – Is ugly a politically correct term? I’m not sure. Hmm… how about, I say ‘person who is not as attractive as Rachael Leigh Cook’.
34mins – Everyone is at the beach, having fun and pretending they’re all much better looking than Rachael Leigh Cook. They’re not.
37mins – Freddie Prinz Jr. has just bought Rachael Leigh Cook a dress. He’s also roped Anna Paquin in to give her a makeover. Why? Because she’s ugly, remember?!
40mins 20secs – It’s OK, the ugly period is now over. After a (very) quick makeover, Rachael Leigh Cook has been tarted up so that now she looks like… er… Rachael Leigh Cook!
40mins 30secs – Seriously, she looks the same! She’s simply taken her glasses off, trimmed her hair and slapped on some fake tan. That’s it, nothing more! Bloody hell, if you’re going to make a film about a girl who gets a huge makeover I expect her to look like a train wreck before she gets some work done. I want to see a cross between Muttley and one of the Beverly Hill Billies, not a cross between a really good looking person and… ANOTHER really good looking person!
48mins – Rachael Leigh Cook has just been made to feel worthless. No, it wasn’t by the casting director who dared to suggest that she is ugly, but by one of the other characters in the film. I can see how you might get confused.
49mins – Meanwhile, Freddie Prinz Jr. is trying to convince her he’s not a jerk, even though he also thought she looked a bit rough before her makeover. Is everyone blind?
51mins – Changing the subject for a moment, the school is (apparently) called William Henry Harrison High School. Yeah right, you’re not fooling me! This is Sunnydale High! Vampires stalk the shadows, demons lurk at every corner and Mayor Wilkins is preparing for the Ascension.
1hr 1min – Rachael Leigh Cook has just asked if she’s kissable. I’m very confused about the mixed message in this movie. Are teens watching this movie supposed to feel sorry for her or are they supposed to think they’re ugly too, because they don’t look like her? SHE’S NOT UGLY! Jeez, the movie is called She’s All That! It’s in the bloody title.
1hr 2mins – BUFFY ALERT! BUFFY ALERT! BUFFY WAS JUST SAT IN THE LUNCH HALL! I knew it. I bloody knew it! I knew this was a Buffy crossover.
1hr 10mins – I’m getting so confused again. This movie is making an issue out of a non-issue. EVERYONE AT THIS BLOODY SCHOOL IS GOOD LOOKING – WHY DOES NO ONE ELSE SEE THIS?
1hr 11mins – THIS MOVIE IS CAUSING ME TO SHOUT!
1hr 18mins – A very elaborate dance routine is currently taking place at the high school prom. As much as I want to believe that this carefully choreographed routine is spontaneous I do have my doubts. At my high school dance we could barely do the Macarena, so I’m not sure I believe these ‘kids’ are just bustin’ out moves without some kind of inside help.
1hr 23mins – Right, dance is over – now time for the prom king and queen. And the girl crowned prom queen is…
1hr 23mins 10secs – …not Rachael Leigh Cook. Oh look, what a shocker. SERIOUSLY?!
1hr 28mins – Freddie Prinz Jr. has come to the realisation that he has been a jerk throughout this whole movie. Yep! More importantly, he’s come to the realisation that Rachael Leigh Cook is actually an attractive girl. Bloody hell, it’s taken him almost 90 minutes to work that one out. Talk about being slow on the uptake.
1hr 29mins – So… what was the message of this film again?
I’m probably about to piss off millions of She’s All That fans, but here goes: What was the point of this movie? What was the message? That beautiful girls who get told they’re munters are really beautiful?!
I just don’t get it.
OK, so the movie wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t a groundbreaking piece of cinema – or a defining teen film of the ’90s. Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You are much, much better movies. Much better. I think I could have lived without watching She’s All That.
20 down; 70 to go.
- Read: Part #21
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997), Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).