She's All That
If there is one thing I love, it’s a good 90’s rom-com. My favourite of all time is 10 Things I Hate About You and I honestly never thought I’d find one that comes close to it. Yet, I have finally found one. She’s All That is very similar to 10 Things I Hate About You, they both revolve around an anti-social girl who gets a bet placed on her by some guy who ends up realizing maybe she isn’t just a weirdo and has a personality.
There was a line from the film that I really liked when Zack said “Sometimes when you open up to people, you let the bad in with the good”. I think this is an important line not only for the character Laney to hear at the time in the film but for people in general. I found it kind of a sweet line that just resonated with me and how when you let people into your life they may let you down, but they can also bring a lot of fun and beauty into it as well.
The plot, even though it is very similar to that of 10 Things I Hate About You, is still very unique and different. I think something I really like about romcoms from the 80s and 90s is that they are so different from the ones we have today, where it is not the same story over and over again and not as cheesy. They have a different quality to them. They're just really fun and for someone who never grew up in the 90s, it's kind of fun to look at high school in that era.
I think the casting for this film was really well done. Laney portrayed by Rachael Leigh Cook reminded me of Victoria Justice and Anna Cathcart, and I love both of those actors so that was kind of cool. We also got really excited when we saw a ten-second cameo of Milo Ventimiglia from Gilmore Girls. Even though most of the main characters represent extreme stereotypes, I think they are still fun characters.
I would have liked to see more of Jesse and Misty, I think their characters could have played a bigger role in the main plot. Plus I would have really liked to see Laney put that miniature air horn up to Dean’s ear instead of being off-screen. I really liked the way the film ended and thought it was light and funny.
These kinds of movies just make you feel good. You get to see these characters really grow and you already know there will be a happy ending. It’s comforting and sweet. I really enjoyed watching this movie and I highly recommend it. The film is available on Netflix and coming soon is a reboot of the film called He’s All That, starring the likes of Addison Rae. Definitely watch this one first to get a feel for the original 90s story, before the modern version, where they have gender-swapped the two main roles and Rachael Leigh Cook returns to play Addison's mom.