"Not Another Teen Movie" (2001)
Directed By: Joel Gallen
Written By: Mike Bender, Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson, Phil Beauman, Buddy Johnson
Released: May 24th, 2002
Runtime: 89 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
"Not Another Teen Movie" shows no mercy as it skewers the conventions and clichés of the genre you hate to love. Join Janey Briggs (Chyler Leigh), an aspiring artist who is outcast by her classmates for wearing glasses, a ponytail and paint-covered overalls; and Jake Wyler (Chris Evans), the all-American football star who makes a foolish bet to turn Janey into a prom queen, in a risqué romp with an assortment of twisted takes on classic teen characters and teen movies.
Ah now this is a guilty pleasure if there ever was one. I enjoyed this way more than I should have!
It’s all the blatant teen movie references. What can I say? I love it. Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, American Beauty, Sixteen Candles, 10 Things I Hate About You, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Risky Business, She's All That, American Pie, Clueless, Never Been Kissed - among others… The school is called John Hughes Highschool, and the canteen is called The Anthony Michael Hall, Hall. It’s so cheesy but I love it so much. I love that they got Molly Ringwald and Paul Gleason to take part as well!
Some moments are downright crude but over the top is what this film is going for and it certainly does that. Not for everyone, but surprisingly enjoyable nonetheless. It's no cinematic masterpiece, but if you want a laugh and like parody movies...here you go!