When a popular jock bets he can turn a social outcast into the next prom queen, all raunch busts loose in this unapologetic hit comedy that goes farther than any teen movie before!
I know, I know… it’s called ‘Not Another Teen Movie’. Urgh. I had the same reaction at first, and I had no plan to ever see this picture. Ever. But then, one day (many years ago), I made DVD deal and this title was included in that stack. Before getting rid of it, however, I decided to give it a shot (insatiable curiosity compounded by titillation can produce unusual results ).
The most unusual thing of all, was just how much I enjoyed it.
Not only did I laugh like crazy, but I got most of the references that they made, having seen my share of teen films in my day. Of course, pretty much the only reason to even watch ‘Not Another Teen Movie’ is for the parody, which I think is done relatively successfully.
In fact, it’s many notches above the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise and other films of its ilk – some of which really scavenge the lower depths of filmmaking and comedy. Not only are these nods integrated into the story fairly well, but I found that, for the most part, the gags were funnier and actually executed properly.
It’s a tremendously vulgar film, however. Just because it’s based on a bevy of films with PG ratings doesn’t mean that the filmmakers decided to keep it that way. Nope. Hardly. ‘NATM’ crosses the line on so many counts, going for shock value in ways that I’m surprised escaped North American censors’ prejudices.
So, unless your parents or your kids are okay with scenes rife with nudity and ample references to anal sex, female masturbation, voyeurism, incest, lesbianism, scatology and various kinks (What? No bestiality or necrophilia, you ask? Perhaps they were keeping this for a possible sequel. ), I’d watch it alone or with like-minded friends.
It’s most notable for being one of Chris Evans’ first films – and certainly his first lead role. Right from the start, I was impressed with his comic timing and just how much he made out of a cardboard role (all the parts were cardboard – after all, the film satirizes over two dozen films by using stereotypes). He was actually pretty good.
But I never would have suspected that he would not only become Johnny Storm, but that he’d make it BIG as Captain America someday. Un-fricken-believable. And to think that I was already sufficiently impressed that he had gotten a gig in a Danny Boyle film! It turns out that he had a lot more going for him than I could ever have imagined.
Otherwise, ‘Not Another Teen Movie’ is everything you would expect it to be. It uses the structure of ‘She’s All That’ and then throws everything else into the mix to great effect. It’s nasty, dumb fun, and it’s going to be a riot for those familiar with the source material and those who believe that these films deserve to get lampooned.
Nota bene: according to the film’s wiki entry, the teen flicks it riffs on are: 10 Things I Hate About You, Almost Famous, American Beauty, American Pie, Better Off Dead, The Breakfast Club, Bring It On, Can’t Buy Me Love, Can’t Hardly Wait, Cruel Intentions, Dazed and Confused, Detroit Rock City, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Footloose, Grease, Jawbreaker, The Karate Kid, Lucas, Never Been Kissed, Porky’s, Pretty in Pink, Risky Business, Road Trip, Rudy, Save the Last Dance, She’s All That, Sixteen Candles, and Varsity Blues.